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Question #92942 posted on 02/26/2020 12:54 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

First off, thank you so much for existing and for all of the hard work that you do! Seriously I’ve had so many of my questions answered by coming here and I just wanted to thank you for that.

Second, I had a question about scholarships awarded to the incoming class of 2024, specifically about the academic scholarships awarded. According to BYU’s website

“Freshman scholarships are determined based on the student’s unweighted high school GPA and the ACT/SAT score submitted with the admissions application by the appropriate deadline. Students are ranked and scholarships awarded accordingly.”

However, myself and three other friends have the exact same ACT and unweighted high school GPA’s. Two of us got Heritage Scholarships, while the other two got a one year academic scholarship. Did BYU base academic scholarships off of other criteria as well, or did they just run out of funds midway through, or was it possibly a mistake?

-Confused but Excited to be a Cougar!


Dear Confuzzled,

I know for sure that just BYU's admissions office looks at more than high school GPA and ACT score, but am not familiar with how scholarships are handed out. 

If you think it might be a mistake, I'd suggest emailing the admissions office.



Dear future Freshman,

I think you're thinking of the GPA/ACT matrix that no longer exists. This is the image that they found.

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Best of luck and beware of tunnel worms!



Dear BYU Bound,

So, if I remember correctly BYU combines the best sub-scores (they also don't consider the writing sub score on the SAT). I took the ACT three times, and they looked at the best subsection on each and it gave me an extra point. So that's one possible explanation. However, I definitely second Anathema's recommendation to email the admissions office.

Hope this helps!