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SAT Scores for 10 Top Schools in 2011

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Want to see how your SAT scores stack up to the average scores of students accepted into some of the nation’s top colleges in 2011?

Whether you want to study astrophysics or art history, whether you prefer a big city school on the coast or a small liberal arts school in the Midwest, these average SAT scores from great schools outside of the Ivy League should give you a better idea of what it might take to get into that school of your dreams.

Although SAT scores are just one of the many factors that go into determining college admissions — and there are no hard-and-fast score requirements for most schools — these stats will provide you with something to compare your own scores to and a way to gauge the types of schools that might be good fits for you.

Remember that the SAT exam is composed of three sections (critical reading, math and writing), each of which is graded out of a maximum of 800 points. The scores achieved on each section are then combined to come up with the composite SAT score, which is out of a maximum of 2400 points.

Boston College

Of the freshman class admitted to BC in 2011, the middle 50 percent of students scored in the range of 1920 to 2135.

California Institute of Technology

For the middle 50 percent of CalTech’s freshman class of 2015, average SAT scores fell between 2200 and 2340.

Davidson College

At Davidson, the middle 50 percent of students enrolled in the class of 2015 received average scores on each section of the SAT as follows: 640 to 740 in critical reading, 650 to 740 in math and 640 to 730 in writing.

Emory University

Among this southern school’s class of 2015, the middle 50 percent of students scored within the ranges of 650 to 750 in critical reading, 670 to 770 in math and 660 to 750 in writing. In terms of composite SAT scores, the freshman class’s average scores fell in the range of 2020 to 2220.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The average scores of students admitted to MIT in 2011 fell in the ranges of 680 to 780 in critical reading, 740 to 800 in math and 690 to 780 in writing. No shocker that the highest scores were in math here!

Middlebury College

The middle 50 percent of Middlebury’s freshman class of 2015 boasted SAT scores between 1950 and 2240.

Rice University

This Texas institution is one of those schools that only takes the critical reading and math portions of the SAT into consideration when calculating composite scores. Of its freshman class of 2015, the middle 50 percent had composite scores in the range of 1380 to 1510. Broken down, this reflected average scores between 650 and 750 in critical reading and between 690 and 790 in math.

Stanford University

Looking at the freshman class that entered Stanford in the fall of 2011, 68 percent scored in the range of 700 to 800 in critical reading, 76 percent scored  in the range of 700 to 800 in math, and 74 percent scored in the range of 700 to 800 in writing.

University of Notre Dame

Another school that doesn’t include the writing section in calculations of composite SAT scores, Notre Dame judges students’ scores on a scale up to 1600. The middle 50 percent of students who make up this school’s class of 2015 scored in the range of 1370 to 1500.

University of Southern California

The average scores for USC’s class of 2015 fell in the range of 1970 to 2180. When broken down into individual sections, the middle 50 percent scored between 610 and 720 in critical reading, 670 and 770 in math and 650 and 740 in writing.

How do your scores stack up? Again, these average scores are intended only to give you an idea of what students accepted into schools such as these tend to get on the SAT, and the scores certainly do not represent requirements. While SAT scores are important to an extent, there are many other mitigating factors (such as GPA, involvement in extracurricular activities and great personal essays) that are taken into consideration by admissions committees and can make up for SAT scores that are lower than average.

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