The Complete Ranking Of America's 501 Smartest Colleges

Below is the complete ranking of the smartest colleges in America, based on 501 schools with available data. They are ranked by average SAT scores using the methodology described here. The national and liberal arts rankings come from US News, as does the test score data.

On the following list, a (2) next to the school's name indicates that some or all students aren't required to supply scores; a (3) indicates that the school did not supply all students it has scores for, or did not tell US News if it had; a (4) indicates that the data is from a previous year, rather than from the most recent year; and a (9) indicates that the school may not require scores from all applicants and that it may not have submitted data for all students. "RNP" means the school's ranking is not published.

Smarts Rank School Average SAT (M + V) Rank National Universities Rank Liberal Arts
1 California Institute of Technology 1535 10  
2 Princeton University 1500 1  
2 Harvard University 1500 2  
2 Yale University 1500 3  
5 University of Chicago 1495 5  
5 Harvey Mudd College 1495   16
7 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1490 7  
7 Washington University in St. Louis 1490 14  
9 Columbia University 1480 4  
10 Stanford University 1475 5  
11 Northwestern University 1470 12  
12 Vanderbilt University 1465 17  
13 Duke University 1455 7  
13 Dartmouth College 1455 10  
15 Swarthmore College 1450   3
16 University of Pennsylvania 1445 7  
16 Rice University 1445 18  
16 University of Notre Dame 1445 18  
16 Williams College 1445   1
16 Pomona College 1445   4
21 Tufts University 1435 28  
21 Amherst College 1435   2
23 Bowdoin College 1430   4
23 Carleton College 1430   7
25 Brown University 1425 14  
26 Carnegie Mellon University 1420 23  
27 Cornell University 1415 16  
27 Haverford College 1415   9
29 Johns Hopkins University 1410 12  
29 Claremont McKenna College 1410   9
31 Georgetown University 1405 20  
32 Vassar College 1400   13
33 Hamilton College 1390   14
33 Washington and Lee University 1390   14
33 Grinnell College 1390   17
33 Wesleyan University 1390   17
37 Wellesley College 1385   7
37 Reed College (4) 1385   74
39 University of Southern California 1375 23  
39 Middlebury College 1375   4
41 Case Western Reserve University 1370 37  
41 Northeastern University 1370 49  
41 Macalester College 1370   24
44 Emory University 1365 20  
44 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1365 41  
46 University of Virginia 1360 23  
46 Georgia Institute of Technology 1360 36  
46 Tulane University (3) 1360 52  
46 Colgate University 1360   20
46 Oberlin College 1360   25
46 United States Air Force Academy 1360   25
52 University of California-Berkeley 1355 20  
52 Boston College 1355 31  
52 College of William and Mary 1355 32  
55 New York University 1350 32  
55 Davidson College 1350   9
57 Scripps College 1345   25
57 Barnard College 1345   32
59 Bates College (2) 1344   22
60 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 1340 28  
60 Brandeis University 1340 32  
60 University of Rochester (2) 1340 32  
60 Colorado College (2) 1340   31
64 Colby College (2) 1335   22
65 Wake Forest University (2) 1330 23  
65 Whitman College 1330   41
67 University of Miami 1325 47  
67 Kenyon College 1325   32
69 Connecticut College (2) 1323   45
70 Smith College (2) 1320   20
70 Mout Holyoke College (2) 1320   38
70 Wheaton College 1320   57
73 University of California-Los Angeles 1315 23  
73 Bard College (2) 1315   38
75 Polytechnic Institute of New York University 1310 128  
75 University of Richmond 1310   25
75 Bryn Mawr College 1310   30
75 St. John's College 1310   123
79 Franklin and Marshall College (2) 1307   45
80 Hendrix College 1305   82
80 Hillsdale College 1305   82
82 Binghamton University-SUNY (3) 1303 97  
83 University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill 1300 30  
83 Lehigh University 1300 41  
83 University of Maryland-College Park 1300 62  
83 Stevens Institute of Technology 1300 82  
83 Colorado School of Mines 1300 91  
83 College of the Holy Cross (2) 1300   25
83 Occidental College 1300   41
83 Denison University (9) 1300   50
83 New College of Florida 1300   89
92 George Washington University 1295 52  
92 Worcester Polytechnic Institute (2) 1295 62  
92 Bucknell University 1295   32
92 Union College (2) 1295   41
96 Lafayette College 1290   36
96 Trinity College 1290   36
98 Boston University 1285 41  
98 University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign 1285 41  
98 Brigham Young University-Provo 1285 62  
98 Dickinson College (2) 1285   45
98 Centre College 1285   49
98 Gettysburg College (2) 1285   50
98 St. Olaf College 1285   52
98 Rhodes College 1285   54
98 Knox College (2) 1285   82
107 University of California-San Diego 1280 39  
107 Southern Methodist University 1280 60  
107 Pitzer College (2) 1280   35
107 Lewis & Clark College (2) 1280   74
107 Bennington College (2) 1280   100
112 University of Texas-Dallas 1275 142  
113 United States Military Academy (3) 1270   17
113 Thomas Aquinas College 1270   61
115 University of Wisconsin-Madison 1265 41  
115 University of Florida 1265 49  
115 Ohio State University-Columbus 1265 52  
115 University of Tulsa 1265 86  
115 Missouri University of Science & Technology 1265 128  
115 United States Naval Academy 1265   12
115 Lawrence University (2) 1265   59
115 Kalamazoo College 1265   61
123 American University 1260 75  
123 Sewanee-University of the South (2) 1260   38
123 College of the Atlantic (2) 1260   93
126 University of Texas-Austin 1255 52  
126 University of Pittsburgh 1255 62  
126 Wofford College 1255   65
129 Fordham University 1254 57  
130 University of Puget Sound 1249   76
131 Clemson University 1245 62  
131 University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 1245 69  
131 Texas Christian University 1245 82  
131 University of Denver 1245 91  
131 St. Louis University 1245 101  
131 College of Wooster 1245   65
131 Illinois Wesleyan University 1245   65
131 Gustavus Adolphus College (2) 1245   76
131 Hampshire College (2) 1245   110
140 Muhlenberg College (2) 1240   65
141 University of Georgia 1235 60  
141 Stony Brook University-SUNY 1235 82  
143 University of California-Santa Barbara 1230 41  
143 University of Connecticut 1230 57  
143 Skidmore College 1230   45
143 Willamette University 1230   61
143 Austin College 1230   82
148 Pepperdine University 1228 57  
149 Grove City College 1226   141
150 University of Washington (3) 1225 52  
150 Auburn University 1225 91  
150 Flordia State University 1225 91  
150 Loyola University Chicago 1225 101  
150 Illinois Institute of Technology 1225 109  
150 University of Maryland-Baltimore County 1225 158  
150 DePauw University 1225   54
150 Beloit College 1225   59
150 Transylvania University 1225   76
150 Cornell College 1225   97
150 Calvin College (2) 1225   100
161 Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2) 1223   61
162 Yeshiva University 1220 47  
162 University of San Diego 1220 91  
162 Drexel University 1220 97  
162 St. Lawrence University (2) 1220   56
162 Earlham College (2) 1220   65
162 Wheaton College (2) 1220   65
168 Virginia Tech 1215 69  
168 North Carolina State University-Raleigh 1215 101  
168 St. Mary's College of Maryland 1215   89
171 University of California-Davis 1210 39  
171 Soka University of America 1210   41
171 Furman University (2) 1210   52
174 Baylor University 1205 75  
174 Marquette University 1205 75  
174 Miami University-Oxford 1205 75  
174 University of Delaware 1205 75  
174 University of Colorado-Boulder 1205 86  
174 University of Tennessee 1205 101  
174 University of Dayton 1205 112  
174 University of the Pacific 1205 112  
174 Michigan Technological University 1205 117  
183 Allegheny College 1200   82
184 Pennsylvania State University-University Park 1195 37  
184 Rutgers, the State University of new Jersey-New Brunswick 1195 69  
184 Texas A&M University-College Station (3) 1195 69  
184 University of South Carolina 1195 112  
184 Southwestern University 1195   65
184 Ursinus College (2) 1195   82
184 Westmont College 1195   94
184 University of North Carolina-Asheville 1195   146
192 University of Vermont 1190 82  
192 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 1190 91  
194 SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry 1185 86  
194 University of Alabama 1185 86  
194 University of Oklahoma 1185 101  
194 Millsaps College 1185   82
194 College of St. Benedict 1185   94
194 Hope College 1185   100
194 Birmingham-Southern College 1185   115
201 Purdue University-West Lafayette 1180 68  
201 University of Central Florida 1180 170  
203 Clark University (2) 1170 75  
203 University of South Florida 1170 170  
205 Juniata College (2) 1168   100
206 Michigan State University 1165 73  
206 Indiana University-Bloomington 1165 75  
206 University of Missouri 1165 97  
206 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 1165 101  
206 University of St. Thomas 1165 112  
206 University of Kentucky 1165 119  
206 Clarkson University 1165 121  
206 DePaul University (2) 1165 121  
206 University of Arkansas 1165 128  
206 Hofstra University (2) 1165 135  
206 Louisiana State University 1165 135  
206 University of Alabama-Huntsville 1165 181  
206 St. John's University 1165   76
206 St. Mary's College 1165   76
206 Luther College 1165   94
206 Augustana College (9) 1165   100
206 Ohio Wesleyan University 1165   100
206 Lake Forest College (2) 1165   110
206 Coe College 1165   120
206 Wittenberg University (2) 1165   123
206 Nebraska Wesleyan University 1165   146
206 University of Minnesota-Morris 1165   154
206 Centenary College of Louisiana (3) 1165   167
229 Syracuse University 1160 62  
229 Agnes Scott College (2) 1160   89
229 Washington College 1160   107
229 Marymount Manhattan College 1160   RNP
233 Wabash College 1158   57
234 Gordon College (3) 1152   138
235 University at Buffalo-SUNY 1150 109  
235 George Mason University (2) 1150 141  
235 St. Michael's College (2) 1150   89
235 Stonehill College (2) 1150   115
235 Houghton College 1150   141
240 University of California-Irvine 1145 49  
240 University of Iowa (3) 1145 73  
240 Iowa State University 1145 101  
240 University of Kansas 1145 101  
240 University of San Francisco 1145 117  
240 Oklahoma State University 1145 142  
240 Maryville University of St. Louis 1145 161  
240 University of Louisville 1145 161  
240 Florida Institute of Technology (3) 1145 167  
240 Virginia Military Institute 1145   65
240 Berry College 1145   126
240 William Jewell College (2) 1145   146
252 New Jersey Institute of Technology 1140 150  
252 Florida International University 1140 RNP  
254 Washington and Jefferson College (2) 1135   97
254 Oglethorpe University 1135   165
256 King's College 1133   RNP
257 University of Houston 1130 190  
258 Colorado State University 1125 121  
258 University of Cincinnati 1125 135  
258 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 1125 158  
258 University of Wyoming 1125 161  
258 University of Missouri-St. Louis 1125 RNP  
258 Berea College 1125   76
258 Albion College 1125   100
258 Goucher College (2) 1125   110
258 St. Norbert College 1125   134
258 Concordia College-Moorhead 1125   138
258 Wells College (4) 1125   141
258 Carthage College 1125   167
258 College of Idaho 1125   167
258 Lyon College 1125   167
258 Guilford College (2) 1125   173
258 Ouachita Baptist University 1125   173
274 Duquesne University 1120 121  
274 St. Anselm College (2) 1120   120
274 Siena College 1120   126
274 Eckerd College 1120   141
274 Hartwick College (2) 1120   161
279 Hampden-Sydney College 1118   97
280 Catholic University of America 1115 121  
280 Adelphi University (9) 1115 152  
280 Texas Tech University 1115 161  
280 Susquehanna University (2) 1115   115
280 Goshen College (3) 1115   141
285 New School (2) 1113 135  
286 Temple University (3) 1110 121  
286 Arizona State University (2) 1110 142  
286 Biola University 1110 177  
286 Georgia Southern University 1110 RNP  
286 Salem College 1110   156
286 Warren Wilson College (3) 1110   167
292 University of Oregon (3) 1108 109  
293 University of Arizona (2) 1107 119  
294 University of Utah 1105 121  
294 Kansas State University (2) 1105 135  
294 University of Mississippi (2) 1105 150  
294 University of Alabama-Birmingham 1105 152  
294 Virginia Commonwealth University 1105 167  
294 Louisiana Tech University 1105 190  
294 Montana State University 1105 201  
294 Hanover College 1105   115
294 Ripon College 1105   120
294 McDaniel College (3) 1105   126
294 Westminster College 1105   146
294 Simpson College (3) 1105   154
294 Northland College 1105   180
307 University of California-Santa Cruz 1100 86  
307 Seton Hall University 1100 128  
307 University at Albany-SUNY 1100 128  
307 Oregon State University 1100 142  
307 Hollins University 1100   110
312 University of New Hampshire 1095 97  
312 Azusa Pacific University 1095 173  
312 University of North Texas (3) 1095 RNP  
312 Drew University (2) 1095   107
312 Randolph College 1095   134
317 University of California-Riverside 1090 112  
317 University of Illinois-Chicago 1090 128  
317 Ohio University 1090 135  
317 Howard University (4) 1090 142  
317 Illinois State University (3) 1090 152  
317 San Diego State University 1090 152  
317 St. John's University 1090 152  
317 Pace University (3) 1090 173  
317 University of North Dakota 1090 173  
317 University of South Dakota (3) 1090 190  
317 University of Montana 1090 201  
317 Alma College 1090   126
317 Central College 1090   134
317 Randolph-Macon College (3) 1090   134
317 Georgetown College 1090   146
317 Wartburg College (3) 1090   146
317 Doane College 1090   156
317 Wisconsin Lutheran College 1090   RNP
335 Mississippi State University 1085 142  
335 University of Rhode Island 1085 152  
335 University of Hawaii-Manoa 1085 158  
335 University of Maine 1085 167  
335 Utah State University 1085 190  
335 University of Missouri-Kansas City (3) 1085 201  
335 Trinity International University (3) 1085 RNP  
335 Roanoke College 1085   126
335 Ave Maria University (2) 1085   RNP
335 Bethany Lutheran College 1085   RNP
345 University of Texas-Arlington 1080 RNP  
345 Linfield College 1080   123
345 Purchase College-SUNY (3) 1080   156
348 Presbyterian College 1075   126
349 University of Idaho 1070 161  
349 Andrews University 1070 181  
349 North Dakota State University (3) 1070 190  
349 University of Colorado-Denver (3) 1070 190  
349 University of North Carolina-Charlotte 1070 201  
349 Georgia State University 1070 RNP  
349 Oakland University (2) 1070 RNP  
349 University of Louisiana-Lafayette 1070 RNP  
349 Wichita State University (2) 1070 RNP  
349 Westminster College 1070   115
349 Whittier College (9) 1070   126
349 Illinois College (2) 1070   156
349 Maryville College 1070   176
349 Green Mountain College (2) 1070   RNP
363 St. John Fisher College 1065 142  
363 University of Nevada-Reno 1065 181  
363 University of Massachusetts-Boston (3) 1065 RNP  
363 Burlington College (2) 1065   RNP
367 Ball State University (2) 1060 181  
367 Florida Atlantic University 1060 RNP  
367 Sweet Briar College 1060   110
370 Albright College (9) 1058   176
371 Northern Arizona University (2) 1055 RNP  
371 Nova Southeastern University 1055 RNP  
371 St. Vincent College 1055   146
374 Washington State University 1050 128  
374 Central Michigan University 1050 190  
374 Kent State University 1050 201  
374 South Dakota State University 1050 201  
374 Trevecca Nazarene University 1050 RNP  
374 University of Memphis 1050 RNP  
374 University of Nebraska-Omaha 1050 RNP  
374 University of New Orleans 1050 RNP  
374 University of South Alabama (2) 1050 RNP  
374 University of Texas-San Antonio 1050 RNP  
374 University of West Florida 1050 RNP  
374 Hiram College 1050   156
374 University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma 1050   RNP
387 East Carolina University 1045 181  
387 Principia College 1045   107
387 Moravian College (2) 1045   138
390 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey-Newark 1042 142  
391 Lycoming College (2) 1040   161
391 Eastern Mennonite University 1040   180
391 Bridgewater College 1040   RNP
394 West Virginia University 1035 170  
394 Portland State University (3) 1035 RNP  
396 Spelman College 1033   65
397 University of La Verne 1030 161  
397 St. Mary's University of Minnesota 1030 173  
397 Northern Illinois University 1030 177  
397 University of New Mexico 1030 181  
397 Western Michigan University 1030 181  
397 Edgewood College 1030 190  
397 Benedictine University (3) 1030 RNP  
397 East Tennessee State University 1030 RNP  
397 University of Arkansas-Little Rock (9) 1030 RNP  
397 University of Northern Colorado (2) 1030 RNP  
397 University of Southern Mississippi 1030 RNP  
397 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1030 RNP  
397 Wayne State University 1030 RNP  
397 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (3) 1030   176
397 Erskine College (4) 1030   180
397 Western State Colorado University (3) 1030   RNP
413 University of North Carolina-Greensboro 1025 190  
413 Morehouse College 1025   126
415 Old Dominion University 1020 RNP  
416 Widener University 1015 181  
416 Regent University (3) 1015 RNP  
416 Pacific Union College 1015   RNP
419 Bowling Green State University 1010 181  
419 Cardinal Stritch University (2) 1010 RNP  
419 Cleveland State University (3) 1010 RNP  
419 Middle Tennessee State University 1010 RNP  
419 University of Alaska-Fairbanks 1010 RNP  
419 University of Toledo 1010 RNP  
419 Clearwater Christian College 1010   RNP
419 Fort Lewis College 1010   RNP
427 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 1005 RNP  
427 Sam Houston State University 1005 RNP  
427 Simpson University (3) 1005   RNP
430 Virginia Wesleyan College (2) 1000   176
431 Ashland University (4) 995 RNP  
431 University of Nevada-Las Vegas 995 RNP  
431 Emory and Henry College (3) 995   173
431 SUNY College-Old Westbury (3) 995   RNP
435 Wesleyan College 993   161
436 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (3) 990 177  
436 New Mexico State University 990 190  
436 University of Akron 990 RNP  
436 Wright State University 990 RNP  
436 Fisk University (4) 990   146
436 Monmouth College 990   165
436 American Jewish University (4) 990   167
436 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church 990   RNP
436 Castleton State College 990   RNP
436 Louisiana State University-Alexandria 990   RNP
436 Shorter University (4) 990   RNP
436 University of Wisconsin-Parkside (9) 990   RNP
448 Bay Path College (2) 985   RNP
449 Indiana University of Pennsylvania (3) 980 177  
449 Texas A&M University-Commerce 980 RNP  
449 Brevard College 980   RNP
452 Holy Cross College (3) 975   RNP
453 Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (3) 970 RNP  
453 Xavier University of Louisiana (3) 970   161
453 Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (2) 970   RNP
453 University of Hawaii-Hilo (3) 970   RNP
457 Virginia Intermont College 969   RNP
458 Eastern Nazarene College 960   RNP
459 Judson College (4) 955   RNP
460 Florida A&M University 950 RNP  
460 Spalding University (3) 950 RNP  
460 Colorado Mesa University 950   RNP
460 Huston-Tillotson University (4) 950   RNP
460 Shawnee State University (2) 950   RNP
465 University of Virginia-Wise 945   RNP
466 Immaculata University 940 190  
466 Barry University 940 RNP  
468 Texas Woman's University (2) 930 RNP  
468 University of Pikeville 930   RNP
468 West Virginia State University (3) 930   RNP
471 Indiana State University 920 RNP  
471 University of Texas-El Paso (9) 920 RNP  
473 Lamar University (3) 915 RNP  
474 Our Lady of the Lake University 911 RNP  
475 San Diego Christian College (9) 910   RNP
476 Texas A&M University-Kingsville (3) 908 RNP  
477 University of Maine-Machias 905   RNP
477 William Peace University 905   RNP
479 Lynn University 900 RNP  
479 North Carolina A&T State University 900 RNP  
481 Bowie State University 895 RNP  
482 Jackson State University (4) 890 RNP  
483 Morgan State University 885 RNP  
484 Clark Atlanta University (3) 880 RNP  
484 Bethany College 880   RNP
484 Claflin University 880   RNP
487 Dillard University 870   RNP
488 Savannah State University (4) 850   RNP
488 Stillman College 850   RNP
490 Tennessee State University 845 RNP  
490 Johnson C. Smith University 845   RNP
490 Tougaloo College 845   RNP
493 Bloomfield College 835   RNP
494 Kentucky State University 825   RNP
495 South Carolina State University 820 RNP  
495 Texas Southern University 820 RNP  
497 Pine Manor College (3) 775   RNP
498 Allen University (2) 760   RNP
498 Lane College 760   RNP
500 Bennett College (9) 750   RNP
501 Rust College 735   RNP


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