Which Colleges Superscore the SAT®?

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If you are sending SAT® scores to colleges, don’t forget to superscore! Know which colleges superscore the SAT; how superscore works and why they do it.
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When it comes to college applications, your SAT® score is the most important factor. As the candidate pool becomes more competitive each year, it is critical to send your best results to institutions, and superscoring is one way to do so. In this blog, we will discuss which colleges superscore the SAT and why.

What Does Superscore Mean?

Superscoring refers to selecting your best section scores from multiple test dates to get a new final score. As you probably know by now, the final SAT score ranges from 400-1600. It is the sum of the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW)/Reading and Writing (RW) section and the Math section scores on the test. Each section of the SAT is further scored on a scale of 200-800. 

Let’s understand superscoring with an example. You take the SAT twice. In your first attempt, you score a 500 on your EBRW and a 600 on your Math. As a result, your final score is 1100. In your second attempt, you score a 600 on EBRW and only a 500 on Math, which makes your final score 1100 again. However, when you superscore your SAT, you select your best section scores, that is, 600 on EBRW and 600 on Math, giving you a new final score of 1200.

To know in detail how superscoring is done, check out our blog on SAT superscore and our SAT scoring guide to learn about all the scoring components and the process of calculating scores.

List of Colleges That Superscore the SAT

You will find many US universities and colleges superscore the SAT. Here, we have put together a list of top colleges that superscore the SAT to help you with your college admissions. 

College/University State College/University State
Abilene Christian University TX Adelphi University NY
Agnes Scott College GA Albion College MI
Albright College PA Alderson-Broaddus College WV
Allegheny College PA Amherst College MA
Antioch College OH Appalachian State University NC
Auburn University at Montgomery AL Augustana University SD
Austin College TX Averett University VA
Babson College MA Baldwin Wallace University OH
Baylor University TX Bellarmine University KY
Beloit College WI Bennington College VT
Bentley University MA Berea College KY
Berry College GA Biola University CA
Bloomfield College NJ Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania PA
Boston College MA Boston University MA
Bowdoin College ME Brenau University GA
Bridgewater College VA Bridgewater State University MA
Bryant University RI Bryn Mawr College PA
Bucknell University PA Butler University IN
California Polytechnic State University CA California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA
California University of Pennsylvania PA Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary MO
Canisius College NY Carson-Newman University TN
Cedar Crest College PA Cedarville University OH
Central Connecticut State University CT Christendom College VA
Claremont McKenna College CA Clark University MA
Cleveland Institute of Art OH Coastal Carolina University SC
Colgate University NY College of St. Benedict/Saint John's University MN
College of the Atlantic ME College of the Holy Cross MA
College of Wooster OH Colorado State University CO
Columbia University NY Connecticut College CT
Cornell College IA Creighton University NE
Delaware Valley University PA Denison University OH
DePaul University IL DePauw University IN
DeSales University PA Dickinson College PA
Drexel University PA Drury University MO
Duquesne University PA Earlham College IN
East Carolina University NC East Texas Baptist University TX
Eckerd College FL Elmira College NY
Elon University NC Endicott College MA
Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts NY Fairfield University CT
Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York NY Flagler College FL
Florida Institute of Technology FL Florida International University FL
Florida Southern College FL Florida State University FL
Fordham University NY Fort Lewis College CO
Franklin & Marshall College PA Franklin College IN
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering MA Frostburg State University MD
Furman University SC Gannon University PA
Georgetown College KY Georgia College & State University GA
Georgia Institute of Technology GA Gettysburg College PA
Gonzaga University WA Goucher College MD
Greensboro College NC Grinnell College IA
Grove City College PA Guilford College NC
Hamilton College NY Hampden-Sydney College VA
Hampton University VA Hanover College IN
Harvey Mudd College CA Hawai'i Pacific University HI
High Point University NC Hiram College OH
Hobart and William Smith Colleges NY Hofstra University NY
Hollins University VA Hood College MD
Huntingdon College AL Husson University ME
Illinois Institute of Technology IL Immaculata University PA
Indiana State University IN Indiana University East IN
Indiana University Northwest IN Indiana University of Pennsylvania PA
Indiana University South Bend IN Indiana University Southeast IN
Indiana University--Bloomington IN Indiana University-Kokomo IN
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis IN Iona College NY
John Carroll University OH Johns Hopkins University MD
Juniata College PA Kalamazoo College MI
Kean University NJ Keene State College NH
Kennesaw State University GA Kentucky State University KY
Kenyon College OH Kettering University MI
King University TN King's College (PA) PA
Knox College IL La Roche University PA
La Salle University PA Lake Erie College OH
Lake Forest College IL Lawrence University WI
Le Moyne College NY Lebanon Valley College PA
Lehigh University PA Lewis & Clark College OR
Lincoln University (MO) MO Linfield College OR
Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge LA Loyola Marymount University CA
Loyola University of Chicago IL Lycoming College PA
Lynn University FL Marian University IN
Marist College NY Marlboro College VT
Marquette University WI Mary Baldwin University VA
Massachusetts College of Art and Design MA Massachusetts Institute of Technology MA
McDaniel College MD McMurry University TX
Menlo College CA Mercer University GA
Meredith College NC Merrimack College MA
Messiah College PA Miami University OH
Millersville University of Pennsylvania PA Millsaps College MS
Minneapolis College of Art and Design MN Misericordia University PA
Monmouth University (NJ) NJ Montclair State University NJ
Mount Holyoke College MA Mount Saint Mary's University CA
Mount St. Joseph University OH Muhlenberg College PA
Multnomah University OR Nazareth College NY
New College of Florida FL New York University NY
Niagara University NY Norfolk State University VA
North Carolina State University NC Northern Arizona University AZ
Northwestern University IL Northwood University MI
Occidental College CA Ohio Dominican University OH
Ohio University--Athens OH Olivet College MI
Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) TX Parsons The New School for Design NY
Patrick Henry College VA Point Loma Nazarene University CA
Portland State University OR Presbyterian College SC
Principia College IL Radford University VA
Randolph College VA Randolph-Macon College VA
Regis University CO Rice University TX
Robert Morris University PA Rochester Institute of Technology NY
Roger Williams University RI Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology IN
Rutgers University-Camden NJ Rutgers University-New Brunswick NJ
Rutgers University-Newark NJ Sacred Heart University CT
Saint Anselm College NH Saint Francis University (PA) PA
Saint Joseph's College (IN) IN Saint Leo University FL
Saint Martin's University WA Saint Mary's College (IN) IN
Saint Michael's College VT Salve Regina University RI
San Diego State University CA San Francisco Art Institute CA
Santa Clara University CA Sarah Lawrence College NY
Schreiner University TX Scripps College CA
Seton Hall University NJ Shepherd University WV
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania PA Siena College NY
Simmons University MA Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania PA
Soka University of America CA South Carolina State University SC
Southern University of New Orleans LA Southwestern University TX
Spelman College GA St. John Fisher College NY
St. John's College (MD) MD St. John's College (NM) NM
St. John's University (NY) NY St. Lawrence University NY
St. Mary's University TX St. Olaf College MN
Stanford University CA State University of New York - New Paltz NY
State University of New York - Potsdam NY State University of New York - University at Albany NY
State University of New York at Geneseo NY State University of New York—Alfred State College NY
State University of New York--Fredonia NY State University of New York--Oswego NY
State University of New York--Purchase College NY State University of New York--Stony Brook University NY
State University of New York--The College at Brockport NY Stockton University NJ
Susquehanna University PA Swarthmore College PA
Syracuse University NY Tabor College KS
Taylor University IN Temple University PA
Texas Christian University TX Texas Lutheran University TX
Texas Tech University TX The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina SC
The College of Saint Scholastica MN The Culinary Institute of America NY
The New School College of Performing Arts NY The University of Chicago IL
The University of Findlay OH The University of Saint Francis (IN) IN
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley TX The University of the South TN
Thomas More College KY Toccoa Falls College GA
Towson University MD Transylvania University KY
Trine University IN Trinity University TX
Tufts University MA Union College (KY) KY
Union College (NY) NY United States Air Force Academy CO
United States Merchant Marine Academy NY United States Military Academy NY
University of Arkansas--Fayetteville AR University of Central Arkansas AR
University of Central Florida FL University of Colorado--Boulder CO
University of Dallas TX University of Dayton OH
University of Denver CO University of Florida FL
University of Georgia GA University of Hawaii-Manoa HI
University of Kansas KS University of La Verne CA
University of Maine at Farmington ME University of Maryland, Baltimore County MD
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth MA University of Massachusetts-Amherst MA
University of Miami FL University of Michigan--Ann Arbor MI
University of Michigan-Flint MI University of Missouri MO
University of Missouri-Saint Louis MO University of New England ME
University of New Haven CT University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill NC
University of North Carolina at Greensboro NC University of North Carolina-Charlotte NC
University of North Dakota ND University of North Florida FL
University of North Georgia GA University of Oklahoma OK
University of Oregon OR University of Pennsylvania PA
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford PA University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown PA
University of Portland OR University of Puget Sound WA
University of Rhode Island RI University of Rochester NY
University of Saint Thomas (MN) MN University of San Francisco CA
University of Scranton PA University of South Florida FL
University of South Florida St. Petersburg FL University of Southern Indiana IN
University of St. Thomas (Texas) TX University of Tampa FL
University of Tennessee at Martin TN University of Tennessee- Knoxville TN
University of the Incarnate Word TX University of the Ozarks AR
University of Tulsa OK University of Vermont VT
University of Virginia VA University of West Georgia GA
Upper Iowa University IA Ursinus College PA
Ursuline College OH Valparaiso University IN
Vanderbilt University TN VanderCook College of Music IL
Vassar College NY Villanova University PA
Virginia Tech VA Wabash College IN
Wagner College NY Warren Wilson College NC
Washington & Jefferson College PA Washington University in St. Louis MO
Waynesburg University PA Webb Institute NY
Wesleyan University CT West Virginia University WV
Western Connecticut State University CT Western Michigan University MI
Western New England University MA Westfield State University MA
Westminster College of Salt Lake City UT Wheaton College (IL) IL
Wheeling Jesuit University WV Whitman College WA
Whitworth University WA William & Mary VA
William Paterson University NJ Williams College MA
Winthrop University SC Wittenberg University OH
Wofford College CA Worcester Polytechnic Institute MA
Xavier University (OH) OH Yale University CT

Why Do Colleges Superscore?

While submitting your admission application to colleges, you might be wondering why some colleges accept SAT superscores. Here are a few reasons:

  1. It helps colleges maintain their reputation
    Colleges that superscore the SAT are able to report higher test score averages across all admitted students. This helps in maintaining their reputation.
  2. Majority of students take the SAT at least twice
    Colleges are aware that many students take the SAT twice or more in order to prepare for college admissions. Research shows that students improve in at least one section when they retake the test.
  3. A single test result is not a reliable measure of your academic potential.
    There are a lot of factors that influence your test performance—your level of preparation, your sleeping and eating schedule before the test, and having any personal issues that may affect your concentration on the test.

Why do some colleges not accept SAT superscore?

For superscoring, students need to take multiple tests and send in their best scores. This comes as an addition to the already high cost of college applications. Hence, some colleges decide not to superscore to reduce the financial burden on students. Moreover, submitting SAT scores is optional for some colleges, so superscoring is also not taken into consideration.

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