Universities Where Most Students Score in the 85th - 98th SAT Percentile

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85th - 98th SAT Percentile

This is a list of colleges and universities where 75% of the accepted students scored above or at a 1800 - 2100 composite score on the old SAT or a 1290 - 1470 on the Redesigned SAT. What does this mean? The following schools are accepting students who are scoring well above average in the SAT range. In fact, they are scoring in the 85th - 98th percentile, which means that they have done better than 85% to 98% of students who took the test.

If you have scored in this range and all your other credentials fit – GPA, extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, etc. – then perhaps one of these schools would be a good match for you. 

Why Look at Schools In This Range?

When you're considering to which college or university to apply, sometimes it is very helpful to browse through schools that have accepted students who scored similarly on the SAT as you did. If your SAT scores are completely lower or higher than 75% of the students who were accepted to a particular school, then perhaps you would be better off searching for a school where students are more in your range, although exceptions are certainly made for lower SAT scores than all the time in college admissions decisions. It's never a bad idea to reach for the stars, but your expectations may be a little off if you're thinking about a school where a majority of students earn in the 85th through 98th percentiles and your SAT composite score is somewhere in the 20th percentile.


More SAT Score Information

Before you plunge into the list of schools, feel free to take a look around and familiarize yourself with some SAT statistics. First, find out what those score percentiles mean, then browse through some of the national averages, SAT scores by state, and more.

  1. How to Understand Score Percentiles
  1. SAT Concordance Tables Between Old and Redesigned SAT Scores
  2. What's a Good SAT Score?
  3. SAT Scores By State
  4. I Think I Got a Bad SAT Score - Now What?

Public Universities Where Most Students Score in the 85th - 98th SAT Percentile

  1. College of William and Mary
    Williamsburg, Virginia
  2. Georgia Institute of Technology – Main Campus
    Atlanta, Georgia
  3. SUNY at Binghamton
    Vestal, New York
  4. United States Air Force Academy
    USAFA, Colorado
  5. University of California – Berkeley
    Berkeley, California
  6. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
  7. University of Virginia – Main Campus
    Charlottesville, Virginia

Private Colleges and Universities With 75% of Students Scoring a 1800 - 2100

  1. Amherst College
    Amherst, Massachusetts
  2. Barnard College
    New York, New York
  3. Boston College
    Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  4. Bowdoin College
    Brunswick, Maine
  5. Brandeis University
    Waltham, Massachusetts
  6. Brown University
    Providence, Rhode Island
  7. Carleton College
    Northfield, Minnesota
  8. Carnegie Mellon University
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  9. Case Western Reserve University
    Cleveland, Ohio
  10. Claremont McKenna College
    Claremont, California
  11. Colby College
    Waterville, Maine
  12. Colgate University
    Hamilton, New York
  13. Columbia University in the City of New York
    New York, New York
  1. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
    New York, New York
  2. Cornell University
    Ithaca, New York
  3. Dartmouth College
    Hanover, New Hampshire
  4. Davidson College
    Davidson, North Carolina
  5. Denison University
    Granville, Ohio
  6. Duke University
    Durham, North Carolina
  7. Emory University
    Atlanta, Georgia
  8. George Washington University
    Washington, District of Columbia
  9. Georgetown University
    Washington, District of Columbia
  10. Gettysburg College
    Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
  11. Grinnell College
    Grinnell, Iowa
  12. Hamilton College
    Clinton, New York
  13. Haverford College
    Haverford, Pennsylvania
  14. Jewish Theological Seminary of America
    New York, New York
  15. Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, Maryland
  16. Kenyon College
    Gambier, Ohio
  17. Macalester College
    Saint Paul, Minnesota
  18. Middlebury College
    Middlebury, Vermont
  19. New York University
    New York, New York
  1. Northeastern University
    Boston, Massachusetts
  2. Northwestern University
    Evanston, Illinois
  3. Oberlin College
    Oberlin, Ohio
  4. Occidental College
    Los Angeles, California
  5. Pomona College
    Claremont, California
  6. Reed College
    Portland, Oregon
  7. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    Troy, New York
  8. Rice University
    Houston, Texas
  9. Scripps College
    Claremont, California
  10. Stanford University
    Stanford, California
  11. Swarthmore College
    Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
  12. Tufts University
    Medford, Massachusetts
  13. Tulane University of Louisiana
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  14. University of Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois
  15. University of Miami
    Coral Gables, Florida
  16. University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, Indiana
  17. University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  18. University of Rochester
    Rochester, New York
  19. University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, California
  20. Vassar College
    Poughkeepsie, New York
  21. Washington and Lee University
    Lexington, Virginia
  22. Webb Institute
    Glen Cove, New York
  23. Wellesley College
    Wellesley, Massachusetts
  24. Wesleyan University
    Middletown, Connecticut
  25. Wheaton College
    Wheaton, Illinois
  26. Whitman College
    Walla Walla, Washington
  27. Williams College
    Williamstown, Massachusetts