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What Are Good SAT Scores?

One of the most frequent questions we get from high school parents and students is "What are good SAT scores?" The truth of the matter is, there's no simple answer to that question. It depends on which colleges a student plans to apply to, how selective those colleges are, and how important standardized test scores are in the admissions process. What are considered good SAT scores for one college could be considered exceptional scores for another.

Are My SAT Scores Good Enough?

The average SAT scores for 2019 high school graduates are 531 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and 528 Math. However, most colleges release data regarding the average SAT scores for first-year students at their schools, which is one of the best ways for students to determine whether their SAT scores are considered "good enough" for a particular college. Typically, the more selective a college is, the higher its average SAT scores for first-year students will be. Keep in mind though that SAT scores are just one piece of the college admissions puzzle. In most cases, high SAT scores that aren't backed up by other aspects of a student's application (like a strong high school record, extracurricular and volunteer activities, strong application essays and recommendations, etc.) are unlikely to win a student admission to a college. However, when it comes down to it, the higher a student's SAT scores are, the better, as strong SAT scores will give a student more options when applying to colleges.

SAT Scores Comparison Chart

As we mentioned above, one of the best ways to find out if a student has good SAT scores for a college is to compare the student's SAT scores with the average SAT scores for first-year students at that particular school. The comparison chart below shows the SAT scores for the middle 50% of first-year students, the acceptance rate, and the weight given to standardized test scores for a variety of popular colleges and universities. Though a student's goal should be for his or her SAT scores to fall within or above the middle 50% range for a college, remember that 25% of first-year students at that college scored below that range and still gained acceptance to the school. If you don't see the college you're looking for on this list, go to the College Board's College Search site.

College/University SAT Scores for Middle 50% of First-Year Students Acceptance Rate Weight Given to Standardized Test Scores in Admissions Process
American University 620-700 ERW 36% Considered (not required)
590-680 M
Amherst College 690-760 ERW 11% Very Important
720-790 M
Arizona State University 560-670 ERW 86% Very Important
560-690 M
Auburn University 580-650 ERW 81% Very Important
570-670 M
Barnard College 670-750 ERW 12% Important
670-770 M
Bates College 630-750 ERW 12% Considered (not required)
640-730 M
Baylor University 600-680 ERW 45% Very Important
600-700 M
Boston College 660-730 ERW 27% Very Important
680-770 M
Boston University 650-720 ERW 19% Important
690-790 M
Bowdoin College 660-740 ERW 9% Important
670-780 M
Brown University 740-800 ERW 7% Very Important
720-790 M
Bryn Mawr College 640-740 ERW 33% Considered
650-770 M
Claremont McKenna College 670-730 ERW 10% Very Important
690-780 M
Colby College 680-740 ERW 10% Considered
700-780 M
Colorado State University 540-650 ERW 81% Important
530-640 M
Cornell University 680-760 ERW 11% Very Important
720-800 M
Dartmouth College 710-770 ERW 8% Very Important
730-790 M
Duke University 670-750 ERW 10% Very Important
710-790 M
Emory University 670-740 ERW 16% Important
690-790 M
George Washington University 630-720 ERW 41% Considered
650-750 M
Georgia Institute of Technology 630-730 ERW 21% Important
670-780 M
Hamilton College 670-740 ERW 16% Important
700-780 M
Harvard College 710-770 ERW 5% Considered
750-800 M
Ithaca College 590-680 ERW 73% Considered (not required)
570-670 M
Middlebury College 670-750 ERW 15% Important
680-780 M
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 730-770 ERW 7% Important
780-800 M
Northwestern University 700-760 ERW 9% Very Important
740-790 M
Princeton University 710-770 ERW 5% Very Important
730-800 M
Stanford University 700-770 ERW 4% Very Important
740-800 M
University of Chicago 730-770 ERW 6% Considered
770-800 M
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)  650-730 ERW 23% Very Important
650-760 M
University of Pennsylvania 700-760 ERW 8% Very Important
750-800 M
University of Virginia 670-740 ERW 24% Important
670-780 M
University of Wisconsin (Madison) 630-710 ERW 53% Important
680-780 M
Virginia Tech 590-680 ERW 70% Very Important
590-710 M
Washington University in St. Louis 710-770 ERW 14% Very Important
760-800 M
Yale University 720-770 ERW 6% Very Important
740-800 M

Related Topics

  • For more general information about the SAT Test, visit our SAT Test page.
  • Students have options when it comes to sending SAT scores to colleges. Find out why StudyPoint recommends viewing SAT scores before sending them to colleges. Visit our Sending SAT Scores page.
  • For information about upcoming SAT test dates, visit our SAT Test Dates page.

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