College Readiness

Ready, Set, College!

The college selection process for Prep seniors is all about fit. The actual college experience for our graduates is marked by academic success, campus leadership, involvement in athletics, and community service. Prep is the only secondary school in New Mexico to track preparedness for college after students graduate from Santa Fe Prep.

Statistics that demonstrate the success of our students in the overall college process:

College Preparedness

  • Over the past four years the average first-year GPA for Prep graduates is a 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

Statistics for the 2017-2018 School Year

  • Five National Merit Semi-Finalists Class of 2018
  • Five National Merit Finalists Class of 2018
  • Four National Hispanic Scholar Class of 2018
  • Average AP Score English Literature: 3.2
  • Average AP Score AB Calculus: 4.2
  • Average AP Score BC Calculus: 4.6
  • Average AP Score Spanish: 4.7
  • Average AP Environmental Science: 3.4
  • Average Prep GPA Class of 2018: 3.5
  • Average SAT out of 1600 Class of 2018: 1330
  • Average Composite ACT Class of 2018: 29

Testing Trend Analysis 2013-2018 (6 years)

  • Average Prep GPA: 3.3
  • Average SAT 1600: 1254
  • Average Composite ACT: 28

College Application Results for the Class of 2018

  • 69% of all applications were accepted.
  • 50% were accepted to the Most Competitive Colleges according to Barron’s Profile of American Colleges.
  • Average number of applications submitted per student: 7
  • 78% of Early Decision Applicants were accepted.
  • 81% of Early Action Applications were accepted.

*Most Competitive Colleges Admitting the Class of 2018

Barnard, Bates, Boston College, Boston U, Brown, Bryn Mawr, UCLA, Carleton, Claremont McKenna (3), Colby, Colorado College (7), Connecticut College (2), Dickinson (2), Franklin & Marshall, George Washington (5), Georgia Tech, Hamilton, Kenyon, Lehigh, Lewis and Clark (6), Macalester (2), Mount Holyoke, New York U (2), Northeastern U (3), Northwestern, Occidental (3), Pitzer (6), Rice, U Richmond, U Rochester (2), Santa Clara (7), Scripps, Skidmore, USC, Southern Methodist (6), Trinity College, Tulane (4), Washington U, Wesleyan (2), Whitman (3), Williams.

* Based on Barron’s Categories: Most Competitive accept fewer than 33%, require applicants be in the top 10-20% of their class, SATs between 655 and 800, and ACT of 29 to 36. Most Selective According to ACCIS: 25% Accept rate or less.

Merit and Need Based Scholarship Awards for Class of 2018

  • Total amount of scholarship granted to class of 2018: $3,127,077 (per year)
  • Average award per student at schools they chose to attend: $33,444 (per year)
  • Number of students receiving awards: 33/57
  • % of class receiving awards: 58%