SAT Scores for Admission to Public Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of SAT Scores for Highly Ranked Public Universities

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Graduate Life Center at Virginia Tech. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Do you have the SAT scores you need to get into a competitive public university? This article compares the SAT scores of accepted students for 22 highly ranked public universities. If your scores fall within or above the range in the chart below, you're on target for admission. Also check out the SAT comparison table for the top 10 public universities.

Top Public University SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 SAT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
Admissions
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 25%75%25%75%25%75%
Binghamton600690630710--see graph
Clemson560660590680--see graph
Connecticut550650570690--see graph
Delaware530640530640--see graph
Florida580680600690--see graph
Georgia570670570670--see graph
Indiana520630540660--see graph
James Madison510610520610--see graph
Maryland590690620730--see graph
Minnesota560700620750--see graph
Ohio State540670620740--see graph
Penn State530630560670--see graph
Pitt590680600700--see graph
Purdue520630550690--see graph
Rutgers530650580700--see graph
Texas560680580730--see graph
Texas A&M520640550670--see graph
UC Davis510630500700--see graph
UC Irvine490620570710--see graph
UCSB550660570730--see graph
Virginia Tech540640560680--see graph
Washington540660580710--see graph
See the ACT version of this table

SAT scores are just one part of the application. It's possible to have scores above the averages presented here and still get rejected if other parts of your application are weak. Similarly, some students with scores significantly below the ranges listed here gain admission because they demonstrate other strengths.

Also, if you are an out-of-state applicant, you may need to have SAT scores significantly higher than those shown here. Most state-funded universities give preference to in-state applicants.

To see a full profile of each public university including acceptance rates and financial aid information, click on the names in the table above. You can also check out these other SAT charts (or ACT charts):

SAT Comparison Charts: Ivy League | top universities | top liberal arts | top engineering | more top liberal arts | top public universities | top public liberal arts colleges | University of California campuses | Cal State campuses | SUNY campuses | more SAT charts

SAT Comparison Tables by State: AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

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