31 Colleges With the Highest SAT Scores | Applying to College

SAT scores can be important in college admissions decisions.

More colleges are placing less emphasis on SAT scores, instead focusing on other factors in the admissions process such as GPA, course rigor, extracurricular activities, essay prompts and letters of recommendation. Despite the rise in test-optional or test-blind policies, many admissions experts suggest students still take the SAT if the school accepts scores – unless there are financial or logistical barriers – as it can be a positive addition to their application. While the average SAT score for the class of 2021 was 1060, per the College Board, applicants admitted to schools on this list earned much higher marks. Among colleges ranked by U.S. News in an annual survey, the following 31 schools boasted the highest combined average SAT reading and math scores for fall 2021 entrants. (Shown here from lowest to highest score.) Test policies are subject to change, so applicants should refer to a school’s website for updated admission requirements.