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%)
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Reading 25% Reading 75% Math 25% Math 75%
Barnard College 660 760 650 740
Binghamton University 640 711 650 720
Colgate University 660 730 650 770
Columbia University 700 780 710 790
Cooper Union 650 740 660 790
Cornell University 690 760 700 790
Fordham University 620 700 610 710
Hamilton College 680 750 680 760
NYU 650 730 640 760
RPI 640 730 680 770
St. Lawrence University 605 685 600 680
Sarah Lawrence College 650 730 590 680
Skidmore College 610 700 595 700
SUNY Geneseo 570 650 550 650
Syracuse University 580 670 580 680
University of Rochester 640 720 660 770
Vassar College 670 750 660 750
West Point 585 690 600 710
Yeshiva University 600 710 560 710

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*Note: Ithaca College and Bard College are not included in the table due to their practice of test-optional admissions.

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.