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SAT Scores for Admission to Public Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of SAT Scores for Highly Ranked Public Universities

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Do you have the SAT scores you need to get into a competitive public university? This article compares the SAT scores of accepted students for 22 highly ranked public universities. If your scores fall within or above the range in the chart below, you're on target for admission to one of these great public universities. Also check out the SAT comparison chart for the top 10 public universities.

SAT scores are just one part of the application. It's possible to have scores above the averages presented here and still get rejected if other parts of your application are weak. Similarly, some students with scores significantly below the ranges listed here gain admission because they demonstrate other strengths.

Also, if you are an out-of-state applicant, you may need to have SAT scores significantly higher than those shown here. Most state-funded universities give preference to in-state applicants.

To see a full profile of each public university including acceptance rates and financial aid information, click on the names in the chart below. You can also check out these other SAT charts (or ACT charts):

SAT Comparison Charts: Ivy League | top universities | top liberal arts | top engineering | more top liberal arts | top public universities | top public liberal arts colleges | University of California campuses | Cal State campuses | SUNY campuses | more SAT charts

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

Top Public University SAT Scores (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

SAT Scores
Reading Math Writing
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Binghamton 580 670 620 700 570 660
Clemson 550 650 590 680 540 640
Connecticut 550 640 580 670 - -
Delaware 540 650 560 660 540 640
Florida 570 670 590 690 - -
Georgia 560 660 560 670 560 660
Indiana 510 630 540 650 510 620
James Madison 540 640 550 650 540 640
Maryland 580 680 610 710 - -
Minnesota 540 690 610 740 550 670
Ohio State 540 660 600 700 550 650
Penn State 530 630 560 670 530 640
Pitt 570 680 600 690 560 660
Purdue 490 610 550 690 500 610
Rutgers 520 630 560 680 560 640
Texas 540 670 580 710 540 680
Texas A&M 530 650 570 670 510 620
UC Davis 520 650 570 680 530 650
UC Irvine 510 620 560 680 520 640
UCSB 540 650 550 670 540 650
Virginia Tech 540 640 570 670 540 630
Washington 520 650 580 700 540 650
See the ACT version of this table

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