They want you to know: that “…the average SAT verbal and math scores … for admitted undergraduate students…” in 2013 was Math 762, Verbal 722. Here is the link to the Engineering School’s Spring 2013 issue of Engineering Momentum, a magazine that they publishe.
(Go to page 3, the “At A Glance” page and look at the bottom of the page.)
They don’t want you to know: the average SAT verbal and math scores of the students who actually enrolled. (Did you notice the word “admitted” in the quote above? Probably not.) Why do I say “they don’t want you to know”? I called the magazine and asked if they have the average scores for the enrolled students. The answer was, “Yes, but we are not allowed to give that out.” I can only guess what that data shows. The engineering and computer science schools at Carnegie Mellon have a combined enrolled to admitted rate of about 27%. It also has an average SAT Math and Verbal for enrolled students of around 775 and 720, respectively. What seems more important to me is that CMU is one of the top computer and engineering schools in the country, whereas, Wash. U. is probably in the top 35, at best. I can only guess that many engineering and computer science students apply to Wash. U. as a second choice and that the data for enrolled students is lower. Of course, I don’t know for sure.
I am concerned about any school that gives out data, which is technically correct, but probably very misleading to the average reader. I would not trust a banker that did that.
Finally, I am not really picking on Wash. U. I just happen to be aware of their magazine. I have very little doubt that, in this day of marketing universities, that this kind of thing is quit common.