Standardized testing might be becoming less and less a part of the college admissions process. While many universities and entire school systems are eliminating SAT or ACT requirements for admission, the majority still require a score. As part of the data collection process for our annual ranking of Best Undergraduate Business Schools, we ask participating schools to report SAT and ACT scores as well as the percentage of the incoming class that reported those scores. It plays a role in our methodology but is also important information for future B-school students.
This year, the 34% of the incoming class at Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School that reported an SAT score had the highest average at 1511. New York University’s Stern School of Business followed with an average of 1507 with 67% reporting. The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania also had 67% reporting SAT scores with an average of 1504. NYU Stern’s average jumped 15 points from last year’s 1492 average. A score of 1500 to 1550 puts students in the 98th to 99th percentile as the test is now on a 1600 scale.
Overall, the average SAT score of those schools reporting was about 1283, which falls in the 81st to 86th percentile of test-takers. The school with the lowest average SAT scores this year is the University of Kentucky’s Gatton School, which reported an average score of 981. Northern Illinois University followed with a 1023. And the University of Akron reported 1044 as its average SAT for students entering last fall (2020).
Last year’s lowest score was Northern Illinois with 1031.
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