SAT Score Comparison for Admission to California Colleges

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

Pomona College
Pomona College. The Consortium / Flickr

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.

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California Colleges SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 SAT Scores
California Lutheran493590500600
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo560660590700
Chapman University550650560650
Claremont McKenna College650740670750
Harvey Mudd College680780740800
Loyola Marymount University550660570670
Mills College485640440593
Occidental College600700600720
Pepperdine University550650560680
Pitzer Collegetest optional
Point Loma Nazarene510620520620
Pomona College670770670770
Saint Mary's College480590470590
Santa Clara University590680610720
Scripps College660740630700
Soka University490630580740
Stanford University680780700800
Thomas Aquinas College600710540650
UC Davis510630500700
UC Irvine490620570710
UC Santa Cruz520620540660
University of the Pacific500630530670
University of Redlands490590490600
University of San Diego540650560660
University of San Francisco510620520630
Westmont College520650520630

View the ACT version of this table or see tables for Cal State and the University of California.

You can click on a school's name to get more admissions information including a graph of GPA, SAT score, and ACT score data for admitted, rejected, and waitlisted students.

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 Education Statistics.