If you are planning to apply to the Ivy League schools, you should know the average ACT scores.
Though one test score does not define you during the application process, it is helpful to know what scores enrolled students received so you can see if you are in the ballpark of an acceptable score to get into the college of your choice.
If you have not yet taken the ACT, you’ll find out how high you should score if you want a good chance of getting accepted into an Ivy League school. If you have already taken the test, you can compare your score and decide whether it will help or hurt you during the admissions process.
Either way, take a look at the typical ACT scores for students enrolled in the Ivy League both this year and last year. These scores generally represent the middle 50% of the entering class, unless otherwise noted below.
|Class of 2015||Class of 2016|
|Harvard University *||N/A||N/A|
|University of Pennsylvania||31-34||30-34|
* We were not able to find up-to-date statistics from Harvard on the average ACT scores of its students. If you have this data, please let us know so we can add it.
Further data is below, based on students who opted to take and enter ACT scores each year.
Class of 2015: More than 36 percent of students scored in the range of 33 to 36.
Class of 2016: 39.6 percent of students scored between 29 and 32.
Class of 2015: 77 percent of admitted students scored within the ranges of 32 to 36. The middle 50 percent of students scored between 32 and 35.
Class of 2016: 76 percent of admitted students scored within the ranges of 32 to 36. The middle 50 percent of students scored between 32 and 35.
Class of 2015: While only 36 percent of enrolling students submitted ACT scores, the middle 50 percent of freshmen had ACT scores between 29 and 33. The average composite score was 31.
Class of 2016: While only 37.2 percent of enrolling students submitted ACT scores, the middle 50 percent of freshmen scored a 32 on the ACT. The average composite score was 31.
Class of 2015: The median ACT score was 33.
Class of 2016: The average ACT score was 32.5.
Class of 2015: The middle 50 percent of students scored between 31 and 34.
Class of 2016: The average ACT scores fell between 31 and 35.
University of Pennsylvania
Class of 2015: The middle 50 percent of students had ACT scores between 31 and 34.
Class of 2016: The middle 50 percent of students scored between 30 and 34 on the ACT.
Class of 2015: 70 percent of enrolled students who submitted ACT scores scored in the range of 31 to 34.
Class of 2016: 75.3 percent of enrolled students who submitted ACT scores earned scores between 30 and 34.
Remember that neither ACT scores nor any other numbers will necessarily make or break your chances of admission. In addition, average ACT scores are just that — an average. They are not the minimum scores you need to get accepted to the college of your choice, so don’t worry if your ACT scores do not exactly meet the average numbers.
Many other elements go into college applications, including grades, extracurricular activities and your personal essay. A standardized test score is just one way to make your application shine!
Also, most schools will accept both SAT and ACT scores, so if you are taking both tests, the score you submit is up to you.