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BREAKING: Class of 2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist SI Cutoffs have leaked.


I have big news to share!  Below is an alphabetical list of the rumored Class of 2022 statewide National Merit Semifinalist Selection Index (SI) cutoffs for all 50 states, plus Washington, D.C., US International and US Territories:

Alabama (212), Alaska (208), Arizona (218), Arkansas (211), California (221), Colorado (217), Connecticut (220), Delaware (220), District of Columbia (224) Florida (217), Georgia (219), Hawaii (217), Idaho (214) Illinois (218), Indiana (215), Iowa (211), Kansas (215), Kentucky (212), Louisiana (213), Maine (211), Maryland (224), Massachusetts (221), Michigan (217), Minnesota (218), Mississippi (213), Missouri (214), Montana (208), Nebraska (210), Nevada (214), New Hampshire (214), New Jersey (222), New Mexico (210), New York (220), North Carolina (218), North Dakota (207), Ohio (215), Oklahoma (210), Oregon (220), Pennsylvania (218), Rhode Island (213), South Carolina (213), South Dakota (210), Tennessee (215), Texas (220), US International (224), US Territories (207), Utah (212), Vermont (211), Virginia (221), Washington (220), West Virginia (207), Wisconsin (214), Wyoming (208)


                           
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The states whose cutoffs have increased from last year are Delaware (+1), District of Columbia (+2), Florida (+1), Kansas (+1), Louisiana (+1), Maryland (+3), Michigan (+1), Mississippi (+2), North Carolina (+1), Oregon (+3), Pennsylvania (+1), South Carolina (+1), South Dakota (+1), Texas (+1), US International (+2), and Wisconsin (+1).
 
The states whose cutoffs have decreased from last year are Alaska (-4), Arkansas (-1), Illinois (-1), Iowa (-1), Kentucky (-2), Massachusetts (-1), Maine (-2), Montana (-2), Nebraska (-2), Nevada (-1), New Hampshire (-1), New Mexico (-1), North Dakota (-2), Oklahoma (-1), Rhode Island (-3), US Territories (-2), Vermont (-1), West Virginia (-2), and Wyoming (-1).

The states whose cutoffs have stayed the same as last year are Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Virginia.

This SI cutoff data has been crowdsourced, collected, and compiled from across the web, including social media such as Reddit, Telegram, Discord, College Confidential, and other anonymous test-prep forums, as well as from my own private conversations with students, parents, guidance counselors, and principals.  All junior-year PSAT scores or qualifying alternate entry SAT scores with a Selection Index equal to or above the cutoff will qualify for National Merit Semifinalist status.

Based off Maryland's—and thus, US International's—historic 224 SI cutoff, it appears that despite what you may have heard from other PSAT experts, Alternate Entry scores did in fact factor into the calculation of statewide SI cutoffs this year, as I originally postulated over a year ago.

Any questions, concerns, or additional statewide cutoffs to share, please contact me directly at mcelroy@post.harvard.edu.

Original post 8/27/21
Last updated 9/9/21



Alabama
2022 Cutoff: 212
2021 Cutoff: 212

Alaska
2022 Cutoff: 208
2021 Cutoff: 212

Arizona
2022 Cutoff: 218
2021 Cutoff: 218

Arkansas
2022 Cutoff: 211
2021 Cutoff: 212

California
2022 Cutoff: 221
2021 Cutoff: 221

Colorado
2022 Cutoff: 217
2021 Cutoff: 217

Commended (same as US Territories semifinalist cutoff)
2022 Cutoff: 207
2021 Cutoff: 209

Connecticut
2022 Cutoff: 220
2021 Cutoff: 220

Delaware
2022 Cutoff: 220
2021 Cutoff: 219

District of Columbia aka Washington, D.C. (same as highest SI cutoff)
2022 Cutoff: 224
2021 Cutoff: 222

Florida
2022 Cutoff: 217
2021 Cutoff: 216

Georgia
2022 Cutoff: 219
2021 Cutoff: 219

Hawaii
2022 Cutoff: 217
2021 Cutoff: 217

Idaho
2022 Cutoff: 214
2021 Cutoff: 214

Illinois
2022 Cutoff: 218
2021 Cutoff: 219

Indiana
2022 Cutoff: 215
2021 Cutoff: 215

Iowa
2022 Cutoff: 211
2021 Cutoff: 212

Kansas
2022 Cutoff: 215
2021 Cutoff: 214

Kentucky
2022 Cutoff: 212
2021 Cutoff: 214

Louisiana
2022 Cutoff: 213
2021 Cutoff: 212

Maine
2022 Cutoff: 211
2021 Cutoff: 213

Maryland
2022 Cutoff: 224
2021 Cutoff: 221

Massachusetts
2022 Cutoff: 221
2021 Cutoff: 222

Michigan
2022 Cutoff: 217
2021 Cutoff: 216

Minnesota
2022 Cutoff: 218
2021 Cutoff: 218

Mississippi
2022 Cutoff: 213
2021 Cutoff: 211

Missouri
2022 Cutoff: 214
2021 Cutoff: 214

Montana
2022 Cutoff: 208
2021 Cutoff: 210

Nebraska
2022 Cutoff: 211
2021 Cutoff: 213

Nevada
2022 Cutoff: 214
2021 Cutoff: 215

New Hampshire
2022 Cutoff: 214
2021 Cutoff: 215

New Jersey
2022 Cutoff: 222
2021 Cutoff: 222

New Mexico
2022 Cutoff: 210
2021 Cutoff: 211

New York
2022 Cutoff: 220
2021 Cutoff: 220

North Carolina
2022 Cutoff: 218
2021 Cutoff: 217

North Dakota
2022 Cutoff: 207
2021 Cutoff: 209

Ohio
2022 Cutoff: 215
2021 Cutoff: 215

Oklahoma
2022 Cutoff: 210
2021 Cutoff: 211

Oregon
2022 Cutoff: 220
2021 Cutoff: 217

Pennsylvania
2022 Cutoff: 218
2021 Cutoff: 217

Rhode Island
2022 Cutoff: 213
2021 Cutoff: 216

South Carolina
2022 Cutoff: 213
2021 Cutoff: 212

South Dakota
2022 Cutoff: 210
2021 Cutoff: 209

Tennessee
2022 Cutoff: 215
2021 Cutoff: 215

US International (for citizens living abroad - same as highest SI cutoff)
2022 Cutoff: 224
2021 Cutoff: 222

US Territories (same as commended cutoff)
2022 Cutoff: 207
2021 Cutoff: 209

Texas
2022 Cutoff: 220
2021 Cutoff: 219

Utah
2022 Cutoff: 212
2021 Cutoff: 212

Vermont
2022 Cutoff: 211
2021 Cutoff: 212

Virginia
2022 Cutoff: 221
2021 Cutoff: 221

Washington
2022 Cutoff: 220
2021 Cutoff: 220

West Virginia
2022 Cutoff: 207
2021 Cutoff: 209

Wisconsin
2022 Cutoff: 214
2021 Cutoff: 213

Wyoming
2022 Cutoff: 208
2021 Cutoff: 209


Good luck to everyone.

 

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