Is 860 a good SAT score?

If you got a 860 SAT score, you're probably wondering how you compare to other students, and whether a 860 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.

860 SAT Score Standings

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

  • score-percent Percentile: 17th

    Out of the 2.13 million test-takers, 1757691 scored the same or higher than you.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 20 Schools

    You can apply to 20 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 1476 Schools

    You have a very low chance of getting into 1476 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 860 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 461 more schools in the country
  • raise your chances of getting into target schools from 1.06% to 25.44%
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Other Schools For You

What schools can you get into with an SAT score of 860?

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

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX 1100 20
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1025 22
California State University Northridge Northridge, CA 1000 19
California State University Fresno Fresno, CA 1000 19
California State University Bakersfield Bakersfield, CA 1000 19
Kean University Union, NJ 975 19
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Cobleskill, NY 960 20

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average SAT scores that are close to a 860. 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
Lincoln University Jefferson City, MO 872 17
Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, MA 870 15
Bethune-Cookman University Daytona Beach, FL 864 17
Alabama State University Montgomery, AL 862 17
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC 860 17
Bennett College Greensboro, NC 855 16
University of Louisiana at Monroe Monroe, LA 840 23

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a 860 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
Central State University Wilberforce, OH 820 14
Medgar Evers College (City University of New York) Brooklyn, NY 820 14
Chowan University Murfreesboro, NC 813 16
Cabrini College Radnor, PA 810 21
Livingstone College Salisbury, NC 810 15
Rust College Holly Springs, MS 810 15
Lane College Jackson, TN 780 15


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