Is 1200 a good SAT score?

If you got a 1200 SAT score, you're probably wondering how you compare to other students, and whether a 1200 is good enough to get into college.

The truth is, it depends on your personal college goals and where you want to apply. We have the complete guide for you here. On this page, you'll find statistics about your score and what colleges you're competitive for. You can also use our Chance Estimator tool to figure out your chances of getting into your target schools.

Note: this 1200 score guide is for the New SAT, out of 1600. This score corresponds to a 1670 in the old SAT out of 2400.

1200 SAT Score Standings

Here's how you compare to other students and how many colleges you are competitive for:

  • score-percent Percentile: 70th

    Out of the 1.67 million test-takers, 498572 scored the same or higher than you.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 1184 Schools

    You can apply to 1184 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 312 Schools

    You have a very low chance of getting into 312 with this score.

Top Choice Colleges Chances

Can you get into your top choice colleges?

We've collected data from millions of students and thousands of colleges to figure out your chances at getting admitted with a 1200 SAT score. You'll also see how your chances improve with a higher SAT score.

To add a school to your list, type in part of the school name, choose from the dropdown, and click the button.


What if you improved your SAT score by 200 points? You would:
  • be competitive for 259 more schools in the country
  • raise your chances of getting into target schools from 62.61% to 76.31%
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Other Schools For You

What schools can you get into with an SAT score of 1200?

We've picked out a set of schools that are within range. Click on each school to learn more about it.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are hard for you to get into now, because they have average SAT scores that are higher than a 1200. But if you improve your SAT score, you'll have a much better shot.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1304 28
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1260 27
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1255 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1250 28
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1247 28

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average SAT scores that are close to a 1200. If you apply to these schools, you'll have a decent chance of admission. If you improve your SAT score by 200 points, you'll significantly improve your chances and get almost guaranteed admission for most schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1233 26
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1222 27
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1221 27
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 25
Ohio University Athens, OH 1170 24
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1165 25
Pace University New York, NY 1137 24

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a 1200 SAT score, you're already strongly competitive for these schools. You're very likely to get admitted if you apply. If you improve your SAT score, your Safety Schools will get better and better.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX 1120 22
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 1115 24
Texas State University San Marcos, TX 1110 23
East Carolina University Greenville, NC 1110 22
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 1100 23
Georgia State University Atlanta, GA 1054 23
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1025 22


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