Earlier this week we discussed SAT scores. I looked through the College Board 2018 data, did some calculations and compared the average SAT scores of the colleges that parents most frequently ask me about. What about ACT scores? Over the last few years more students have chosen to take the ACT over the SAT. So let's dive right in! Note: the ACT is scored on a scale of 1 - 36.
National Average: 21
Ivy Leagues: over 75% of students admitted to Ivy Leagues scored above a 31
San Diego State: 26
UC Berkeley: 32
UC Davis: 27
UC Irvine: 28
UC Merced: 21
UC Riverside: 24
UC San Diego: 30
UC Santa Barbara: 28
UC Santa Cruz: 26
It bears repeating that while ACT (or SAT) scores are a big part of the college admissions process, they are not the only part of it. Internship or work experience, sports, volunteer experience and other extracurricular activities also play a huge part! Also, some schools like The University of Chicago are starting to do away with the SAT/ACT exam criteria for admissions decisions.
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This question has many answers. The 'score' question is one of the main questions I get asked by parents of juniors who are about to take the SAT for the first time, or college-bound seniors who are deep in the college admissions process.
This is a tough question to answer because there are a lot of factors that come into play, and it’s a bit subjective. Most parents and students are less worried about the actual score itself, but more so about what that score means in context of their / their child’s chance at admission to certain colleges. Even though there is no cut-and-dried answer, we have data available to help give us some context.
We combed through the 2018 college admissions data from the College Board and did some calculations: The majority of students (over 75%) admitted to Ivy League colleges scored above a 1400 (out of 1600 total) on the SAT exam. This year’s average at Yale specifically, is a 1510. Harvard is 1520. The average SAT score at Caltech this year is a 1560. At USC, it's 1450. Stanford is 1500. San Diego State is 1110.
What about the UCs?
UC Berkeley: 1450
UC Davis: 1250
UC Irvine: 1250
UC Merced: 1100
UC Riverside: 1100
UC San Diego: 1320
UC Santa Barbara: 1350
UC Santa Cruz: 1180
Remember, while SAT (or ACT) scores are a big part of the college admissions process, they are not the only part of it. GPA, work / internship experience, volunteer experience, sports and other extracurricular activities all play a huge part as well. Also, some schools like The University of Chicago are starting to do away with the SAT / ACT exam criteria for admissions decisions.
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“Mora, what about ACT scores?”, you ask. I got you! Stay tuned for Part II, coming later this week.