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SAT Scores for Admission to Selective Liberal Arts Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

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If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the selective liberal arts colleges in the United States, here's a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these highly-ranked colleges.

Realize, of course, that SAT scores are just one part of the application. Perfect 800s don't guarantee admission if other parts of your application are weak. Admissions officers will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

To see a full profile of each college, click on the names in the chart below. You can also check out these other SAT charts (or ACT charts):

SAT Comparison Charts: the Ivy League | top universities (non-Ivy) | top liberal arts colleges | 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 National Center for Educational Statistics

Top College SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

SAT Scores
Reading Math Writing
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Bowdoin 670 750 660 740 670 760
Bryn Mawr 600 710 600 720 630 710
Claremont McKenna 630 720 670 760 640 730
Colby 620 710 630 710 610 710
Colgate 620 720 640 720 620 730
College of the Holy Cross Test-Optional Admissions
Davidson 630 730 640 718 630 730
Denison 600 690 590 670 - -
Dickinson 600 690 590 680 600 690
Gettysburg 610 690 610 690 - -
Hamilton 650 740 660 730 650 730
Kenyon 640 740 610 690 640 730
Lafayette 590 680 620 700 580 680
Macalester 650 740 630 710 640 730
Oberlin 650 740 630 720 640 740
Reed 670 750 630 720 650 740
Vassar 670 740 650 730 660 750
Washington and Lee 650 740 660 740 650 730
Whitman 630 730 620 710 630 715
View the ACT version of this table
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