The Best Colleges for a 1300 on the SAT

What colleges can I apply to with a SAT score of 1300?

With a 1300 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 357 schools where a 1300 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 1300 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 1300 on the SAT a good score?

Yes, a score of 1300 is very good. It places you in the top 88th 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 1300 on the SAT converts to a 28 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 357 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 49 reach schools and 822 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 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 19%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 13%
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    Davidson College

    • SAT Range 1300/1480
    • ACT Range 30/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.13
    • Students: 1,071
    • Tuition:$55,024
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 16%
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    Scripps 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 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 31%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 23%
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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 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 23%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 17%
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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    • SAT Range 1300/1470
    • ACT Range 30/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.86
    • Students: 11,030
    • Tuition:$53,308
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 19%
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    Villanova University

    • 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 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 22%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 17%
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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 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 30%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 24%
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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 1300 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 18%
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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 1300 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 1300 SAT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 29%
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    University of California Irvine

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a score of 1300 is very good. The score puts you in the top 88th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 1300 SAT score.

Davidson College, Scripps College and Brandeis University are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 1300 SAT score.

A 1300 ranks in the top 88th percentile of all students who take the SAT exam.

A 1300 converts to a 28 on the ACT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 28 ACT score.