College SAT & ACT Score Interquartiles

One of the most common questions parents ask us at Revolution Prep is, “what is a good SAT/ACT score?” Like with many things in life, the answer is, “it depends.” Trying to understand where a student needs to score to get into his top choice school can be a bit tricky, as there are a lot of factors that go into college admission.

There are no “guaranteed” scores that will have a student instantly on their way to Harvard or Hogwarts. Transcripts are still the most important consideration when it comes to admissions, which is why they should remain a student’s primary focus throughout their high school career. In fact, we make our tutors take an oath that no test preparation will do anything to hurt a student’s GPA. Aside from GPA, there are other very significant factors that can have a big influence on admission, such as strong family connections at a school. If you are a recruited athlete or underrepresented minority, these can also be significant factors that influence admission.

There are many things that can impact college admissions, but second to GPA are a student’s SAT/ACT test scores. As a rule of thumb, a student wants to be at the higher end of the interquartile score for his top choice school. The interquartile score shows us what the range is in the middle of a set of scores and eliminates any outliers which could skew the data based on an individual high or low score.

To give you some context, we developed this handy chart of 200 of the most applied to schools around the country and the ranges of SAT & ACT scores entering freshman received. Your advisor can help you determine the interquartile score for your individual scores and a plan to help you achieve your goal score.

College Test Scores: A-E

SchoolSAT MathSAT Reading & WritingACT Math & ReadingACT Science & English
American University570-660585-69024-2826-33
Amherst College660-770665-76029-3431-35
Arizona State University-Tempe520-650500-62023-2821-28
Auburn University540-650515-62023-2824-32
Babson College610-710565-64026-3026-31
Bard College570-670600-71026-3126-31
Barnard College620-710640-73026-3130-34
Beloit College560-660550-71023-2824-32
Bentley University600-680545-63026-3026-30
Boston College640-740630-71028-3329-34
Boston University610-720585-67025-3026-32
Bowdoin College670-750670-76029-3431-34
Brandeis University620-760615-71027-3428-34
Brigham Young University-Provo (BYU)590-680580-68026-3026-33
Brown University660-780665-76028-3430-35
Bryn Mawr College610-730610-71026-3127-34
Bucknell University620-720590-68027-3228-33
Butler University530-640525-63025-2924-31
California Institute of Technology (Cal Tech)770-800730-80035-3634-35
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo580-680550-64026-3024-30
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (Poly Pomona)470-620450-57021-2719-25
California State University-Fullerton470-580450-55019-2519-24
California State University-Long Beach480-590460-55020-2620-24
California State University-Los Angeles390-510385-48015-2215-20
California State University-Northridge400-530400-51016-2315-22
California State University-Sacramento420-540410-52017-2417-22
Carleton College670-770665-75029-3329-33
Carnegie Melon University700-790645-74030-3430-34
Case Western Reserve University (Case Western)660-760600-72028-3428-34
Centre College580-680560-67028-3126-31
Chapman University560-660550-64024-2925-31
Claremont McKenna College690-760670-74029-3430-34
Colby College630-720610-71027-3228-33
Colgate University650-740630-72028-3330-34
College of the Holy Cross610-690610-69028-3128-31
College of William and Mary620-720625-74027-3228-34
Colorado College610-720615-71026-3128-34
Colorado School of Mines630-720560-67027-3225-31
Columbia University700-790690-78029-3532-35
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art650-780605-71030-3330-33
Cornell University680-780650-74030-3430-34
Creighton University540-660530-64024-2923-32
Dartmouth College680-780675-78030-3530-35
Davidson College640-710620-73029-3329-33
Denison University600-670590-66027-3127-31
Dickinson College600-690590-67027-3127-31
Drake University550-680510-64024-2924-31
Duke University690-790665-76030-3531-35
Earlham College560-640555-70026-3126-31
Emerson College550-650585-68024-3026-30
Emory College670-750655-77030-3430-34

College Test Scores: F-R

SchoolSAT MathSAT Reading & WritingACT Math & ReadingACT Science & English
Florida International University530-610530-62023-2723-27
Florida State University550-640560-64025-2925-29
Franklin W Olin College of Engineering730-790680-76031-3430-34
Furman University560-660560-66024-3024-30
George Mason University530-630520-62023-2722-29
George Washington University610-700610-69026-3127-33
Georgetown University650-750640-75029-3529-35
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)660-760605-70029-3428-33
Gettysburg College600-680600-69027-2927-29
Goshen College480-630470-62022-2921-31
Grinnell College650-760630-74027-3329-35
Gustavus Adolphus College570-660570-68025-2924-30
Hamilton College660-740650-73030-3330-33
Harvard College710-800705-80031-3533-35
Harvey Mudd College740-800680-76033-3633-35
Haverford College650-740660-75029-3429-34
Illinois Institute of Technology640-740520-64026-2624-24
Illinois Wesleyan University570-740510-62025-3025-31
Indiana University-Bloomington540-660515-63024-3024-31
Iowa State University520-680480-62021-2822-28
Johns Hopkins University660-770645-74029-3531-34
Kenyon College610-690630-72026-3129-34
Lehigh University640-740580-67028-3228-32
Lewis & Clark College580-670590-72026-3126-31
Liberty University440-570450-57019-2519-26
Louisiana State University (LSU)530-630500-62022-2723-29
Loyola Marymount University560-660545-64024-2925-32
Macalester College640-710630-74027-3229-34
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)740-800675-77034-3631-35
Michigan State University540-690445-58023-2822-29
Middlebury College650-740645-74030-3330-33
Missouri University of Science and Technology610-690520-67026-3124-31
New College of Florida570-660610-72025-2828-33
New York University630-740615-72028-3228-32
North Carolina State University-Raleigh560-670520-64024-3022-30
Northeastern University660-750640-73030-3330-33
Northwestern University700-790690-76030-3532-35
Oberlin College620-710635-74028-3228-32
Occidental College610-700605-70026-3128-33
Ohio State University-Main Campus610-720545-66026-3125-32
Oregon State University490-630470-60021-2819-27
Pepperdine University570-680555-66024-3025-30
Polytechnic Institute of New York University640-740550-66027-3328-33
Pomona College690-780690-76029-3432-35
Princeton University710-800705-80030-3532-35
Purdue University-Main Campus560-690520-63025-3223-31
Reed College620-720650-75026-3229-34
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)680-770620-72027-3127-31
Rice University700-790670-76030-3531-35
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology640-750540-67028-3425-33
Rutgers University-New Brunswick560-690530-64027-3227-32

College Test Scores: S-U

SchoolSAT MathSAT Reading & WritingACT Math & ReadingACT Science & English
Saint Louis University550-670530-65024-2925-32
San Diego State University510-610485-59022-2621-26
San Jose State University470-600440-55020-2618-24
Santa Clara University620-700590-68027-3127-31
Scripps College620-720640-73026-3229-34
Skidmore College570-670560-68025-3026-30
Soka University of America590-700515-64025-2824-31
Southern Methodist University (SMU)620-700595-69026-3226-33
St. Louis College of Pharmacy640-730570-66025-2924-30
St. Mary’s College of Maryland540-650555-67024-2824-31
St. Olaf College580-710575-71026-3125-33
Stanford University700-790685-78030-3532-35
State University of New York-Albany (SUNY-Albany)520-610490-58022-2622-26
State University of New York-Binghamton (SUNY-Binghamton)630-710585-67027-3027-30
State University of New York-Geneseo (SUNY-Geneseo)600-700590-69027-2927-29
Stevens Institute of Technology640-720570-67027-3225-31
Swarthmore College670-770670-76029-3432-35
Taylor College510-650510-66023-2824-32
Temple University510-620500-61022-2721-28
Texas A & M University-College Station550-660505-63024-2922-29
Texas State University480-570450-56021-2420-24
The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State)560-660535-62025-2924-29
Thomas Aquinas College560-650605-73024-3025-30
Trinity University590-680560-69025-3026-32
Truman State University550-650550-68023-2824-32
Tufts University680-770675-75030-3330-33
Tulane University of Louisiana (Tulane)620-700635-70027-3229-34
Union College420-720430-68017-3217-32
United States Coast Guard Academy610-690540-67026-3024-30
United States Air Force Academy620-710590-69028-3327-33
United States Military Academy590-690560-69026-3126-31
United States Naval Academy610-700570-68026-3225-32
University of Alabama-Huntsville510-650510-64022-2822-30
University of Arizona500-630480-60021-2721-27
University of California-Berkeley640-770610-72028-3429-34
University of California-Davis560-680525-64025-3024-30
University of California-Irvine550-670495-60024-2923-27
University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)610-760590-68027-3328-32
University of California-San Diego630-730575-66027-3327-31
University of California-Santa Barbara570-690545-65025-3025-30
University of California-Santa Cruz510-620485-61023-2622-27
University of Central Florida550-640525-63023-2823-28
University of Chicago720-790710-80031-3533-35
University of Cincinnati510-640490-62023-2822-28
University of Colorado-Boulder540-650520-63023-2923-30
University of Connecticut (UConn)580-680550-65026-3026-30
University of Dallas540-640540-68023-2823-32

College Test Scores: U-Y

SchoolSAT MathSAT Reading & WritingACT Math & ReadingACT Science & English
University of Florida590-690575-67025-3025-32
University of Georgia580-640565-63025-2825-28
University of Houston540-640490-61023-2720-27
University of Illinois-Champaign700-780570-67026-3326-32
University of Iowa550-680480-62022-2822-28
University of Kentucky-Lexington500-630480-61022-2822-30
University of Maryland-College Park610-730580-69028-3228-32
University of Massachusetts-Amherst570-670540-64024-2924-29
University of Miami630-720595-70027-3329-34
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor650-760615-72027-3428-31
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities620-740550-69025-3024-31
University of Missouri-Columbia530-650510-64023-2823-28
University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV)440-560440-55017-2517-24
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (UNC)610-710590-70026-3326-34
University of North Texas510-610475-60020-2620-26
University of Notre Dame680-770660-75032-3432-34
University of Oregon500-620490-60021-2720-27
University of Pennsylvania690-780680-76030-3531-35
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh600-680565-66026-3126-31
University of Richmond620-720595-69028-3128-31
University of Rochester650-750610-70027-3328-34
University of South Carolina-Columbia560-650540-64023-2823-31
University of South Florida550-640520-62024-2423-23
University of Southern California (USC)530-760510-72028-3430-34
University of Tennessee-Knoxville530-650530-64023-2824-31
University of Texas-Austin590-710550-67026-3225-33
University of Texas-Dallas600-700550-67026-3224-32
University of the Pacific530-680510-64023-2822-28
University of Tulsa590-690570-71024-3025-33
University of Utah490-650470-62020-2721-28
University of Virginia-Main Campus640-740625-72027-3428-34
University of Washington-Seattle570-710515-65025-3124-31
University of Wisconsin-Madison620-750570-65026-3126-32
Vanderbilt University710-790680-78030-3532-35
Vassar College650-730665-74028-3330-33
Villanova University620-710595-69027-3229-33
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)500-600495-61020-2620-26
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)570-680540-64024-2924-29
Washington and Lee University650-720650-74029-3029-34
Washington State University470-580455-57020-2519-25
Washington University (St. Louis)720-790700-76031-3532-35
Webb Institute680-760630-74031-3531-34
Wellesley College640-750650-76029-3329-33
Wesleyan University660-740650-74027-3329-34
West Virginia University470-580460-56020-2619-26
Wheaton College610-700600-72026-3127-34
Whitman College610-690615-73029-3229-32
Williams College650-780660-78030-3530-35
Yale University700-800705-79031-3531-35