SAT Essay came out good?!

My school-day SAT scores came back. I did not do as well as I thought I would on the composite. However, I did really well on my essay, getting a 22/24. Since CollegeBoard is eliminating the essay from regular administrations, does this not matter? I would like this to matter, as it would provide a decent boost.

Very few colleges look at or require the SAT essay even before College Board was taking out the essay. I don’t think the essay will help too much.

Here’s a list from PrepScholar on which colleges require the essay, and which ones recommend it. Do note though that the article is a year old, and many of the recommend colleges don’t actually rank people with an SAT essay higher.

School State/Country Require or Recommend
Abilene Christian University TX Recommend
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences NY Recommend
Allegheny College PA Recommend
Augsburg University MN Recommend
Austin College TX Recommend
Benedictine University IL Require
Caldwell University NJ Recommend
California State University, Northridge CA Recommend
Central Connecticut State University CT Recommend
Central Michigan University MI Recommend
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania PA Recommend
City University London UK Require
College of Wooster OH Recommend
Colorado School of Mines CO Recommend
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art NY Recommend
Corban University OR Recommend
Cornerstone University MI Recommend
Dallas Christian College TX Recommend
Delaware State University DE Require
DeSales University PA Require
Dominican University of California CA Require
Duke University NC Recommend
Earlham College IN Recommend
Eastern Illinois University IL Recommend
Eastern Nazarene College MA Recommend
Eastern University PA Recommend
Endicott College MA Recommend
Five Towns College NY Recommend
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University FL Require
Gallaudet University DC Recommend
George Washington University DC Recommend
Georgia Highlands College GA Recommend
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) GA Recommend
Greenville University IL Recommend
Gwynedd Mercy University PA Recommend
Hofstra University NY Recommend
Holy Family College WI Recommend
Holy Family University PA Recommend
Howard University DC Require
Husson University ME Recommend
Indiana University South Bend IN Recommend
Indiana University Southeast IN Recommend
Indiana Wesleyan University IN Recommend
Inter American University of Puerto Rico: Barranquitas Campus PR Recommend
John Wesley University NC Require
Juilliard School NY Recommend
Keiser University (West Palm Beach) FL Recommend
Kentucky State University KY Require
Lehigh University PA Recommend
Madonna University MI Recommend
Manhattan College NY Recommend
Martin Luther College MN Require
Marymount California University CA Recommend
Massachusetts Maritime Academy MA Recommend
McMurry University TX Recommend
Mercy College NY Recommend
Modern College of Design OH Recommend
Molloy College NY Require
Montana Technological University MT Recommend
Morehouse College GA Recommend
Mount Saint Mary College NY Recommend
Mount St. Joseph University OH Recommend
National-Louis University IL Recommend
New Jersey City University NJ Recommend
Nichols College MA Recommend
North Park University IL Recommend
Ohio University OH Recommend
Oregon State University OR Recommend
Purdue University Northwest IN Recommend
Randall University OK Recommend
Randolph-Macon College VA Recommend
Reading Area Community College PA Recommend
Rowan University NJ Recommend
Rutgers University—Camden Campus NJ Recommend
Rutgers University—Newark Campus NJ Recommend
Saint Michael’s College VT Recommend
SciencesPo France Recommend
Seton Hill University PA Recommend
Shiloh University IA Recommend
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania PA Recommend
Soka University of America CA Require
Southern California Institute of Architecture CA Require
Southern Illinois University Carbondale IL Recommend
Southern Oregon University OR Recommend
Spring Hill College AL Recommend
Sul Ross State University TX Recommend
SUNY Farmingdale State College NY Recommend
SUNY University at Stony Brook NY Recommend
Tarleton State University TX Recommend
Texas A&M International University TX Recommend
Texas A&M University TX Recommend
Texas A&M University—Galveston TX Require
Texas State University TX Recommend
The King’s College NY Recommend
United States Air Force Academy CO Recommend
United States Military Academy (West Point) NY Require
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) CA Require
University of California, Davis (UC Davis) CA Require
University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) CA Require
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) CA Require
University of California, Merced CA Require
University of California, Riverside CA Require
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) CA Require
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) CA Require
University of California, Santa Cruz CA Require
University of Evansville IN Recommend
University of Hawaii: West Oahu HI Recommend
University of La Verne CA Recommend
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor TX Recommend
University of Massachusetts Amherst MA Recommend
University of Minnesota: Twin Cities MN Recommend
University of New England ME Recommend
University of North Texas TX Require
University of Northwestern—St. Paul MN Recommend
University of Texas at Dallas TX Require
University of the Virgin Islands VI Recommend
University of Toledo OH Recommend
University of Washington Bothell WA Recommend
VanderCook College of Music IL Recommend
Virginia Union University VA Recommend
Wabash College IN Recommend
Webb Institute NY Recommend
Webber International University FL Recommend
Wesleyan College GA Recommend
West Virginia University Institute of Technology WV Require
Western Carolina University NC Require
William Jewell College MO Recommend

sat essay going to be axed soon

Unfortunately, as noted above, very few schools care about the essay any more, if any.

The Prepscholar article is actually from 2016, despite the byline date (check the comments) and way out of date.

West Point is the only large school that I know of that used it last cycle (though there may be small schools I don’t know about), and I suspect that will end.

It will be sent with your scores, and some schools may look at it, but I wouldn’t count on it providing a meaningful benefit.


@geolawyer1903, if you don’t mind what was your composite score?

1550 first time. School-day, I got 1510. One more is pending, but I hope to get a perfect score on math to boost my superscore. You might ask, why not stop with the 1510? Well, my school is extremely competitive with many of my peers getting 1570+. So I wanted to stay in the hunt, so to speak.

That’s a really good score for pretty much all colleges. I think you’ll be fine SAT wise.

I know, but I need all of the boosts I can get at T30s. My essays and ECs are very average.

Yeah, I feel the same way.