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Is my SAT good enough?

lsfii2lsfii2 83 replies87 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 170 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in Athletic Recruits
I got 1990 - (1360 on math and reading (680 each))

Are these high enough for the tier 1 academic schools. I have recieved letters from arizona, virginia tech, etc. but my ultimate dream would be too play for an ivy league school.
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  • saxophonegirlsaxophonegirl 439 replies39 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 478 Member
    I think it's a little bit of stretch for Ivy League schools.
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  • ShesOnHerWayShesOnHerWay 719 replies38 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 757 Member
    Take it again. Study for it. Higher is always better. But all those schools will still look at you with that SAT. It also depends on the sport. What sport are you being recruited for?
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,825 Senior Member
    I know what they say about the Academic Index, but it really depends on the sport. My son's classmate barely made 1000 and still played basketball for Brown. English was his second language, so there was probably some latitude there, but still...

    The 2000 range (or 1400 for math and verbal) is definitely close enough, particularly with a strong gpa....and, depends how much coach/team needs you.
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  • Machiavelli12Machiavelli12 368 replies25 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 393 Member
    That is fine depending on your skill level. What sport do you play? Are you nationally ranked? You are probably above average in regard to recruit athletes. But it all depends on your skill level, the better you are the lower academic standards.
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  • BigGBigG 3729 replies156 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,885 Senior Member
    What class are you?
    What sport?
    If you are a junior, study and practice the SAT and do better. If you are a senior it is too late for this discussion.

    I do not know what contemporary standards are. Back in the olden days (1960's), the "tribal knowledge" among Ivy football players was that you were considered 100 points better than your score on the then 1600 point SAT for being an interior lineman, 50for a "skill" position. Being African American got you 100 points. My training camp roommate, an AA interior lineman from the deep south, made over 1400 on the SAT, so they had to take him. LOL

    I have heard swimmers complain there was no preference for them.
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  • cnp55cnp55 3648 replies152 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 3,800 Senior Member
    Your SAT is high enough for the ivies if your GPA backs it up, and the coach wants you.
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,825 Senior Member
    One of my son's friend went to Harvard Pre-Med in 2003 with a 1500 SAT and 3.7 GPA. He was not an athlete...in fact he was a caucasian, New Englander, middle income. They don't just take the perfect scores (of course, he had attended a nice prep school, so I am sure his 3.7 translated to a 4.0 in their eyes).
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  • bessiebessie 1803 replies15 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,818 Senior Member
    It depends on your sport and how good you are. Sometimes, the Ivy League schools do not recruit elite athletes for revenue sports if they think an athlete will never "lower" their (sports) standard to attend the Ivy League, which is not the most competitive conference in certain sports. If you think this may be the case for you, then contact the coach and see if they are interested in recruiting you. If you are being recruited at the high division one level, then the Ivy's may not want to waste their recruiting time & money on you unless they know you are interested. In any case, I think your SAT score is pretty good.
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  • BrainCrampBrainCramp 117 replies9 discussions- Posts: 126 Junior Member
    As said in varying ways above, if they want you to play your scores are definitely high enough. A girl in my son's class is going to Penn with a ~1200/1600 SAT...she is ~11/350 class rank and a very high GPA. All other things being very good, your SAT score will not keep you from an ivy offer. Best of luck.
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  • ArachnotronArachnotron 1658 replies103 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 1,761 Senior Member
    One of my son's friend went to Harvard Pre-Med in 2003 with a 1500 SAT and 3.7 GPA. He was not an athlete...in fact he was a caucasian, New Englander, middle income. They don't just take the perfect scores (of course, he had attended a nice prep school, so I am sure his 3.7 translated to a 4.0 in their eyes).

    A 1500 is considered really high. So is a 3.7.
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  • AKDiggerAKDigger 292 replies24 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 316 Member
    He probably means a 1500/2400
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  • sherpasherpa 4724 replies93 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 4,817 Senior Member
    ^He probably doesn't, because there was no writing section in 2003.
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,825 Senior Member
    I used that as a n example because the OP was concerned that a 1360 would not be high enough as an athlete. It seems that everyone feels you need a perfect score and gpa without a hook. I was just pointing out that this unhooked person had less than perfect scores (yes, I agree they were still high) and got in.
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  • TheGFGTheGFG 6006 replies213 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 6,219 Senior Member
    Does anyone have any idea about what would be an approximate GPA cut-off for the top Ivies, assuming excellent SAT's ? D's weighted GPA is good, her UWGPA is not good.
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  • keylymekeylyme 2778 replies47 discussionsRegistered User Posts: 2,825 Senior Member
    I think they look at the strength of your schedule and the profile of your high school (i.e. high caliber college prep school B's are worth more than weak local public A's) more than just straight GPA. Also, they convert everything to unweighted. Weighted means nothing as some schools weight and some do not. Everyone has different ideas about cut-offs, but I don't know. The Ivies reject many 4.0 students. Sure, they want you to have a high enough GPA and test scores to show that you can succeed there and that you are a hard worker, but they also want an interesting and diverse student body. It is not about trying to get a group of geniuses.
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