So I see you're not going to argue about the quality of our higher educational systems being better? Smart guy. manikpanic But obviously you need great SAT scores to get into great schools. Why would it be otherwise? The point of the SATs/ACTs are to show colleges where you are and how you learn. There's no point in sending someone with a 1300 to Harvard because he won't be able to keep up with other students and will flunk out. And comparing prestigious schools to your average for education doesn't mean anything. The average for college here is about $20,000, which is less than what you said you're paying. Plus we're also getting a better education that we'll actually be able to use. However, a better telling statistic would be the percent of income for tuition. Ivy League schools usually have more "upper-echelon" kids, so paying tuition is nothing. As I said before, I'm going to college for 700 a year, which will equal $2,800 for four years manikpanic . I'm expected to make around $96,000 a year straight out of college as well.