SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Illinois Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of SAT Admissions Data for Illinois Colleges

DePaul University in Chicago
DePaul University in Chicago. Richie Diesterheft / Flickr

What SAT scores do you need to get into one of the top Illinois colleges and universities? The handy side-by-side comparison table below shows SAT 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 Illinois.

Illinois Colleges SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

Reading 25% Reading 75% Math 25% Math 75% Writing 25% Writing 75% GPA-SAT-ACT
DePaul University - - - - - - see graph
Illinois College - - - - - - see graph
IIT 510 640 620 720 - - see graph
Illinois Wesleyan 510 640 620 760 - - see graph
Lake Forest - - - - - - see graph
Loyola University 520 630 510 630 - - see graph
Northwestern University 690 760 710 800 - - see graph
University of Chicago 720 800 730 800 - - see graph
UIUC 580 690 705 790 - - see graph
Wheaton College 590 710 580 690 - - see graph

Note: Augustana College and Knox College are not included in this table due to their policy of test-optional admissions.

View the ACT version of this table

For other Illinois colleges, select a school on my huge list of college admission profiles. Also, keep in mind that SAT scores are just one part of the application. The admissions officers at these Illinois colleges will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. You'll also notice that some of the colleges don't require SAT scores at all.

Click on the "see graph" links to the right of each row to get a visual sense of how other applicants fared at these schools. There, you might find that a student with lower test scores was admitted to the school, or that a student with higher scores was rejected. Since most of these school have holistic admissions, scores are just one part of the application. Make sure that the rest of your application is strong, and don't rely on your test scores to carry you.

If your scores are lower than you'd like, and you have enough time, it is possible to retake the SAT. Sometimes the school will let you submit your original scores with you application, and you can resubmit your newer, higher scores later on.

If you're interested in seeing a profile of any of these schools, just click on their names in the table above. There, you'll find helpful information for prospective students about admissions, enrollment, financial aid, popular majors, athletics, and more!

To learn more about SAT scores for different types of colleges, check out these articles:

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Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

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Grove, Allen. "SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Illinois Colleges." ThoughtCo, Oct. 29, 2020, Grove, Allen. (2020, October 29). SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Illinois Colleges. Retrieved from Grove, Allen. "SAT Score Comparison for Admission to Illinois Colleges." ThoughtCo. (accessed June 9, 2023).