SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Washington D.C. Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of SAT Admissions Data for Washington D.C. Colleges

American University
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Washington D.C. is home to some of the top universities in the country, and many of the schools have selective admissions. To help you determine if your test scores are on target for your top choice Washington D.C. schools, the table below can guide you. The SAT scores in the table are for the middle 50% of enrolled students.

SAT Scores for District of Columbia Colleges (mid 50%)

(Learn what these numbers mean)

Reading 25% Reading 75% Math 25% Math 75%
American University 590 690 560 650
Capitol Technology University 410 580 450 580
Catholic University of America
Corcoran College of Art and Design
Gallaudet University 350 540 350 530
George Washington University 580 695 600 700
Georgetown University 660 760 660 760
Howard University 520 620 520 620
Trinity Washington University test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions test-optional admissions
University of the District of Columbia open-admissions open-admissions open-admissions open-admissions

data from the National Center for Educational Statistics
View the ACT version of this table

If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission. If your scores are slightly below the range presented in the table, don't lose all hope -- remember that 25% of enrolled students have SAT scores below those listed. It's also important to put the SAT in perspective. The exam is just one part of the application, and a strong academic record is even more important than test scores. Many of the colleges will also be looking for a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

Since these schools have holistic admissions, and look at all other parts of an application, you can still be admitted, even if you have lower scores (lower than the ranges listed above, even)--if the rest of your application is strong. If you have higher scores, but the rest of your application is weak, you may not be accepted. So be sure to submit all parts of the application, and to make sure it's completed well.

Also, if you have enough time, and your SAT scores are low, you can always retake the test. Schools will let you submit your application, and, when your new (hopefully higher) scores come in, you can send them along to the admissions office for consideration.

To view a profile for any of the schools listed above, just click on their names. These profiles have more admissions data, financial aid stats, and other helpful information for prospective students.

You can also check out these other SAT links:

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Grove, Allen. "SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Washington D.C. Colleges." ThoughtCo, Oct. 29, 2020, Grove, Allen. (2020, October 29). SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Washington D.C. Colleges. Retrieved from Grove, Allen. "SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Washington D.C. Colleges." ThoughtCo. (accessed May 30, 2023).