SAT Scores for Admission to State Universities in Virginia

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

The Lawn at the Universit of Virginia. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

If you're wondering if you have the SAT scores you'll need to get into one of the four-year public colleges and universities in Virginia, here's a side-by-side comparison of 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 public universities in the state of Virginia.

Virginia SAT Scores (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

Reading 25% Reading 75% Math 25% Math 75% Writing 25% Writing 75%
George Mason University 560 650 540 640 - -
James Madison University 560 640 540 620 - -
Longwood University 490 590 470 550 - -
University of Mary Washington 550 650 530 610 - -
Norfolk State University 430 530 410 510 - -
Old Dominion University 500 610 480 590 - -
University of Virginia 660 740 650 760 - -
University of Virginia at Wise 480 570 460 548 - -
Virginia Commonwealth University 550 640 520 620 - -
Virginia Military Institute 560 640 540 640 - -
Virginia State University 420 510 400 500 - -
Virginia Tech 590 670 590 690 - -
College of William and Mary 660 740 640 740 - -

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*Note: Christopher Newport University and Radford University are not included in this table due to their policy of test-optional admissions.

Realize, of course, that SAT scores are just one part of the application. The most important piece of your application will be a strong academic record. The admissions folks will want to see that you've taken challenging college preparatory classes. Advanced Placement, IB, and dual enrollment classes can all play an important role in demonstrating your college readiness. Colleges also like to see grades that trend upwards rather than downwards over time.

The more selective colleges and universities in the table have holistic admissions, so non-numerical measures will also play a significant roll in the admissions process. A winning appliction essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation can all help strengthen your application and make up for less than ideal standardized test scores. 

The University of Virginia and the College of William of Mary are two of the most selective public institutions in the entire country, so can be wise to consider them as reach schools even if your SAT scores and grades are on target for admission. Plenty of applicants who have the numerical measures to get in receive rejection letters.

Finally, keep in mind that there are strategies you can employ if you have low SAT scores. One is to apply to test-optional schools such as Radford University and Christopher Newport University. You will still need strong grades to be admitted, but the SAT doesn't need to play a role in the admissions process.

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

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