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 1130/1360
    • ACT Range 22/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.57*
    • Students: 25,820
    • Tuition:$9,242
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 80%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 76%
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    University of Nebraska Lincoln

    • SAT Range 1160/1370
    • ACT Range 24/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.46
    • Students: 37,886
    • Tuition:$11,000
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 73%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 66%
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    University of Cincinnati Main Campus

    • SAT Range 1060/1200
    • ACT Range 22/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.42*
    • Students: 6,858
    • Tuition:$8,536
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 44%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 57%
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    SUNY College at Cortland

    • SAT Range 1080/1250
    • ACT Range 22/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.43
    • Students: 12,847
    • Tuition:$6,360
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 42%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 47%
    • SAT Range 1090/1290
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.61*
    • Students: 29,843
    • Tuition:$9,972
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 78%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 79%
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    University of Missouri Columbia

    • SAT Range 1090/1290
    • ACT Range 22/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.7
    • Students: 3,039
    • Tuition:$32,260
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 68%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 69%
    • SAT Range 1150/1330
    • ACT Range 25/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.85
    • Students: 28,894
    • Tuition:$13,006
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 78%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 74%
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    The University of Tennessee

    • SAT Range 1110/1280
    • ACT Range 23/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.7
    • Students: 4,957
    • Tuition:$14,754
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 68%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 69%
    • SAT Range 850/1200
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 2,928
    • Tuition:$38,880
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 68%
    • SAT Range 1030/1220
    • ACT Range 19/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.13
    • Students: 854
    • Tuition:$39,120
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 72%
    • SAT Range 1100/1370
    • ACT Range 21/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 342
    • Tuition:$21,950
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 40%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 37%
    • SAT Range 1030/1220
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.53
    • Students: 2,608
    • Tuition:$18,950
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 67%
    • SAT Range 1040/1230
    • ACT Range 21/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.58
    • Students: 5,204
    • Tuition:$34,850
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 66%
    • SAT Range 850/1320
    • ACT Range 21/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.4
    • Students: 2,578
    • Tuition:$19,750
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 66%
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    North Greenville University

    • SAT Range 910/1180
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 6,543
    • Tuition:$8,421
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 66%
    • SAT Range 1020/1260
    • ACT Range 19/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.43
    • Students: 26,598
    • Tuition:$7,353
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 55%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 61%
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    California State Polytechnic University Pomona

    • SAT Range 1120/1330
    • ACT Range 23/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.61
    • Students: 31,656
    • Tuition:$9,267
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 83%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 81%
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    University of Iowa

    • SAT Range 1020/1200
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.78
    • Students: 8,064
    • Tuition:$43,050
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 64%
    • SAT Range 1060/1280
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.69
    • Students: 3,028
    • Tuition:$27,630
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 77%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 79%
    • SAT Range 1090/1270
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.2
    • Students: 6,062
    • Tuition:$5,600
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 59%
    • SAT Range 1010/1270
    • ACT Range 21/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.52*
    • Students: 2,095
    • Tuition:$34,202
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 72%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 77%
    • SAT Range 1070/1280
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.46*
    • Students: 1,922
    • Tuition:$43,650
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 78%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 80%
    • SAT Range 1070/1290
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.45
    • Students: 30,983
    • Tuition:$11,950
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 74%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 76%
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    Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

    • SAT Range 970/1260
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 1,363
    • Tuition:$26,800
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 59%
    • SAT Range 1010/1230
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.39
    • Students: 1,739
    • Tuition:$31,568
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 65%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 73%

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.