SAT and ACT Scores for Admission to Four-Year Vermont Colleges

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

Marlboro College
Marlboro College. redjar / Flickr

If you're thinking about going to college in Vermont, the table below can help guide you as you search for a school that is a match for your credentials. You'll see that admissions standards range from highly selective Middlebury (one of the most selective colleges in the country) to schools that accept nearly all applicants. You'll also see that about half of Vermont's college's have test-optional admissions.

At some of the test-optional schools you may still have to submit SAT or ACT scores for placement or scholarship purposes, but your scores won't be used for admissions decisions unless you choose have the college consider them.

Vermont Colleges SAT Scores (mid 50%)
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 ReadingMathWriting
25%75%25%75%25%75%
Bennington Collegetest-optional admissions
Burlington Collegetest-optional admissions
Castleton State College420530430533410510
Champlain College520630510630490600
Green Mountain Collegetest-optional admissions
Johnson State College450560430540420530
Lyndon State College410540410530400500
Marlboro Collegetest-optional admissions
Middlebury College630750640750650760
Norwich Universitytest-optional admissions
Saint Michael's Collegetest-optional admissions
University of Vermont550650550640540650
Vermont Technical Collegetest-optional admissions

While the SAT is a far more popular exam in New England than the ACT, you can submit scores from either exam when applying (or you can submit scores from both exams).

There's no advantage to using the SAT if you perform better on the ACT. Below are data for the ACT:

Vermont Colleges ACT Scores (mid 50%)
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 CompositeEnglishMath
25%75%25%75%25%75%
Bennington Collegetest-optional admissions
Burlington Collegetest-optional admissions
Castleton State College182315231723
Champlain College232923292127
Green Mountain Collegetest-optional admissions
Johnson State College142211231520
Lyndon State College152213211522
Marlboro Collegetest-optional admissions
Middlebury College2933----
Norwich Universitytest-optional admissions
Saint Michael's Collegetest-optional admissions
University of Vermont253024312428
Vermont Technical Collegetest-optional admissions

The side-by-side comparison tables above show 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 Vermont colleges. Keep in mind that 25% of enrolled students have SAT or ACT scores below those listed, so that lower number isn't an actual cut-off for admission. Also remember that standardized test scores are just one part of the application. The admissions officers at many of these Vermont colleges, especially at the top Vermont colleges, will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

At the test-optional colleges, your academic record will be particularly important. Colleges will want to see that you have been successful in college preparatory classes. Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Honors, and dual enrollment classes can all play an important role in demonstrating your college readiness.

If you want to see SAT and ACT data for nearby states, check out the scores for New York, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. The entire Northeast has a rich assortment of colleges and universities to match any student's strengths and interests.

Most data from the National Center for Educational Statistics