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Why are the bottom 25% SAT scores so low for the "elite" public colleges?
My sister is a sophomore and is just starting to think about college.
From UCLA's website, 25% of UCLA's freshmen class score below 1180 (CR and CM).
That's in the 78th percentile. Solid, but definitely not in the elite category.
(Looking at other respectable public schools, I see percentages not too far off, or better, than UCLA:
UVA 85th percentile
Illinois 81st percentile
UNC 80th percentile
Florida 77th percentile
Connecticut 72nd percentile
Wisconsin 76th percentile
Maryland 79th percentile
Pittsburgh 75th percentile
Penn State 64th percentile
Texas 66th percentile
Washington 66th percentile
Rutgers 62nd percentile
Umass 54th percentile
Oregon 47th percentile
Alabama 47th percentile
Stanford's bottom 25% of freshmen are in the 95th percentile.
So it looks like marginal students have a real good shot at getting in to most any public school.
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