The Best Colleges for a 980 on the SAT

What colleges can I apply to with a SAT score of 980?

With a 980 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 480 schools where a 980 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 980 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 980 on the SAT a good score?

You can probably do better than a score of 980. It places you in the bottom 36th percentile nationally out of the 1.7 million students taking the SAT entrance exam this year. 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.

For comparison purposes, a 980 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 SAT 1600 point scale per the College Board's concordance tables.

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Displaying 480 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 487 reach schools and 334 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 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 50%
    • SAT Range 960/1190
    • ACT Range 21/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.16
    • Students: 1,485
    • Tuition:$44,110
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 42%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 32%
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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 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 53%
    • 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 980 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 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 45%
    • SAT Range 970/1260
    • ACT Range 21/26
    • Average HS GPA NA
    • Students: 1,363
    • Tuition:$26,800
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 39%
    • SAT Range 960/1270
    • ACT Range 20/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.4
    • Students: 2,494
    • Tuition:$30,520
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 67%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 56%
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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 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 51%
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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 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 55%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 49%
    • SAT Range 950/1170
    • ACT Range 17/25
    • Average HS GPA 3.28
    • Students: 567
    • Tuition:$25,390
      Admissions Standards  Moderate Requirements
    • Your 980 SAT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 47%

Frequently Asked Questions

You can probably do better than a score of 980. The score puts you in the bottom 36th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 980 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 980 SAT score.

A 980 ranks in the bottom 36th percentile of all students who take the SAT exam.

A 980 converts to a 18 on the ACT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 18 ACT score.