Colleges for a 1020 on the SAT

What colleges accept a 1020 SAT score?

With a 1020 on the SAT, these colleges are a good match for you

Based on 2021 freshman class SAT scores for all U.S. colleges, here are 580 schools where submitting a 1020 with your college application places you around the middle SAT score range of admitted students. This list represents the most popular schools where you will be a competitive applicant and those which have historically accepted a 1020 SAT score. Keep in mind, a SAT score alone won't get you admitted. It's equally important to have the GPA that the college is expecting for incoming students.

Is a 1020 a good SAT score?

A score of 1020 is a little worse than average. It places you in the bottom 43rd percentile nationally out of the 1.7 million test takers of the SAT entrance exam. The score indicates you've done a slightly below average job answering the questions on the Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing sections of the test. If a 1020 isn't strong enough to get into your dream school, consider taking a test prep course to see if you can raise your score.

What is the ACT equivalent to a 1020 SAT score?

For comparison purposes, a 1020 on the SAT converts to a 19 on the ACT based on the College Board / ACT concordance. Not all colleges report both SAT and ACT score admission data so you should check our comparable listings for both standardized tests to find academically similar schools.

What are the best colleges can I get into with a 1020?

Here are some of the top ranked colleges which have historically accepted students in this test score range. Scroll down further to explore, search, sort and filter the full list.


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List of 1020 SAT Colleges

Displaying 580 colleges where your 1020 SAT score is within the typical range of past accepted students. You have a chance at being accepted but admission may be challenging at more selective colleges. Hint: Filter by admission chance for 1,770 target schools (good chance), 885 reach (harder) schools and 1,146 safety (easier) schools you can consider.

East Carolina University
E
Greenville, NC
East Carolina University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

1100 Average SAT

#8 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 28,798enrollment
  • $15,403net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1170SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance79%

Applications Due Apr 15

Texas State University
T
San Marcos, TX
Texas State University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

1100 Average SAT

#7 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 37,812enrollment
  • $13,750net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1180SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.38Estimated Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance76%

Applications Due May 1

San Jose State University
S
San Jose, CA
San Jose State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

1130 Average SAT

#12 Best Public Universities in California

  • 36,208enrollment
  • $15,995net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1240SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.55Avg Weighted GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance53%

Applications Due Feb 10

California State University Long Beach
C
Long Beach, CA
California State University Long Beach

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

1130 Average SAT

#11 Best Public Universities in California

  • 40,069enrollment
  • $10,568net price
  • 42%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1240SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.68Avg Weighted GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance28%

Applications Due Nov 30

San Francisco State University
S
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

1030 Average SAT

#18 Best Public Universities in California

  • 27,349enrollment
  • $14,757net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 930-1130SAT range
  • 16-23ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance83%

Applications Due May 1

Washington State University
W
Pullman, WA
Washington State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

1120 Average SAT

#2 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 31,159enrollment
  • $17,931net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1210SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance68%

Applications Due Jan 31

Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

1160 Average SAT

#2 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 31,822enrollment
  • $16,105net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1310SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance80%

Applications Due Jul 1

California State University Los Angeles
C
Los Angeles, CA
California State University Los Angeles

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

970 Average SAT

#26 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,745enrollment
  • $3,859net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 870-1060SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
  • 3.32Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance82%

California State University Fullerton
C
Fullerton, CA
California State University Fullerton

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

1090 Average SAT

#16 Best Public Universities in California

  • 42,051enrollment
  • $8,322net price
  • 68%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1180SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
  • 3.68Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance56%

Applications Due Nov 30

California State University Sacramento
C
Sacramento, CA
California State University Sacramento

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

1030 Average SAT

#20 Best Public Universities in California

  • 32,293enrollment
  • $11,473net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 930-1130SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.41Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance82%

Coastal Carolina University
C
Conway, SC
Coastal Carolina University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

1100 Average SAT

#6 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 10,118enrollment
  • $14,716net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1180SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.69Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance55%

Applications Due Jun 1

Old Dominion University
O
Norfolk, VA
Old Dominion University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

1070 Average SAT

#9 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 24,286enrollment
  • $17,162net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 960-1170SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance94%

Applications Due Apr 15

Clark Atlanta University
C
HBCU
Atlanta, GA
Clark Atlanta University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

960 Average SAT

#12 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 3,776enrollment
  • $29,100net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 880-1040SAT range
  • 17-20ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance70%

Applications Due May 1

Morgan State University
M
HBCU
Baltimore, MD
Morgan State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

990 Average SAT

#9 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 7,634enrollment
  • $16,651net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 910-1070SAT range
  • 16-20ACT range
  • 3.1Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance78%

Applications Due Nov 1

Georgia Southern University
G
Statesboro, GA
Georgia Southern University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

1080 Average SAT

#5 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 26,949enrollment
  • $15,463net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 993-1170SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.47Estimated Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance87%

Applications Due May 1

University of Memphis
M
Memphis, TN
University of Memphis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

1100 Average SAT

#7 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 22,205enrollment
  • $13,777net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 990-1200SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance78%

Applications Due May 1

Alabama State University
A
HBCU
Montgomery, AL
Alabama State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

950 Average SAT

#11 Best Public Universities in Alabama

  • 4,072enrollment
  • $13,282net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 844-1049SAT range
  • 14-20ACT range
  • 3.09Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance99%

Applications Due Mar 1

Western Carolina University
W
Cullowhee, NC
Western Carolina University

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

1120 Average SAT

#9 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 12,243enrollment
  • $13,221net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1220SAT range
  • 20-25ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Your 1020 SAT
Admission Chance33%

Applications Due Apr 1

FAQs

Is a 1020 a good SAT score?

A score of 1020 is a little worse than average. The score puts you in the bottom 43rd percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 1020 SAT score.

What colleges can I get into with a 1020 SAT score?

East Carolina University, Texas State University and San Jose State University are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 1020 SAT score.

What percentile is 1020 on the SAT?

A 1020 ranks in the bottom 43rd percentile of all students who take the SAT exam.

What is the equivalent ACT score to a 1020 SAT?

A 1020 converts to a 19 on the ACT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 19 ACT score.