SAT Scores for Admission to Top Liberal Arts Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Top College Admissions Data

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If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States, 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 top colleges.

Top Liberal Arts College SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 SAT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
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Amherst College680773680780680770see graph
Carleton College660750660770660750see graph
Grinnell College640740660770--see graph
Haverford College660760660770670770see graph
Middlebury College630750640750650760see graph
Pomona College670760690770680770see graph
Swarthmore College670760670770680760see graph
Wellesley College640740650750650750see graph
Wesleyan University------see graph
Williams College670780660770670780see graph
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Realize, of course, that SAT scores are just one part of the application. All of these liberal arts colleges have holistic admissions, so the admissions officers will be trying to get to know you as a full person, not as an empirical equation of test scores and grades. Perfect 800s on the SAT don't guarantee admission if other parts of your application are weak, and numbers below those in the table above to not preclude admission if you are strong in other areas. It's important to remember that 25% of admitted students have SAT scores below the lower numbers in the table.

That said, your chances of admission will be best if your SAT scores are within or above the ranges shown above, and the other pieces of your application are also strong: a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities, and ​good letters of recommendation. In many cases, demonstrated interest can also play a role in the admissions equation.

We also recommend that applicants keep their chances of admission to these top colleges in perspective. Most of these schools have acceptance rates in the teens, and many students who have grades and test scores that are on target for admission will still be rejected.

If you click on a school's name above, you'll go to the admissions profile where you can find more admissions statistics as well as cost and financial aid information.

The "see graph" link will take you to a graph of GPA, SAT and ACT data for students who were admitted, rejected and wait listed.

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

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Grove, Allen. "SAT Scores for Admission to Top Liberal Arts Colleges." ThoughtCo, Jul. 31, 2017, thoughtco.com/sat-scores-for-top-liberal-arts-colleges-788637. Grove, Allen. (2017, July 31). SAT Scores for Admission to Top Liberal Arts Colleges. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/sat-scores-for-top-liberal-arts-colleges-788637 Grove, Allen. "SAT Scores for Admission to Top Liberal Arts Colleges." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/sat-scores-for-top-liberal-arts-colleges-788637 (accessed October 21, 2017).