SAT Scores for Admission to Top Engineering Schools

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for Top Engineering Schools

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Comparing admissions data for top engineering schools is tricky since different schools handle engineering admissions differently. At some schools, engineering students simply apply for general admission. At others, engineering applicants are handled separately from other applicants. For example, at Illinois admission to the engineering school is far more competitive than general admissions.

Top Engineering Schools SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
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 SAT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
Admissions
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 ReadingMathWriting
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Berkeley (general admissions)610740640770630760see graph
Caltech730800770800730800see graph
Carnegie Mellon (CIT)650740710800670760see graph
Cornell (engineering)650750680780--see graph
Georgia Tech630730680770640730see graph
Illinois (engineering)1400 - 1510 (reading, math)see graph
Michigan (general admissions)630730660770640730see graph
MIT680780750800690780see graph
Purdue (engineering)520630560700510630see graph
Stanford690780700800690780see graph
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When the data is available, the table above represents SAT scores for the middle 50% of engineering students who enroll. Michigan and Berkeley do not post specific data for engineers, so the numbers above reflect university-wide general admissions. Engineering numbers are likely higher, especially for math. If your SAT scores fall within or above the ranges listed above, you are on track for admission to these schools.

Universities with a largely technological focus -- Caltech, MIT, and Georgia Tech -- do not have separate admissions for engineers. Also, Stanford believes that engineers should still have a broad general education and does not have a separate application for their engineering school. Nevertheless, universities will look for strong math skills from engineering applicants.

Many of the large comprehensive universities with separate engineering schools have different admissions standards for engineering applicants.

This is true for Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Illinois, Michigan and Purdue. Berkeley's admissions are the messiest of all, for admissions are different for each engineering field. Students who apply to Berkeley with their engineering field "undeclared" face the toughest admissions standards of all.

Realize, of course, that SAT scores are just one part of the application. Admissions officers at the top engineering schools will also be looking for a strong high school record, good letters of recommendation, a well-crafted essay and meaningful extracurricular activities. Some students with lower SAT scores can still be admitted, provided they have an otherwise strong application.

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data from National Center for Educational Statistics and University Web Sites