Ever wonder what kind of SAT scores it takes to get into an Ivy League school?
Though it’s impossible to predict admissions chances based solely on test scores — there are so many other factors that go into the deliberation process of whether or not to accept a student — these stats should give you a better idea of what to shoot for if your school of choice is among the Ivy League.
Each Ivy League school has its own unique policies and ways of reporting SAT scores of admitted and/or enrolled students, so the information below represents what is available on the schools’ individual websites.
In case you need a bit more context to interpret the following scores, the SAT is comprised of three sections (critical reading, math and writing), each of which receives a score out of a maximum 800 points. The scores from each individual section are then added up to determine the final composite SAT score, which is out of a maximum 2400 points.
At Columbia, a fair number of students admitted last year had scores in the range of 760 to 800 in a single section of the SAT: 39 percent in critical reading, 51 percent in math and 46 percent in writing. In terms of overall SAT scores, the middle 50 percent of admitted students scored between 2150 and 2320.
UPDATED: Among the 88 percent of Cornell’s fall freshmen who submitted SAT scores, the average score on the critical reading section was 678, and the average score on the math section was 715. The average total score was 1393.
The middle 50 percent received a score between 630 and 730 on the critical reading section and 670 and 770 on the math section. The middle 50 percent earned a total score between 1320 and 1480.
Of the students Dartmouth accepted this past year, more than 77 percent had scores of 700 or above in the critical reading and/or math portions of the SAT. And in terms of the writing section, more than 80 percent had scores of 700 or higher.
This Ivy League school’s website did not include statistics on the SAT scores of its admitted or enrolled students, but it did note that “the majority of students admitted to the College represent a range of scores from roughly 600 to 800 on each section of the SAT Reasoning Test as well as on the SAT Subject Tests.”
The middle 50 percent of students enrolled in Princeton’s class of 2015 received SAT scores in the range of 700 to 790 in critical reading, 710 to 800 in math and 700 to 790 in writing.
University of Pennsylvania
At the University of Pennsylvania, the middle 50 percent of the class of 2015 had SAT scores in the range of 670 to 750 in critical reading, 690 to 780 in math and 680 to 780 in writing.
Last but not least, in Yale’s freshman class, the percentage of students that scored in the range of 760 to 800 on a single section of the SAT was more than 40 percent in critical reading, more than 50 percent in math and 50 percent in writing.
How do your scores stack up?
Do you think your current SAT scores are good enough to grant you admission to an Ivy League college, or could you benefit from taking the test again?