The Best Colleges for a 970 on the SAT

What colleges can I apply to with a SAT score of 970?

With a 970 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 443 schools where submitting a 970 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 970 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 970 a good SAT score?

You can probably do better than a score of 970. It places you in the bottom 34th percentile nationally out of the 1.7 million test takers of the SAT entrance exam. The score indicates you've done a below average job answering the questions on the Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing sections of the test. Since your score is on the lower end of the range, consider taking a test prep course and re-taking the SAT to see if you can do better.

What is the ACT equivalent to a 970 SAT score?

For comparison purposes, a 970 on the SAT converts to a 18 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 443 target schools where your 970 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 512 reach schools and 333 safety schools you can consider.

    • SAT Range 960/1210
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.36
    • Students: 2,094
    • Tuition:$35,002
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 49%
    • SAT Range 960/1190
    • ACT Range 21/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.16
    • Students: 1,485
    • Tuition:$44,110
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 42%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 31%
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    College for Creative Studies

    • SAT Range 850/1200
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 2,928
    • Tuition:$38,880
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 52%
    • 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 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 54%
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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 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 44%
    • SAT Range 970/1260
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 1,363
    • Tuition:$26,800
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 38%
    • SAT Range 960/1270
    • ACT Range 20/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.4
    • Students: 2,494
    • Tuition:$30,520
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 67%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 55%
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    McKendree University

    • SAT Range 970/1200
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.18
    • Students: 2,302
    • Tuition:$29,188
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 50%
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    Alfred University

    • SAT Range 910/1160
    • ACT Range 21/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.45
    • Students: 1,146
    • Tuition:$34,880
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 55%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 48%
    • SAT Range 950/1170
    • ACT Range 17/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.28
    • Students: 567
    • Tuition:$25,390
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 46%
    • SAT Range 930/1190
    • ACT Range 18/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.24*
    • Students: 1,255
    • Tuition:$36,358
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 49%
    • SAT Range 920/1210
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.53
    • Students: 1,854
    • Tuition:$28,035
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 42%
    • SAT Range 970/1210
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.3
    • Students: 756
    • Tuition:$30,950
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 59%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 46%
    • SAT Range 970/1190
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.15
    • Students: 17,169
    • Tuition:$14,617
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 54%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 41%
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    Northern Illinois University

    • SAT Range 970/1200
    • ACT Range 21/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.37
    • Students: 79,152
    • Tuition:$22,584
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 43%
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    Liberty University

    • SAT Range 950/1170
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.29*
    • Students: 3,737
    • Tuition:$8,570
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 52%
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    SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

    • SAT Range 940/1290
    • ACT Range 22/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.02
    • Students: 4,838
    • Tuition:$27,975
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 76%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 67%
    • SAT Range 920/1180
    • ACT Range 20/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.61
    • Students: 1,117
    • Tuition:$37,296
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 70%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 63%
    • SAT Range 950/1170
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.16
    • Students: 2,900
    • Tuition:$29,860
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 36%
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    North Park University

    • SAT Range 960/1280
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 3,429
    • Tuition:$28,000
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 62%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 50%
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    Anderson University

    • SAT Range 950/1160
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.38
    • Students: 1,131
    • Tuition:$30,175
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 64%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 54%
    • SAT Range 870/1100
    • ACT Range 18/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.23
    • Students: 770
    • Tuition:$32,766
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 42%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 40%
    • SAT Range 970/1180
    • ACT Range 18/24
    • Average HS GPA 3.72
    • Students: 3,598
    • Tuition:$32,000
      Admissions Standards  Easy Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 48%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 35%
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    Gardner Webb University

    • SAT Range 960/1170
    • ACT Range 19/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.35
    • Students: 1,695
    • Tuition:$33,550
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 59%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 47%
    • SAT Range 770/1230
    • ACT Range 15/23
    • Average HS GPA 3.07*
    • Students: 691
    • Tuition:$9,580
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 970 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 23%

Frequently Asked Questions

You can probably do better than a score of 970. The score puts you in the bottom 34th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 970 SAT score.

Millikin University, College for Creative Studies and North Central College are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 970 SAT score.

A 970 ranks in the bottom 34th percentile of all students who take the SAT exam.

A 970 converts to a 18 on the ACT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 18 ACT score.