Honestly, I would argue that any school with an SAT 25-75 percent range starting at more than 1350/1600 and topping off at 1500 or above would be a true "elite" school.
<p>You cannot just rely on SAT scores alone. There are many more important criteria that are far more important measures than SATs for world-class academic institutions. In fact, many world-class universities don't put as much weight on SATs as they would high school GPAs. The most acceptable criteria used in assessing academic institution are as follows: faculty caliber, facilities, academic prestige of the institution as assessed by people who know, curriculum, research output and scholarship privileges to talented students. </p>
<p>Basing on that criteria, here's how US schools would probably be ranked:</p>
<p>HYPSM - on the league of their own</p>
Group 1- Caltech, UC Berkeley, Columbia, Chicago, UPenn, Duke, Cornell, UMich, JHU, NU</p>
Group 2 - CMU, Brown, Dartmouth, Rice, UVa, Notre Dame, UCLA, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Emory, Georgia Tech, WUSL </p>
Group 3 - NYU, USC Tufts, Brandies, Wake Forest, UNC, W&M, Lehigh and the like</p>