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By: Nicole at University Language On: October 23, 2009 In: Applying to College, Testing Comments: 0

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 2017-18 academic year.

Colleges and Universities

Average SAT Score

California Institute of Technology

1560

Washington University in St. Louis

1510

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1520

Cornell University

1480

Stanford University

1520

Johns Hopkins University

1510

Duke University

1540

University of Chicago

1540

Notre Dame University

1490

Northwestern University

1510

Georgetown University

1460

Carnegie Mellon University

1490

Rice University

1510

Brown University

1500

Emory University

1430

University of Pennsylvania

1510

Dartmouth College

1500

Vanderbilt University

1530

UC Berkeley

1440

University of Virginia

1410

UCLA

1370

Columbia University

1530

Yale University

1540

Princeton University

1520

Harvard University

1540

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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