SAT Scores for Admission to Top Virginia Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for 17 Top Colleges

James Madison University
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Learn what SAT scores are likely to get you into one of the top Virginia colleges or universities? This side-by-side comparison chart shows scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission.

Virginia Colleges SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 SAT Scores
Christopher Newport UniversityTest-Optional
George Mason University560650540640
Hampden-Sydney College530635520630
Hollins University580680530615
James Madison University560640540620
Longwood University490590470550
University of Mary Washington550650530610
Randolph College490610460580
Randolph-Macon College540630510603
University of Richmond630710640750
Roanoke College530630510600
Sweet Briar College530630463550
University of Virginia660740650760
Virginia Military Institute560640540640
Virginia Tech590670590690
Washington and Lee University680740670750
College of William and Mary660740640740
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To be competitive, you should aim to have SAT scores above the lower numbers in the table. That said, keep in mind that 25 percent of enrolled students have scores at or below those lower numbers.

Also remember that SAT scores are just one part of the application. The admissions officers at these Virginia colleges will give the most weight to your academic record. They will want to see that you have challenged yourself in core subject areas such as math, science, and foreign languages. Success in AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes will strengthen your application.

Non-numerical measures will also play a role in the admissions process. Requirements will vary from school to school, but a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation are likely to be important.

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics.