What is a Good Score on the New SAT?6 min read

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Today was exciting news in the standardized test community, as College Board released its first set of data and concordance tables regarding the New 2016 SAT. In light of this, we have updated our previous post with updated average New 2016 SAT scores by university.

Methodology

To find New SAT score equivalents, we used information provided by universities through either their websites or through their Common Data Set publications. We then used the official concordance table presented by College Board to convert Old (2005-2015) SAT scores and ACT scores to the new format. Keep in mind, however, that the ACT has disputed the validity of some concordances and that these concordances may be subject to change as College Board collects more data. In looking at the table, you may note that some universities show a significant 60-100 point difference between New Scores via ACT Concordance and New Scores via Old SAT Concordance. As more test-takers sit for the New 2016 SAT exam, College Board may revisit these preliminary concordances and adjust as needed. As such, the scores presented below are subject to change.

Further, this information is based on the most up-to-date college data we were able to obtain, but these scores may not be reflective of future entering classes, as scores may be higher or lower than in past years. We will not have official data on New SAT scores for admitted students until next year, and perhaps even until years after that, as the class of 2021 will still be able to use Old SAT scores for admissions. Schools may also elect to judge New 2016 SAT scores differently than the data presented within the concordance tables, so keep this in mind as well.

Finally, the data presented are averages (i.e. middle 50% of students admitted), so depending on your own life circumstances (e.g. low GPA, disadvantaged background, competitive high school, etc.), you should determine whether you need to score above the average to have a good shot at being admitted to these schools. Nevertheless, we hope this data will provide you with a good baseline to shoot for when preparing for this exam, and we wish you the best of luck in your college pursuits!

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Presenting the New 2016 SAT Score Chart, by University.

  • New Score via Old SAT Concordance: The equivalent New 2016 SAT score based off the university’s reported Old (2005-2015) SAT score, converted via the concordance table.
  • New Score via ACT Concordance: The equivalent New 2016 SAT score based off the university’s reported ACT score, converted via the concordance table.
  • Difference in Concordances: The difference between the New Score via ACT and New Score via SAT. A negative value in this column means that the New Score via Old SAT was higher. A positive value means that the New Score via ACT was higher.
  • New Score via average of ACT and SAT Concordances: An average of the first two columns, rounded, as the SAT is scored in increments of 10.
 School New Score via Old SAT Concordance New Score via ACT Concordance Difference in Concordances (ACT-SAT) New Score via Average of ACT and SAT Concordances
American University 1330 1340 10 1340
Amherst College 1500 1480 -20 1490
Auburn University 1240 1290 50 1270
Austin College 1270 1260 -10 1270
Barnard College 1430 1410 -20 1420
Baylor University 1300 1290 -10 1300
Boston College 1430 1440 10 1440
Boston University 1380 1380 1380
Brigham Young University-Provo 1340 1380 40 1360
Brown University 1500 1480 -20 1490
Bucknell University 1380 1410 30 1400
California Institute of Technology 1560 1590 30 1580
Calvin College 1260 1260 1260
Carleton College 1470 1480 10 1480
Carnegie Mellon University 1490 1510 20 1500
Case Western Reserve University 1420 1440 20 1430
Cedarville University 1260 1260 1260
Chapman University 1290 1290 1290
Claremont McKenna College 1490 1480 -10 1490
Clemson University 1310 1380 70 1350
Coe College 1220 1230 10 1230
Colby College 1410 1410 1410
Colgate University 1440 1440 1440
College of William and Mary 1430 1440 10 1440
Colorado School of Mines 1360 1410 50 1390
Columbia University in the City of New York 1520 1510 -10 1520
Concordia College at Moorhead 1340 1260 -80 1300
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 1430 1440 10 1440
Cornell College 1250 1260 10 1260
Cornell University 1480 1480 1480
Covenant College 1260 1260 1260
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 1320 1380 60 1350
Dallas Baptist University 1190 1180 -10 1190
Dartmouth College 1510 1510 1510
Davidson College 1410 1440 30 1430
DePauw University 1260 1290 30 1280
DigiPen Institute of Technology 1240 1340 100 1290
Drake University 1270 1290 20 1280
Duke University 1510 1510 1510
Elon University 1310 1290 -20 1300
Emory University 1440 1410 -30 1430
Florida State University 1290 1290 1290
Fordham University 1340 1340 1340
Franklin W Olin College of Engineering 1510 1510 1510
George Washington University 1380 1380 1380
Georgetown University 1480 1480 1480
Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 1450 1480 30 1470
Gonzaga University 1280 1290 10 1290
Grinnell College 1460 1440 -20 1450
Hamilton College 1460 1480 20 1470
Harvard University 1540 1550 10 1550
Harvey Mudd College 1520 1550 30 1540
Haverford College 1470 1480 10 1480
Hope College 1270 1260 -10 1270
Houghton College 1200 1230 30 1220
Illinois Institute of Technology 1350 1380 30 1370
Iowa State University 1240 1230 -10 1240
Jewish Theological Seminary of America 1420 1340 -80 1380
Johns Hopkins University 1490 1510 20 1500
Kalamazoo College 1300 1290 -10 1300
Kenyon College 1410 1410 1410
Kettering University 1300 1290 -10 1300
LeTourneau University 1230 1260 30 1250
Louisiana State University 1170 1260 90 1220
Loyola Marymount University 1280 1340 60 1310
Macalester College 1430 1410 -20 1420
Marquette University 1260 1290 30 1280
Maryland Institute College of Art 1250 1220 -30 1240
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1530 1550 20 1540
Mercer University 1250 1290 40 1270
Miami University-Oxford 1310 1340 30 1330
Michigan Technological University 1280 1290 10 1290
Middlebury College 1440 1480 40 1460
Mills College 1220 1230 10 1230
Millsaps College 1240 1260 20 1250
Minneapolis College of Art and Design 1170 1180 10 1180
Mississippi State University 1220 1220 1220
Missouri University of Science and Technology 1340 1340 1340
Montreat College 1120 1180 60 1150
New College of Florida 1360 1340 -20 1350
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology 1300 1260 -40 1280
New York University 1420 1440 20 1430
North Carolina State University at Raleigh 1300 1340 40 1320
North Dakota State University-Main Campus 1200 1220 20 1210
North Greenville University 1200 1230 30 1220
Northeastern University 1470 1480 10 1480
Northwestern University 1520 1510 -10 1520
Oak Hills Christian College 980 1080 100 1030
Oberlin College 1430 1410 -20 1420
Ohio State University-Main Campus 1340 1380 40 1360
Oklahoma Baptist University 1200 1260 60 1230
Oklahoma City University 1240 1260 20 1250
Oklahoma State University 1190 1230 40 1210
Pepperdine University 1310 1340 30 1330
Pomona College 1510 1510 1510
Princeton University 1530 1510 -20 1520
Reed College 1440 1440 1440
Rhode Island School of Design 1340 1410 70 1380
Rhodes College 1370 1380 10 1380
Rice University 1510 1510 1510
Rochester Institute of Technology 1280 1340 60 1310
Rockhurst University 1230 1260 30 1250
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 1340 1410 70 1380
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 1300 1340 40 1320
Saint Louis University 1290 1340 50 1320
Santa Clara University 1380 1440 60 1410
Scripps College 1430 1410 -20 1420
Seattle University 1250 1230 -20 1240
Simmons College 1260 1260 1260
Skidmore College 1320 1340 20 1330
Southern Methodist University 1380 1410 30 1400
St John’s College 1400 1380 -20 1390
St Mary’s College of Maryland 1260 1260 1260
Stanford University 1520 1510 -10 1520
Stevens Institute of Technology 1380 1440 60 1410
Stony Brook University 1320 1340 20 1330
SUNY at Binghamton 1360 1410 50 1390
SUNY College at Geneseo 1300 1230 -70 1270
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1270 1340 70 1310
Swarthmore College 1500 1480 -20 1490
Texas A & M University-College Station 1250 1290 40 1270
Texas Christian University 1270 1290 20 1280
Texas Tech University 1170 1230 60 1200
The Baptist College of Florida 1100 1120 20 1110
The College of New Jersey 1300 1340 40 1320
The University of Texas at Austin 1360 1380 20 1370
The University of Texas at Dallas 1340 1340 1340
The University of Texas at San Antonio 1110 1150 40 1130
Trinity University 1350 1380 30 1370
Truman State University 1320 1290 -30 1310
Tufts University 1500 1480 -20 1490
Tulane University of Louisiana 1410 1440 30 1430
Union University 1280 1230 -50 1260
United States Air Force Academy 1380 1410 30 1400
United States Coast Guard Academy 1330 1340 10 1340
United States Military Academy 1340 1380 40 1360
United States Naval Academy 1370 1440 70 1410
University of Alabama 1190 1260 70 1230
University of Alabama in Huntsville 1270 1290 20 1280
University of California-Berkeley 1440 1480 40 1460
University of California-Davis 1290 1340 50 1320
University of California-Los Angeles 1400 1440 40 1420
University of California-San Diego 1380 1410 30 1400
University of California-Santa Barbara 1320 1380 60 1350
University of Central Florida 1250 1340 90 1300
University of Chicago 1540 1550 10 1550
University of Colorado Boulder 1260 1290 30 1280
University of Colorado Denver 1180 1180 1180
University of Connecticut 1320 1380 60 1350
University of Dallas 1270 1290 20 1280
University of Delaware 1270 1290 20 1280
University of Denver 1260 1290 30 1280
University of Florida 1340 1340 1340
University of Georgia 1320 1340 20 1330
University of Houston 1190 1220 30 1210
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1420 1380 -40 1400
University of Kentucky 1210 1230 20 1220
University of Maryland-Baltimore County 1280 1230 -50 1260
University of Maryland-College Park 1390 1440 50 1420
University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1300 1290 -10 1300
University of Miami 1380 1410 30 1400
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1430 1440 10 1440
University of Minnesota-Morris 1230 1230 1230
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 1370 1340 -30 1360
University of Missouri-Columbia 1260 1260 1260
University of Missouri-Kansas City 1270 1220 -50 1250
University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1240 1230 -10 1240
University of North Carolina at Asheville 1260 1260 1260
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1390 1410 20 1400
University of Northwestern-St Paul 1260 1220 -40 1240
University of Notre Dame 1490 1480 -10 1490
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus 1280 1260 -20 1270
University of Oregon 1190 1220 30 1210
University of Pennsylvania 1510 1510 1510
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 1340 1380 40 1360
University of Portland 1280 1260 -20 1270
University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 1270 1260 -10 1270
University of Puget Sound 1300 1290 -10 1300
University of Richmond 1390 1440 50 1420
University of San Diego 1310 1340 30 1330
University of South Carolina-Columbia 1300 1340 40 1320
University of South Florida-St Petersburg 1240 1230 -10 1240
University of Southern California 1440 1440 1440
University of Tennessee-Knoxville 1240 1290 50 1270
University of Tulsa 1350 1380 30 1370
University of Utah 1230 1220 -10 1230
University of Vermont 1270 1290 20 1280
University of Virginia-Main Campus 1420 1440 20 1430
University of Washington-Seattle Campus 1290 1340 50 1320
University of Wisconsin-Madison 1370 1380 10 1380
Vanderbilt University 1530 1510 -20 1520
Vassar College 1470 1440 -30 1460
Villanova University 1380 1410 30 1400
Virginia Tech University 1280 1230 -50 1260
Washington and Lee University 1450 1480 30 1470
Washington University in St Louis 1530 1510 -20 1520
Webb Institute 1460 1510 50 1490
Wellesley College 1460 1480 20 1470
West Virginia University 1130 1180 50 1160
Westmont College 1250 1290 40 1270
Wheaton College 1380 1410 30 1400
Whitman College 1390 1440 50 1420
Willamette University 1280 1290 10 1290
Williams College 1510 1510 1510
Yale University 1540 1550 10 1550
Yeshiva University 1320 1260 -60 1290
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4 Comments

  1. My son has a 4.0 gpa with advanced placement and college classes. However, because he only took advanced placement classes he has no common core math knowledge. His sat was on a 1260 act is only a 27. He is looking at colleges like Carnegie mellon, and villanova. He has tons of extra curricular activities. He plays varsity football, and is in three bands- he is the class treasurer. He runs tons of charity events. Is a member of the debate team, and much more. He also works. Does he have a chance of getting admitted with that low of an sat?

    1. Michelle,

      Carnegie Mellon is an extremely competitive university. Although SAT and ACT scores are only aspect of the application process, they are an extremely important part of any admissions decision. The average admitted score for Carnegie Mellon is very high. You can learn more about the general admission requirements (requirements is a strong word – it would be more appropriate to say the admissions facts of previously admitted students) here.

      My recommendation would be, if at all possible, to have him focus on and prep for either the SAT or ACT, and have him retake the exam in hopes of achieving a better score. Also, if he has not already, do not forget about the SAT Subject Tests as well!

      Hope this helps!

  2. Hello,

    My son just received his SAT scores and now has a 1410. He has a 3.8 GPA and will have taken 7 AP courses by the time he graduates next June. He is interested in business, such as accounting or finance, and we live in the Northeast. Can you recommend some schools we should be looking into. Thanks.

    1. Mark,

      Those are excellent credentials! In terms of targeting schools using the criteria you’ve laid out, the biggest difficulty is predicting what schools will require in terms of SAT score; as the SAT was only revised last March, schools have not yet begun making admission decisions based on the new SAT score range. As such, when determining for what schools he will be a competitive applicant, you should use the SAT 2016 concordance table to determine where this new score puts him in a historical/empirical context. (To save you a read-through of that pdf, a 1410 roughly translates to a 2000 on the old SAT). That said, factors that you might consider when deciding what schools he should apply to should include location, cost of attendance, potential scholarship, median salary upon graduation, as well as other items, like teacher:student ratio, etc. A lot of the “acceptable” criteria for determining which schools he should apply to are entirely relative to his and your family’s needs/want, so without more information it’s hard to make specific recommendations. If you are just looking for a list of colleges to pick from or consider, I would recommend taking a look at this 2015 Business Insider “Best Colleges in the Northeast” Article.

      Hope this helps!

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