The Best Colleges for a 1290 on the SAT

What colleges can I apply to with a SAT score of 1290?

With a 1290 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 391 schools where a 1290 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 1290 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 1290 on the SAT a good score?

Yes, you have a lot of opportunities at very good schools with a score of 1290. It places you in the top 87th percentile nationally out of the 1.7 million students taking the SAT entrance exam this year. 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.

For comparison purposes, a 1290 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.

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 391 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 50 reach schools and 1,055 safety schools you can consider.

    • SAT Range 1290/1450
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.9
    • Students: 1,843
    • Tuition:$51,447
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 19%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 12%
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    Davidson College

    • SAT Range 1280/1500
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.87
    • Students: 5,800
    • Tuition:$55,395
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 31%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 22%
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    Brandeis University

    • SAT Range 1270/1480
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.6
    • Students: 30,011
    • Tuition:$8,987
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 23%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 16%
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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    • SAT Range 1270/1450
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.81*
    • Students: 6,849
    • Tuition:$52,930
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 22%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 16%
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    Lehigh University

    • SAT Range 1260/1470
    • ACT Range 27/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.82*
    • Students: 37,887
    • Tuition:$14,167
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 30%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 23%
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    University of California San Diego

    • SAT Range 1270/1450
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 3,357
    • Tuition:$51,104
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 17%
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    Babson College

    • SAT Range 1280/1510
    • ACT Range 31/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 952
    • Tuition:$46,700
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 16%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 11%
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    Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

    • 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 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 28%
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    University of California Irvine

    • SAT Range 1280/1470
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.9
    • Students: 1,730
    • Tuition:$55,930
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 36%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 26%
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    Kenyon College

    • 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 1290 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 23%
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    Rhode Island School of Design

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you have a lot of opportunities at very good schools with a score of 1290. The score puts you in the top 87th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 1290 SAT score.

Davidson College, Brandeis University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 1290 SAT score.

A 1290 ranks in the top 87th percentile of all students who take the SAT exam.

A 1290 converts to a 27 on the ACT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 27 ACT score.