A college’s average ACT scores don’t represent all it takes to get accepted, but they can give you a good idea of how your scores stack up against those of other applicants.
We’ve put together a list of great colleges from across the country, both small schools and large universities, from the North to the Midwest to the South, and gathered the ACT scores of their recently admitted classes of 2016.
The ACT is comprised of four sections – English, math, science and reading comprehension – as well as an optional essay. The highest possible composite score is 36. The final ACT score comes from averaging a student’s performance on each of the four sections, which are also graded on a scale up to 36.
The middle 50% of Boston College’s class of 2016 received ACT scores between 29 and 32.
Median scores for this liberal arts campus’s freshman class ranged from 31 to 33.
Carnegie Mellon University
The average ACT score for a freshman at this Pennsylvania school was 31.
The freshman class at the North Carolina liberal arts school scored, on average, between 29 and 32 on the ACT.
On this Georgia campus, the class of 2016 boasts average ACT scores between 30 and 33.
Average ACT scores for this liberal arts college ranged from 28 to 32.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The class of 2016 at MIT averaged between 32 and 35 on their ACTs, with an average English score from 32 to 35 and an average math score from 34 to 36.
The newest freshman class at this Texas school has average composite ACT scores between 32 and 35.
University of Notre Dame
The large Indiana campus’s class of 2016 scored, on average, between 31 and 34 on the ACT.
Vassar’s most recent incoming class had an average ACT score of 30.7, with a middle 50% range between 31 and 33.
If you’re preparing to take or retake the ACT, these average scores should give you a range to aim for when you’re applying to these or similar schools.
If your ACT scores aren’t quite up to par with the averages of the schools you want to attend, don’t worry. Many elements go into your college application, including your essay, transcript, references and activities – there are several different ways for an application to shine! A school’s average ACT scores are just one of many factors for you to consider when selecting a school, as well.