Is 1490 a good SAT score?

If you got a 1490 SAT score, you're probably wondering how you compare to other students, and whether a 1490 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.

1490 SAT Score Standings

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

  • score-percent Percentile: 98th

    Out of the 2.13 million test-takers, 22930 scored the same or higher than you.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 1482 Schools

    You can apply to 1482 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 14 Schools

    You have a very low chance of getting into 14 schools 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 1490 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 110 points? You would:
  • be competitive for 14 more schools in the country
  • raise your chances of getting into target schools from 78.37% to 79.11%
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Other Schools For You

What schools can you get into with an SAT score of 1490?

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 1490. But if you improve your SAT score, you'll have a much better shot.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 1530 34
Yale University New Haven, CT 1505 34
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 1500 33
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1495 33

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average SAT scores that are close to a 1490. If you apply to these schools, you'll have a decent chance of admission. If you improve your SAT score by 110 points, you'll significantly improve your chances and get almost guaranteed admission for most schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1490 33
Brown University Providence, RI 1488 32
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1478 32
Tufts University Medford, MA 1475 33
Northeastern University Boston, MA 1445 33
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1415 31
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1405 32

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a 1490 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
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1399 30
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1385 28
New York University New York, NY 1382 31
Boston University Boston, MA 1380 31


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