Universities with a largely technological focus -- Caltech, MIT, and Georgia Tech -- do not have separate admissions for engineers. Also, Stanford believes that engineers should still have a broad general education and does not have a separate application for their engineering school. Nevertheless, universities will look for strong math skills from engineering applicants.
Many of the large comprehensive universities with separate engineering schools have different admissions standards for engineering applicants. This is true for Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Illinois, Michigan and Purdue. Berkeley's admissions are the messiest of all, for admissions are different for each engineering field. Students who apply to Berkeley with their engineering field "undeclared" face the toughest admissions standards of all.
When the data is available, the chart below represents SAT scores for the middle 50% of engineering students who enroll. Michigan and Berkeley do not post specific data for engineers, so the numbers below reflect university-wide general admissions. Engineering numbers are likely higher, especially for math.
Realize, of course, that SAT scores are just one part of the application. Admissions officers at the top engineering schools will also be looking for a strong high school record, good letters of recommendation, a well-crafted essay and meaningful extracurricular activities.
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data from National Center for Educational Statistics and University Web Sites
Top Engineering Schools SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
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|Berkeley (general admissions)||600||730||630||760||610||740|
|Carnegie Mellon (CIT)||630||730||680||780||640||740|
|Illinois (engineering)||1920 - 2150 (reading, math, writing)|
|Michigan (general admissions)||630||730||670||770||650||750|
|Purdue (engineering)||1720 - 2010 (reading, math, writing)|