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%)
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|See the ACT version of this table|