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Kavitha Vijeyavelan
13 Aug 2015 3.1K 3 mins Share

Choose a University based on your SAT score

Tired of looking for universities through the usual yearly rankings and want to make your pick based on something different? Have a look at these...

13 Aug 2015 3.1K 3 mins Share

Has it ever occurred to you that every other ranking that you find to rate Universities are based more on surveys and less on actual numbers? Do you think these kind of ranking systems are reliable? If not; maybe the conventional rankings are not for you. For a change, let’s have a look at some different kind of rankings that have been put together for students like you.

The Top Ten (From Average SAT scores)

Business Insider for 2013-14 computed and put together the 501 Smartest Colleges of America Rankings based purely on test scores alone. Here are their top ten (in order):

  • Ranking No.1 is California Institute of Technology (CalTech) with an average SAT test score of 1535. It ranks 10th overall in the Unites States. CalTech is world-renowned for its engineering and science research and education and its extraordinary students and faculty.
  • Princeton University holds the 2nd rank with an average SAT score of 1500 and it holds the first rank among Universities in the USA. Princeton University is a world-renowned research University that has a vibrant community of learning across the fields of social sciences, humanities, engineering, and natural sciences. It presently has 1,100 faculty members, 5,200 undergraduate students, and 2,600 graduate students.
  • Harvard shares the 2nd rank (and third place) with an average SAT score of 1,500 and it holds the second rank overall among the American Universities.   Harvard is the oldest higher education institution in the Unites States and is devoted to excellence in learning, teaching, and research, striving to make a global difference. It offers an unparalleled student experience.
  • Yale University is yet another University that shares the 2nd rank (and fourth place) with an average SAT score of 1,500. Yale University ranks third nationally in the United States.
  • Next in order, at rank no.5, is the University of Chicago (UChicago) with an average SAT score of 1495 and a 5th national rank. UChicago is a world-renowned academic and research institution and its education empowers students to challenge the conventional and pursue original ideas.
  • Sharing the 5th rank with UChicago (sixth place) is Harvey Mudd College, with an average SAT score of 1495, that has ranked 16th among the liberal institutions. Harvey Mudd is a liberal arts institution that focuses on the physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering.
  • Ranking seventh, is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with an average SAT score of 1490, which also ranks seventh in the United States among all Universities. MIT strives to advance student knowledge in technology, science, and other such crucial areas that will best serve the USA and the world in the 21st century. The MIT community has 78 Nobel Laureates and more than 11,000 students totally.
  • Once again sharing the seventh rank with MiT, with an average SAT score of 1490 and in the eighth place is Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). WUSTL ranks in the fourteenth place overall in the United States. It offers more than 90 programs and nearly 1,500 courses. WUSTL offers students an environment of encouragement and supports a wide-range of exploration.
  • At the ninth rank is Columbia University, with an average SAT score of 1480. It ranks fourth best in the United States as a whole. Columbia University is the oldest higher educational institution in New York City and has been a leader of higher education internationally and nationally for over 250 years.
  • At the tenth rank is Stanford University, with an average SAT score of 1475. Stanford ranks fifth nationally, in comparison with other educational institutions in the United States. Stanford is a world-leading research and educational institution; it emphasizes interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving through its research and teaching. Its areas of excellence range from social sciences to humanities to the sciences and engineering.

Smartest Universities - Unconventional Lumosity Rankings

Would you like to have a look at one more unconventional ranking of Universities?
Try the latest Lumosity Rankings, which actually measures the students’ cognitive abilities belonging to each institution and is not based on standardised test scores, student-faculty ratios, or any such non-cognitive metrics.

Students were made to take “Lumosity Cognitive Training Games” to have their cognitive abilities measured. After acquiring the scores of 60,000 students from 411 Universities and colleges, the best ten were found to be (in order):

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Harvard University
  3. Stanford University
  4. Northwestern University
  5. Yale University
  6. Washington University in St Louis
  7. Dartmouth College
  8. Wellesley College
  9. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  10. Duke University

Explore more rankings and learn all you can about all top-notch Universities across the globe. However, at the end of the day, regardless of the ranking of the University given by any institution, only you can be the judge of what could be the best pick for you!

Check out our massive database of popular Universities across the globe and make a well informed decision.


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