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)

Reading 25% Reading 75% Math 25% Math 75%
George Mason University 560 650 540 640
Hampden-Sydney College 530 635 520 630
Hollins University 580 680 530 615
James Madison University 560 640 540 620
Longwood University 490 590 470 550
University of Mary Washington 550 650 530 610
Randolph College 490 610 460 580
Randolph-Macon College 540 630 510 603
University of Richmond 630 710 640 750
Roanoke College 530 630 510 600
Sweet Briar College 530 630 463 550
University of Virginia 660 740 650 760
Virginia Military Institute 560 640 540 640
Virginia Tech 590 670 590 690
Washington and Lee University 680 740 670 750
College of William and Mary 660 740 640 740

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.

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