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What SAT scores do Ivy League schools require?

Hey! So I'm a little bit stressed about my SAT scores and how they'll impact my chances of getting into an Ivy League school. What kind of SAT scores are usually needed for these schools? Is it true that you need to be almost perfect, or is there some flexibility in the range of accepted scores? Thanks in advance for any help!

6 months ago

Hey there! I understand your concern about SAT scores and their impact on your chances at Ivy League schools. It's important to know that while high SAT scores can strengthen your application, they're not the only factor that admission officers consider.

That being said, let's take a look at the typical SAT score ranges for Ivy League schools (25th to 75th percentiles):

1. Brown University: 1440-1570

2. Columbia University: 1480-1560

3. Cornell University: 1390-1540

4. Dartmouth College: 1460-1560

5. Harvard University: 1460-1580

6. University of Pennsylvania: 1460-1550

7. Princeton University: 1440-1570

8. Yale University: 1470-1570

Do note that these ranges may vary slightly year to year, but overall they show that you don't need an "almost perfect" SAT score to have a chance at these schools. At the same time, however, their admissions processes are so competitive that the higher you score, the better.

Also note that, although all eight Ivy League schools are officially test-optional, at schools this selective you'd be putting yourself at a disadvantage by not submitting a score. You can read more about test-optional policies on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/does-test-optional-mean-test-optional/.

Good luck with your Ivy League applications!

6 months ago

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