The Best Colleges for a 1200 on the SAT

What colleges can I apply to with a SAT score of 1200?

With a 1200 on the SAT, these are the colleges you have a competitive chance to get into

Looking at the most recent published freshman class SAT scores for all U.S. colleges, we've found 690 schools where submitting a 1200 with your college application places you around the middle SAT score range of admitted students' average SAT scores. The colleges are ranked by their position on the CollegeSimply best colleges ranking. They represent the top schools where you will be a competitive applicant and those which have historically accepted a 1200 SAT score. You can view your reach schools and safety schools by using the admission chance filter. 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 1200 a good SAT score?

Yes, a score of 1200 is quite good. It places you in the top 76th percentile nationally out of the 1.7 million test takers of the SAT entrance exam. The score indicates you've done a well above above average job answering the questions on the Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing sections of the test. If a 1200 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 1200 SAT score?

For comparison purposes, a 1200 on the SAT converts to a 25 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.

Important: If you took the SAT prior to March 2016, your test was scored on the old 2400 point scale. All SAT scores on this site have been updated to reflect the 1600 SAT scale range per the College Board's concordance tables.

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Displaying 690 target schools where your 1200 SAT score is within the typical range of past accepted applicants. You have a competitive chance at being accepted but admission is not a sure thing. Hint: You also have 89 reach schools and 695 safety schools you can consider.

    • SAT Range 1190/1410
    • ACT Range 25/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.92
    • Students: 36,032
    • Tuition:$13,700
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 20%
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    University of California Irvine

    • SAT Range 1180/1440
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 2,467
    • Tuition:$50,960
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 17%
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    • SAT Range 1160/1400
    • ACT Range 24/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.99
    • Students: 38,167
    • Tuition:$14,402
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 33%
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    University of California Davis

    • SAT Range 1200/1390
    • ACT Range 26/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 4,573
    • Tuition:$46,852
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 36%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 25%
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    Emerson College

    • SAT Range 1180/1410
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.86
    • Students: 442
    • Tuition:$33,146
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 29%
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    Soka University of America

    • SAT Range 1190/1410
    • ACT Range 25/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.62
    • Students: 3,048
    • Tuition:$47,840
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 38%
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    St Olaf College

    • SAT Range 1190/1400
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.73*
    • Students: 19,700
    • Tuition:$13,960
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 35%
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    University of California Santa Cruz

    • SAT Range 1200/1350
    • ACT Range 26/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.88
    • Students: 41,005
    • Tuition:$5,656
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 37%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 26%
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    Florida State University

    • SAT Range 1190/1370
    • ACT Range 26/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.74*
    • Students: 17,217
    • Tuition:$45,542
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 29%
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    Baylor University

    • SAT Range 1160/1350
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.29*
    • Students: 7,686
    • Tuition:$16,551
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 42%
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    The College of New Jersey

    • SAT Range 1190/1360
    • ACT Range 27/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.49
    • Students: 2,522
    • Tuition:$54,846
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 46%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 35%
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    St Lawrence University

    • SAT Range 1180/1410
    • ACT Range 25/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.8
    • Students: 4,365
    • Tuition:$41,509
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 31%
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    University of Tulsa

    • SAT Range 1180/1370
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 22,803
    • Tuition:$51,853
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 40%
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    Syracuse University

    • SAT Range 1200/1460
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.79*
    • Students: 49,702
    • Tuition:$15,094
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 62%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 49%
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    University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

    • SAT Range 1150/1340
    • ACT Range 26/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.68*
    • Students: 10,918
    • Tuition:$46,950
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 35%
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    Texas Christian University

    • SAT Range 1170/1370
    • ACT Range 26/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.67
    • Students: 11,952
    • Tuition:$50,556
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 47%
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    University of Denver

    • SAT Range 1160/1360
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 46,810
    • Tuition:$18,454
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 48%
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    Penn State Main Campus

    • SAT Range 1190/1360
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.88
    • Students: 9,073
    • Tuition:$49,358
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 53%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 41%
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    University of San Diego

    • SAT Range 1120/1340
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.82
    • Students: 2,542
    • Tuition:$40,652
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 36%
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    University of Dallas

    • SAT Range 1200/1460
    • ACT Range 24/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.78*
    • Students: 527
    • Tuition:$53,343
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 45%
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    St John's College

    • SAT Range 1190/1370
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.68
    • Students: 9,608
    • Tuition:$52,724
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 54%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 42%
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    Chapman University

    • SAT Range 1140/1400
    • ACT Range 22/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.51
    • Students: 6,479
    • Tuition:$43,500
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 53%
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    Yeshiva University

    • SAT Range 1130/1370
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.66
    • Students: 2,004
    • Tuition:$50,250
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 54%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 48%
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    The College of Wooster

    • SAT Range 1190/1410
    • ACT Range 25/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.3*
    • Students: 50,254
    • Tuition:$14,974
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 48%
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    Rutgers University New Brunswick

    • SAT Range 1130/1330
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.6*
    • Students: 1,434
    • Tuition:$42,000
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 45%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 41%
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    Southwestern University

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a score of 1200 is quite good. The score puts you in the top 76th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 1200 SAT score.

University of California Irvine, Rhode Island School of Design and University of California Davis are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 1200 SAT score.

A 1200 ranks in the top 76th percentile of all students who take the SAT exam.

A 1200 converts to a 25 on the ACT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 25 ACT score.