Resources › For Students and Parents SAT Scores for Admission to the Big Ten A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data Share Flipboard Email Print jweise / Getty Images For Students and Parents Test Prep SAT Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills ACT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated February 21, 2020 If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the Big Ten universities, here's a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50 percent of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these universities. Big Ten SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)(Learn what these numbers mean) Reading 25% Reading 75% Math 25% Math 75% Illinois 630 710 710 790 Indiana 570 670 570 680 Iowa 570 680 570 690 Maryland 630 720 650 750 Michigan 660 730 670 770 Michigan State 550 650 550 670 Minnesota 620 720 650 760 Nebraska 550 680 550 700 Northwestern 700 770 720 790 Ohio State 610 700 650 750 Penn State 580 660 580 680 Purdue 570 670 580 710 Rutgers 590 680 600 720 Wisconsin 620 690 660 760 View the ACT version of this table. If your SAT scores fall below the lower number in the table, don't lose hope of being admitted. 25 percent of all enrolled students scored at or below that lower number. That said, you'll need to show significant strengths in other areas of your application to make up for less-than ideal SAT scores. All of the Big Ten schools are selective, and all have some form of holistic admissions. In other words, admissions decisions are not based entirely upon numerical data such as class rank, standardized test scores, and grades. The most important part of your application will be a strong high school record. The admissions folks will be looking at more than grades. They will want to see that you have challenged yourself throughout high school. Success in Advanced Placement, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment courses can all strengthen your application, for these classes are one of the best measures of college readiness. Non-numerical measures are also important at most of the Big Ten schools. The universities will want to see depth in meaningful extracurricular activities, and many will also request an application essay and letters of recommendation. Demonstrated interest and legacy status can make a difference at some schools. data from National Center for Education Statistics Are Your ACT Scores Good Enough for the 14 Big Ten Universities? What It Really Takes to Get Into the Southeastern Conference Universities Compare SAT Scores for Admission to Tennessee Colleges and Universities Compare SAT Scores for Ivy League Admissions Will Your SAT Scores Get You Into Virginia's Top Colleges? What SAT Scores Will You Need for 22 of the Nation's Best Public Universities? Compare SAT Scores for Admission to the 23 Cal State Universities What SAT Scores Will Get You Into Pennsylvania's 19 Best Colleges? Compare SAT Scores for Admission to 30 Top Liberal Arts Colleges Compare ACT Scores for the 14 Southeastern Conference Universities SAT Score Comparison for Virginia Public Universities Compare SAT Scores for Admission to Arkansas Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for the University System of Ohio Compare SAT Scores for Admission to Michigan Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to the 23 Cal State Universities Will Your SAT Scores Get You Into North Carolina's Top 15 Colleges?