SAT Scores for Admission to SUNY

A Side-By-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for Each Campus

The State University of New York at New Paltz
The State University of New York at New Paltz. crz4mets2 / Wikimedia Commons

When applying to colleges within the State Universities of New York (SUNY) system, good SAT or ACT scores are crucial. However, it may not be clear what scores count as good, especially when it comes to applying to state schools like those in the SUNY system as opposed to colleges in the Ivy League or top liberal arts colleges.

Fast Facts: SUNY SAT Scores

  • Binghamton University has the highest average SAT scores in the SUNY system; Buffalo State University has the lowest.
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, Purchase College, and SUNY Potsdam have test-optional admissions.
  • The majority of SUNY students earned SAT scores that are above the national average.

Comparison of SAT Scores for SUNY Students

If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the four-year SUNY colleges and universities, here's a side-by-side comparison of 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 public universities in New York State.

SUNY SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
School ERW 25% ERW 75% Math 25% Math 75%
Albany 550 630 550 630
Alfred State 470 580 480 590
Binghamton 650 710 660 730
Brockport 510 590 510 590
Buffalo 570 650 590 680
Buffalo State 400 510 460 530
Cobleskill 430 550 430 540
Cortland 530 600 530 600
Env. Science/
560 660 560 650
Farmingdale 500 580 510 580
Fashion Institute - - - -
Fredonia 490 590 480 580
Geneseo 560 650 560 650
Maritime College 535 620 540 640
Morrisville 430 520 420 520
New Paltz 550 640 540 630
Old Westbury 480 553 470 500
Oneonta 460 590 450 590
Oswego 540 620 530 620
Plattsburgh 540 620 510 610
Polytechnic 490 660 510 690
Potsdam - - - -
Purchase 550 650 510 620
Stony Brook 600 680 630 740
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

As an example of what these numbers mean, the middle 50% of students who entered SUNY Albany had an SAT evidence-based reading score between 550 and 630. This tells us that 25% scored a 550 or lower, and the top 25% scored a 630 or higher. Similarly, the middle 50% of students scored between a 550 and 630 on the math section. This means that 25% scored a 550 or lower, and at the upper end, 25% scored a 630 or higher.

SUNY and Holistic Admissions

Although SAT and ACT are important, they are not the only factors the admissions folks will use when determining whether or not a student will be accepted to a SUNY campus. In fact, some of the SUNY schools like Potsdam do not even require applicants to submit their scores at all. These test-optional universities recognize the limits and biases linked to standardized tests, and they instead evaluate students based their academic records and holistic measures.

For nearly all SUNY programs, a strong academic record will be the most important part of your application. The admissions folks will want to see that you have earned high grades in challenging college preparatory classes. IB, Advanced Placement, and dual enrollment classes can all play an important role on this front, for success in challenging courses is the best predictor of an applicant's potential for college success.

Numerical data, however, is just one part of the SUNY application. The admissions officers will also want to see a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. Fine art and performing art applicants are likely going to need to submit a portfolio or audition, and other specialized programs may have additional application requirements.

In general the SUNY schools do not require SAT Subject Tests or the optional writing sections of the SAT or ACT, but be sure to check the specific requirements for the school and program to which you are applying. Also, requirements can be different for international and home-schooled students.

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics

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