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SAT scores needed to get into American University

Average Score and SAT Requirements

American University is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the school is "considered but not required". If you do elect to submit your SAT scores, the following information is helpful to understand how you compare with other applicants.

Average SAT Score 1360

The average composite SAT score for admitted American University freshman is 1360 out of 1600. AU students have the 103rd highest average SAT score in the United States. For perspective, a 1360 is in the 93rd percentile of all SAT test takers.

SAT Score Range 1280 to 1440

The middle fifty percent of incoming students have SAT composite scores ranging from 1280 to 1440. The 75th percentile score is 1440 while the 25th percentile score is 1280.

Minimum SAT score requirement

The lowest SAT score accepted is not reported by AU but we estimate it to be around a 1200 total composite SAT score.

Average SAT Math Score 665

The average score for AU students on the math portion of the SAT is 665 out of 800. The 25th percentile of students score a 620 and the 75th percentile score 710.

Average SAT Reading Score 695

The 25th and 75th percentile range for SAT reading scores range from 660 to 730 and the average score for American University students is 695.

Number of Students Submitting SAT Scores

28 percent of students submit SAT scores with their application to American University

Admission Chances by SAT Score

Below are estimated chances of being accepted at American University based on SAT score ranges and the overall admission rate of 64.1%. These chances assume you have an average GPA for the school, around 3.7.

Can I get into AU with a 1440 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Very Good

An SAT score of 1440 or higher is very competitive at AU and is a better score than three quarters of students who are accepted. You have a very good chance of acceptance, around 77% or higher.

Can I get into AU with a 1360 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Above Average

Scores between 1360 to 1430 are above average giving you an advantage over most applicants. You have a good chance of acceptance, around 64% to 76%.

Can I get into AU with a 1280 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Below Average

SAT scores between 1280 to 1350 are still in the middle range of accepted students a but a little lower than the average. You can get in and have about a 48% to 62% percent chance of being admitted.

Can I get into AU with a 1200 SAT?

  • Score competitiveness Reach

SAT scores from 1200 to 1270 are on the very low end of the range where students are accepted. Scores in this range are not competitive with most other applicants but you still have a chance. We estimate scores in this range have less than a 46% chance of admission to AU. SAT scores below 1200 likely fall out of the range where students are regularly accepted.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class
Admission chances to American University by SAT score
SAT Score Admission Chances
1600 92%
1590 92%
1580 91%
1570 91%
1560 90%
1550 89%
1540 88%
1530 87%
1520 87%
1510 86%
1500 85%
1490 83%
1480 82%
1470 81%
1460 80%
1450 79%
1440 77%
1430 76%
1420 74%
1410 73%
1400 71%
1390 69%
1380 68%
1370 66%
1360 64%
1350 62%
1340 60%
1330 58%
1320 56%
1310 54%
1300 52%
1290 50%
1280 48%
1270 46%
1260 44%
1250 42%
1240 40%
1230 39%
1220 37%
1210 35%
1200 33%
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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=131159 IPEDS survey data for American University.