Colleges for a 1280 on the SAT

What colleges can I apply to with a SAT score of 1280?

With a 1280 on the SAT, these colleges are a good match for your score

Looking at the most recent published freshman class SAT scores for all U.S. colleges, we've found 275 schools where submitting a 1280 with your college application places you around the middle SAT score range of admitted students' average SAT scores. They represent the most popular schools where you will be a competitive applicant and those which have historically accepted a 1280 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 1280 a good SAT score?

Yes, you have a lot of opportunities at very good schools with a score of 1280. It places you in the top 86th percentile nationally out of the 1.7 million test takers of the SAT entrance exam. The score indicates you've done a significantly above above average job answering the questions on the Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing sections of the test. If a 1280 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 1280 SAT score?

For comparison purposes, a 1280 on the SAT converts to a 27 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 colleges can I get into?

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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275 results nationwide

List of 1280 SAT Colleges

Displaying 275 colleges where your 1280 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 1,218 target schools (good chance), 177 reach (harder) schools and 3,006 safety (easier) schools you can consider.

The University of Texas at Austin
T
Austin, TX
The University of Texas at Austin

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

1360 Average SAT

#14 Best Public Universities in America

  • 51,832enrollment
  • $15,502net price
  • 32%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1480SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.8*Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance25%
Florida State University
F
Tallahassee, FL
Florida State University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

1270 Average SAT

#3 Best Colleges in Florida

  • 41,005enrollment
  • $12,568net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1340SAT range
  • 26-30ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance38%
Clemson University
C
Clemson, SC
Clemson University

Public 4 Year

9 reviews

1320 Average SAT

#24 Best Public Universities in America

  • 24,951enrollment
  • $21,482net price
  • 51%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1400SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 4.18Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance46%
University of Miami
M
Coral Gables, FL
University of Miami

Private 4 Year

13 reviews

1360 Average SAT

#1 Best Private Colleges in Florida

  • 17,331enrollment
  • $33,102net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1270-1440SAT range
  • 29-32ACT range
  • 4.2Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance19%
Arizona State University
A
Tempe, AZ
Arizona State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

1240 Average SAT

#1 Best Value in Arizona

  • 51,585enrollment
  • $14,081net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1360SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.42Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance88%
University of Georgia
G
Athens, GA
University of Georgia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

1330 Average SAT

#3 Best Colleges in Georgia

  • 38,652enrollment
  • $15,961net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1420SAT range
  • 27-32ACT range
  • 3.86Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance38%
Penn State Main Campus
P
University Park, PA
Penn State Main Campus

Public 4 Year

10 reviews

1190 Average SAT

#2 Best Public Universities in Pennsylvania

  • 46,810enrollment
  • $24,724net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1310SAT range
  • 23-30ACT range
  • 3.59Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance83%
Virginia Tech
V
Blacksburg, VA
Virginia Tech

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

1290 Average SAT

#3 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 34,683enrollment
  • $18,449net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1390SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.95Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance69%
Michigan State University
S
East Lansing, MI
Michigan State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

1210 Average SAT

#2 Best Colleges in Michigan

  • 50,351enrollment
  • $16,579net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1100-1320SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.62Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance77%
The University of Alabama
A
Tuscaloosa, AL
The University of Alabama

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

1210 Average SAT

#2 Best Value Colleges in Alabama

  • 38,390enrollment
  • $20,623net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1340SAT range
  • 23-31ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance87%
University of Central Florida
C
Orlando, FL
University of Central Florida

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

1260 Average SAT

#3 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 68,475enrollment
  • $11,617net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1340SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.81Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance48%
San Diego State University
S
San Diego, CA
San Diego State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

1220 Average SAT

#10 Best Public Universities in California

  • 35,303enrollment
  • $14,499net price
  • 34%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.6Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance42%
Auburn University
A
Auburn University, AL
Auburn University

Public 4 Year

8 reviews

1240 Average SAT

#1 Best Public Universities in Alabama

  • 30,440enrollment
  • $23,562net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1150-1320SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.74Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance85%
Ohio State University
O
Columbus, OH
Ohio State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

1360 Average SAT

#1 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 61,170enrollment
  • $18,706net price
  • 54%acceptance rate
  • 1250-1460SAT range
  • 28-32ACT range
  • 3.76*Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance45%
University of California Irvine
C
Irvine, CA
University of California Irvine

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

1300 Average SAT

#10 Best Public Universities in America

  • 36,032enrollment
  • $15,268net price
  • 27%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1420SAT range
  • 24-33ACT range
  • 3.92Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance26%
Baylor University
B
Waco, TX
Baylor University

Private 4 Year

8 reviews

1290 Average SAT

#5 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 17,217enrollment
  • $38,372net price
  • 45%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1380SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.74*Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance44%
University of Maryland College Park
M
College Park, MD
University of Maryland College Park

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

1380 Average SAT

#13 Best Public Universities in America

  • 41,200enrollment
  • $17,723net price
  • 44%acceptance rate
  • 1280-1470SAT range
  • 29-34ACT range
  • 4.11Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance32%
University of Washington Seattle Campus
W
Seattle, WA
University of Washington Seattle Campus

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

1350 Average SAT

#7 Best Public Universities in America

  • 47,400enrollment
  • $10,692net price
  • 52%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1470SAT range
  • 27-33ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
Your 1280 SAT
Admission Chance45%

FAQs

Is a 1280 a good SAT score?

Yes, you have a lot of opportunities at very good schools with a score of 1280. The score puts you in the top 86th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 1280 SAT score.

What colleges can I get into with a 1280 SAT score?

The University of Texas at Austin, Florida State University and Clemson University are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 1280 SAT score.

What percentile is 1280 on the SAT?

A 1280 ranks in the top 86th percentile of all students who take the SAT exam.

What is the equivalent ACT score to a 1280 SAT?

A 1280 converts to a 27 on the ACT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 27 ACT score.