SAT Scores for Admission to Top New York Colleges and Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for 12 Colleges

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Learn what SAT scores you need to get into the top New York state colleges and universities. The side-by-side comparison table below shows 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 New York schools.

Top New York Colleges SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 SAT Scores
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 25%75%25%75%
Bard Collegetest-optional admissions
Barnard College660760650740
Binghamton University640711650720
Colgate University660730650770
Columbia University700780710790
Cooper Union650740660790
Cornell University690760700790
Fordham University620700610710
Hamilton College680750680760
Ithaca Collegetest-optional admissions
NYU650730640760
RPI640730680770
St. Lawrence University605685600680
Sarah Lawrence College650730590680
Skidmore College610700595700
SUNY Geneseo570650550650
Syracuse University580670580680
University of Rochester640720660770
Vassar College670750660750
West Point585690600710
Yeshiva University600710560710
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Admission is selective to all of these colleges, and you're going to need an academic record that is well above average. That said, several of the schools have test-optional admissions and do not require standardized test scores, and the University of Rochester has test-flexible admissions and will accept scores from standardized tests other than the SAT and ACT.

It's also important to remember that all of the colleges and universities listed above have holistic admissions, and the SAT is just one part of the application. A low SAT score can certainly lead to a rejection letter for highly selective colleges, but strengths in other areas can help make up for a less-than-ideal score. The admissions officers at most of these New York colleges will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation, and in most cases demonstrated interest will also play a role.

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics.