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 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 a 1200 SAT places you within or slightly outside the middle fifty percent of admitted students. The colleges are ranked by their position on our best colleges ranking. They represent the better schools you have a competitive chance of getting into and those which have historically accepted a 1200 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 1200 on the SAT a good score?

Yes, a score of 1200 is quite good. It places you in the top 76th percentile nationally out of the 1.7 million students taking the SAT entrance exam this year. 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.

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 SAT 1600 point scale per the College Board's concordance tables.

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Displaying 690 target schools where your 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 426 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%
    • 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%

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.