SAT Score Comparison for Admission to California Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of SAT Admissions Data for 32 California Colleges

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Learn what SAT scores you're likely to need to get into one of the top California colleges and universities. The side-by-side comparison table below shows 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 in California.

You can also calculate your chances of being admitted to one of these California colleges by setting up a free account at Cappex.com.

California Colleges SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 SAT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
Admissions
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Berkeley620750650790--see graph
California Lutheran493590500600-- 
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo560660590700--see graph
Caltech740800770800--see graph
Chapman University550650560650--see graph
Claremont McKenna College650740670750--see graph
Harvey Mudd College680780740800--see graph
Loyola Marymount University550660570670--see graph
Mills College485640440593--see graph
Occidental College600700600720--see graph
Pepperdine University550650560680--see graph
Pitzer Collegetest optionalsee graph
Point Loma Nazarene510620520620-- 
Pomona College670770670770--see graph
Saint Mary's College480590470590-- 
Santa Clara University590680610720--see graph
Scripps College660740630700--see graph
Soka University490630580740--see graph
Stanford University680780700800--see graph
Thomas Aquinas College600710540650--see graph
UC Davis510630500700--see graph
UC Irvine490620570710--see graph
UCLA570710590760--see graph
UCSD560680610770--see graph
UCSB550660570730--see graph
UC Santa Cruz520620540660--see graph
University of the Pacific500630530670--see graph
University of Redlands490590490600-- 
University of San Diego540650560660--see graph
University of San Francisco510620520630--see graph
USC630730650770--see graph
Westmont College520650520630--see graph
View the ACT version of this table
See Tables for Cal State and the University of California

Clearly,​ admissions standards to these colleges and universities vary widely. Stanford and Caltech are two of the most selective colleges in the United States, and UCLA and Berkeley are a couple of the most prestigious and selective public universities in the country. If you're a strong student with not-so-strong SAT scores, Pitzer College is one of the many test-optional institutions in the country.

Also, keep in mind that the SAT is just one part of your college application. The admissions officers at many of these California colleges will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics.

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