SAT Scores for Admission to the Southeastern Conference

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

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The SEC, Southeastern Conference, is one of the strongest NCAA Division I athletic conferences for both the strength of its athletic programs and the academic quality of the member institutions. If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the SEC universities, the table below provides a side-by-side comparison of 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 universities.

Southeastern Conference Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
Alabama490610490620--see graph
Arkansas500600510620--see graph
Auburn530620530640--see graph
Florida580680600690--see graph
Georgia570670570670--see graph
Kentucky500620500630--see graph
LSU500620510630--see graph
Mississippi State------see graph
Missouri500640520650--see graph
Ole Miss500610500620--see graph
South Carolina560650560650--see graph
Tennessee520620520630--see graph
Texas A&M520640550670--see graph
Vanderbilt700790720800--see graph
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If your SAT scores are a little below the lower numbers above, don't lose hope. Keep in mind that 25% of matriculated students had scores below the lower number.

When your scores are on the low end, however, you'll need to have other strengths to make up for the less-than-idea SAT numbers. 

At all of these universities, a strong academic record will play a significant role in the overall admissions equation. High grades in core subjects will always impress the admissions folks, and better yet is success in AP, IB, Honors, and Dual Enrollment classes.

Other requirements will vary from school to school, but letters of recommendation, meaningful extracurricular activities, a strong application essay, demonstrated interest, and legacy status can make a difference at some schools. 

In general, the SEC schools are relatively selective, and successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are at least average, and many admitted students have "A" averages and standardized test scores that are well above average. Vanderbilt University is certainly not the strongest school for athletics in the conference, but it is by far the most academically rigorous. 

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data from National Center for Educational Statistics