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 1200/1390
    • ACT Range 26/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.73
    • Students: 30,593
    • Tuition:$15,887
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 47%
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    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    • SAT Range 1160/1330
    • ACT Range 24/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.2
    • Students: 31,503
    • Tuition:$10,099
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 49%
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    University at Buffalo

    • SAT Range 1120/1340
    • ACT Range 24/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.74
    • Students: 1,771
    • Tuition:$47,540
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 64%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 61%
    • SAT Range 1160/1350
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 24,120
    • Tuition:$13,680
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 66%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 59%
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    University of Delaware

    • SAT Range 1170/1380
    • ACT Range 25/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.68*
    • Students: 68,679
    • Tuition:$11,870
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 68%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 59%
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    Texas A & M University College Station

    • SAT Range 1180/1350
    • ACT Range 27/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.54
    • Students: 1,666
    • Tuition:$43,985
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 64%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 54%
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    Wofford College

    • SAT Range 1120/1350
    • ACT Range 22/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.47
    • Students: 6,493
    • Tuition:$48,164
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 59%
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    University of the Pacific

    • SAT Range 1190/1420
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.73*
    • Students: 1,434
    • Tuition:$41,700
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 73%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 62%
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    Centre College

    • SAT Range 1140/1280
    • ACT Range 22/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.54*
    • Students: 9,139
    • Tuition:$26,756
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 32%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 30%
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    Howard University

    • SAT Range 1080/1320
    • ACT Range 23/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.53
    • Students: 1,028
    • Tuition:$42,299
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 61%
    • SAT Range 1190/1350
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.73
    • Students: 7,563
    • Tuition:$43,210
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 66%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 55%
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    Gonzaga University

    • SAT Range 1050/1310
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.63
    • Students: 5,015
    • Tuition:$51,870
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 53%
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    Pratt Institute Main

    • SAT Range 1180/1370
    • ACT Range 25/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.77
    • Students: 14,438
    • Tuition:$43,884
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 48%
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    Saint Louis University Main Campus

    • SAT Range 1190/1360
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 4.15
    • Students: 34,795
    • Tuition:$12,616
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 52%
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    University of South Carolina Columbia

    • SAT Range 1060/1280
    • ACT Range 23/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 38,390
    • Tuition:$10,780
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 59%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 62%
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    The University of Alabama

    • SAT Range 1140/1360
    • ACT Range 24/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.7
    • Students: 4,869
    • Tuition:$41,396
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 68%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 63%
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    Drake University

    • SAT Range 1160/1380
    • ACT Range 26/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 1,104
    • Tuition:$46,450
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 65%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 57%
    • SAT Range 1030/1270
    • ACT Range 22/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.68
    • Students: 808
    • Tuition:$34,400
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 46%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 52%
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    William Jewell College

    • SAT Range 1130/1330
    • ACT Range 22/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.56
    • Students: 1,299
    • Tuition:$39,960
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 55%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 51%
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    Austin College

    • SAT Range 1160/1390
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.94
    • Students: 1,208
    • Tuition:$45,790
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 72%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 65%
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    Hendrix College

    • SAT Range 1150/1360
    • ACT Range 24/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.59*
    • Students: 10,544
    • Tuition:$49,064
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 50%
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    The New School

    • SAT Range 1080/1360
    • ACT Range 24/30
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 5,853
    • Tuition:$7,749
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 65%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 63%
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    Truman State University

    • SAT Range 1180/1350
    • ACT Range 27/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 1,760
    • Tuition:$52,626
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 70%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 61%
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    Wheaton College

    • SAT Range 1130/1330
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.61
    • Students: 10,713
    • Tuition:$48,066
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 65%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 61%
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    University of San Francisco

    • SAT Range 1080/1220
    • ACT Range 22/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.55
    • Students: 2,171
    • Tuition:$29,064
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 1200 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 48%
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    Spelman College

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.