SAT Scores for Admission to Top Pennsylvania Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for 19 Colleges

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What SAT scores do you need to get into one of the top Pennsylvania colleges and universities? This side-by-side comparison 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 top colleges in Pennsylvania.

Top Pennsylvania Colleges Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 SAT Scores
Allegheny College580670560650
Bryn Mawr College650730660770
Bucknell University620700630720
Carnegie Mellon University700760730800
Dickinson CollegeTest-Optional Admissions
Franklin and Marshall CollegeTest-Optional Admissions
Gettysburg CollegeTest-Optional Admissions
Grove City College537587534662
Haverford College700760690770
Juniata CollegeTest-Optional Admissions
Lafayette College630710630730
Lehigh University620700650730
Muhlenberg College580680560660
University of Pennsylvania700770720790
Penn State University580660580680
University of Pittsburgh620700620718
Swarthmore College690760690780
Ursinus College560660550650
Villanova University620710630730
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Keep in mind that the numbers in the table represent the boundaries for the middle 50 percent of admitted students. You will be most competitive for admission if your scores fall within or above these ranges. That said, if your scores are a little below the lower number, don't give up hope. 25 percent of applicants scored at or below the lower numbers.

Holistic Admissions

It's also important to remember that all of these top Pennsylvania colleges and universities have holistic admissions. The admissions folks will be evaluating you as a whole person, not as a table of numerical data. Precise requirements will vary from college to college, but a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation can often help make up for SAT scores that are a little less than ideal.

The most important piece of your application will be your academic record, A good record, however, is about more than high grades.

The admissions office will want to see that you have challenged yourself and succeeded in demanding, college preparatory classes in core subjects. Your AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classas can all play an important part in the admissions equation.

Test-Optional Colleges

More and more colleges across the United States have come to the conclusion that a high-pressure exam you take on a Saturday morning isn't a useful measure of who you are or what you can do.

Pennsylvania has many test-optional colleges. Four are identified in the table above—Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, and Juniata. These schools did not report their SAT scores to the Department of Education because test-optional schools are not required to do so.

A few test-optional colleges did report their scores, but this does not mean you need to send your SAT scores when applying. Allegheny College, Muhlenberg College, and Ursinus College all have test-optional policies. You should submit your SAT scores only if you think they will strengthen your application.

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics