College Values Online presents our ranking of the best value universities for students with low SAT scores. In our college-centric culture, scoring low on the SATs can be discouraging. It can feel like you’ll never get into a good college. But there are actually many colleges with great statistics and return on investment for students with below average SAT scores. All the schools ranked here have student populations where the bottom 25% of students (for SAT scores) scored well below the national average of 1,100. There are many kinds of schools on this list. From massive state schools to small liberal arts colleges to STEM-focused technical schools. All of the schools ranked here accept more than 80% of applicants. More information about our methodology for scoring and our sources is available at the end of the article.