Colleges that Do NOT Superscore the SAT

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Posted on Aug 17, 2017 12:43:00 PM

What is the SAT Superscore?

Let's begin by briefly explaining how to superscore the SAT. As an example, we will assume you took the SAT three times and obtained the following scores:

  Critical
Reading
Math

Writing

Essay Score
Test 1 540 570 570 8 1680
Test 2 610 520 560 9 1690
Test 3 590 670 540 7 1800
Superscore 610 670 570 9 1850

As you can see, the college in this example selected the best scores from the Reading, Math, and Writing test sections (the best scores are highlighted), giving you a total score of 1850, which is better than any of your individual score sets. Even though the admissions office will use the 1850 with an essay score of 9 to evaluate the student, they will still see the lower scores. This can have a negative impact on an admissions decision, despite what colleges may claim to the contrary.

There are colleges, however, that do not superscore. Instead, they take the score set with the highest total, which in the above example would be test 3, for a score of 1800 – with a much lower Essay score of 7.

Because of the overwhelming majority of colleges that superscore the SAT, Score at the Top has created a complete list of colleges that do NOT superscore to help you compile your list of school and universities to apply to.

List of School That Do NOT Superscore the SAT (updated for 2016):

  • Alaska Bible College
  • Allegheny Wesleyan College (OH)
  • Arizona State University
  • Auburn University (AL)
  • Augsburg College (MN)
  • Augustana College (SD)
  • Baker University (KS)
  • Baptist Bible College (PA)
  • Belhaven University (MS)
  • Belmont University (TN)
  • Bemidji State University (MN)
  • Bethany Lutheran College (MN)
  • Boise State University (ID)
  • Bowling Green State University (OH)
  • BryanLGH College of Health Sciences (NE)
  • Calvin College (MI)
  • Carroll College (MT)
  • Carroll University (WI)
  • Carthage College (WI)
  • Central Wyoming College
  • Clarendon College (TX)
  • Clearwater Christian College (FL)
  • Coe College (IA)
  • College of Mount Saint Joseph (OH)
  • College of Saint Scholastica (MN)
  • Colorado State University
  • Concordia University (MI)
  • Concordia University (MN)
  • Concordia University (WI)
  • Cottey College (MO)
  • Crossroads College (MN)
  • Crown College (TN)
  • Delta State University (MS)
  • Dunwoody College of Technology (MN)
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eastern Oregon University
  • Faulkner University (AL)
  • Harding University (AR)
  • Hardin-Simmons University (TX)
  • Heritage Baptist University (IN)
  • Heritage Christian University (AL)
  • Hesston College (KS)
  • Hillsdale College (MI)
  • Hodges University (FL)
  • Huntington University (IN)
  • Illinois College
  • Kent State University (OH)
  • Keuka College (NY)
  • Lake Superior State University (MI)
  • Lakeland College (WI)
  • Lexington College (IL)
  • Lincoln College (IL)
  • Louisiana State University Baton Rouge
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Lyon College (AR)
  • Marian University (WI)
  • Marquette University (WI)
  • Maryville University (MO)
  • Mayo School of Health Sciences (MN)
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Missouri Baptist University
  • Missouri State University
  • National University (CA)
  • North Central State College (OH)
  • North Dakota State University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • (The) Ohio State University
  • Oral Roberts University (OK)
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific Union College (CA)
  • Park University (MO)
  • (The) Pennsylvania State University (all branch campuses as well)
  • Pillar College (NJ)
  • Pittsburg State University (KS)
  • Potomac State College of West Virginia University
  • Presentation College (SD)
  • Ripon College (WI)
  • Rocky Mountain College (MT)
  • Rosemont College (PA)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (MI)
  • Saint Louis College of Pharmacy (MO)
  • Saint Mary’s University (MN)
  • Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • Southern Illinois University
  • Southern Virginia University
  • Southwestern Christian University (OK)
  • Sterling College (KS)
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • The King’s College (NY)
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alabama Birmingham
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California university system
  • University of Findlay (OH)
  • University of Houston (TX)
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (TX)
  • University of Minnesota (all branch campuses as well)
  • University of Montevallo (AR)
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada Reno
  • University of North Dakota Grand Forks
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of Sioux Falls (SD)
  • University of Texas Austin
  • University of the Cumberlands (KY)
  • University of the Ozarks (AR)
  • University of the Southwest (NM)
  • University of Toledo (OH)
  • University of Utah
  • University of Wisconsin Green Bay
  • University of Wisconsin Madison
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
  • University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  • University of Wyoming
  • Valparaiso University (IN)
  • Waldorf College (IA)
  • Warner Pacific College (OR)
  • West Virginia University
  • Western Washington University
  • Westwood College: Dupage (IL)
  • William Penn University (IA)
  • Xavier University (LA)

This list was compiled by my colleague, Cigus Vanni, school counselor at Cherry Hill High School West in New Jersey, former member of the NACAC Professional Development Committee. Primary sources: The College Board professional download resources; individual college websites; several telephone conferences. Information compiled 07-24-2015. Permission to distribute happily and freely given.

What does that mean for you? What action should you take if you know you’re going to apply to one of the schools on the list below? The answer is clear: prepare to do your best on each of the four test sections that are scored. Don’t leave any stones unturned, because schools on the list below won’t unglue the scores. With test prep and tutoring, Score at the Top can help you be “super” on every test you take!


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