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ACT Scores at Top Schools

ChartThe SAT may still be the most widely recognized test in the country, but it’s no longer the most accepted, or the most popular among student test takers.

As of 2012, all four-year universities will now accept the ACT as your only test score in your application. That same year, the total number of students who took the ACT outnumbered those who took the SAT – a trend that has continued up until today.

A college’s preferred test used to be based on geography: the West and Northeast had more students who took the SAT, while the average student in the South and Midwest took the ACT. Now students all over the country are taking the test that best shows off their skills – and sometimes they take both!

Check out the average ACT scores at some of the top schools around the country:

Colleges and Universities

Average ACT Score

(Middle 50%)

California Institute of Technology


Massachusetts Institute of Technology


University of Notre Dame


Washington University in St. Louis


Amherst College


Duke University


Rice University


Bowdoin College


Carleton College


Emory University


Georgetown University


Northwestern University


Stanford University


Vanderbilt University


Williams College


Middlebury College


Johns Hopkins University


University of Chicago


Carnegie Mellon University


Davidson College


Wellesley College


Swarthmore College


University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill


University of California – Los Angeles


University of California – Berkeley


Average ACT Scores in the News

As the ACT becomes more popular, people are starting to take notice.

In the college rankings for 2012, US News and World Report factored both the average ACT scores and SAT scores for admitted students into their selectivity rankings.

The ACT continues to be on the rise, so consider taking a practice test and seeing if it’s the right fit for you. If you shoot for these average ACT score ranges, you’ll be on your way to a solid application for any top college.

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Average ACT Scores at Ivy League Schools

Average SAT Scores for 25 Top Schools

Average SAT Scores at Ivy League Schools

4 Responses to “ACT Scores at Top Schools”

  1. Emily Says:

    I just took the ACTs and used AcceptEdge to match my results with potential colleges. It also takes into account GPAs and other parts of your academic profile.

  2. Shennan Says:

    According to those numbers, that would put me below average!

  3. Anne Says:

    Averages are meaningless. You need to look at the scores required by the department you want to join. Engineering programs, for example, usually require higher scores than most other programs in a school.

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