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SAT Scores for Admission to Top Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Top University Admissions Data

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(Note: scores for the Ivy League are addressed in a separate article)

If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the top private universities 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 top 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 university, 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 University SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

SAT Scores
Reading Math Writing
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Carnegie Mellon 630 730 680 780 640 740
Duke 660 750 690 780 670 770
Emory 640 740 670 760 650 750
Georgetown 640 750 650 750 - -
Johns Hopkins 630 730 670 770 650 750
Northwestern 680 750 700 780 680 770
Notre Dame 660 750 680 770 - -
Rice 650 750 680 780 650 760
Stanford 670 770 690 780 680 780
University of Chicago 700 790 700 780 - -
Vanderbilt 680 770 700 780 670 760
Washington University 690 760 710 780 - -
View the ACT version of this table

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