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SAT Scores for 25 Top Schools


Student taking test If you’re thinking about applying to some of the top colleges in the US, you’ll need to know the average SAT scores at these highly-ranked schools.

Most colleges require you to submit your scores from either the SAT or the ACT with your application, and many publish the average SAT scores for the middle 50% (25th-75th percentile) of their accepted applicants every year.

These colleges represent a range of options all over the country: public and private schools, tiny classes and overflowing lecture halls, liberal arts colleges and research institutions. They also display a range of average SAT scores. Below is a list of the average SAT scores for 25 top US schools during the 2013-14 academic year.

The thing they have in common? They offer some of the best undergraduate educations you can get!

Colleges and Universities

Average SAT Score

(Middle 50%)

California Institute of Technology

2300

Washington University in St. Louis

2220

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2235

Swarthmore College

2165

Stanford University

2210

Amherst College

2155

Duke University

2185

University of Chicago

2255

Williams College

2175

Northwestern University

2200

Carleton College

2135

Carnegie Mellon University

2135

Rice University

2180

Brown University

2155

Bowdoin College

2165

University of Pennsylvania

2185

Dartmouth College

2190

Vanderbilt University

2215

Pomona College

2195

Tufts University

2170

Harvey Mudd College

2195

Columbia University

2215

Yale University

2255

Princeton University

2255

Harvard University

2260

More Than an SAT Score

Preparing for your SATs and doing your best on the test is important, but there’s more to college admissions than getting a top SAT score. Even at these schools with high average SAT scores, many students with perfect scores are passed over in favor of students who have proven their abilities in other ways.

If you’re considering some of these top schools, their average SAT scores can serve as your testing goal. But remember to put as much effort into the other parts of your application as you do into your test scores – your other materials can convince admissions officers that you’re the perfect fit for their school!

Other posts you may be interested in:

Average SAT Scores at Ivy League Schools

Average ACT Scores at Ivy League Schools

Average ACT Scores for Top Schools



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