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SAT Scores for Admission to Top Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Top 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 top 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 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 college, 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 College SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

SAT Scores
Reading Math Writing
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Amherst 660 760 660 770 670 770
Carleton 660 750 660 760 660 750
Grinnell 600 720 610 710 - -
Haverford 650 750 650 750 660 760
Middlebury 640 740 650 740 650 750
Pomona 680 780 690 770 680 780
Swarthmore 680 770 670 760 680 770
Wellesley 650 740 640 750 660 750
Wesleyan 635 740 660 740 650 750
Williams 660 770 650 760 - -
View the ACT version of this table

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