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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.

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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