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ACT Scores for Admission to Top Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of ACT Scores for Top Liberal Arts Colleges

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If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into an one of the country's top liberal arts colleges, here's a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these liberal arts colleges.

Realize, of course, that ACT scores are just one part of the application. It's possible to have perfect 36s for each ACT subject and still get rejected if other parts of your application are weak. Similarly, some students with scores significantly below the ranges listed here gain admission because they demonstrate other strengths.

To see a full profile of each college, click on the names in the chart below. Also be sure to check out these other ACT links (or SAT links):

ACT Comparison Charts: the Ivy League | top universities | top liberal arts colleges | more top liberal arts | top public universities | top public liberal arts colleges | University of California campuses | Cal State campuses | SUNY campuses | More ACT charts

data from National Center for Educational Statistics

Top College ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(learn what these numbers mean)

ACT Scores
Composite English Math
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Amherst 30 34 31 35 29 34
Carleton 29 33 - - - -
Grinnell 28 32 28 34 26 33
Haverford 30 33 30 33 30 33
Middlebury 30 33 - - - -
Pomona 31 34 31 35 31 35
Swarthmore 30 34 31 35 29 34
Wellesley 29 32 - - - -
Wesleyan 30 33 30 35 28 33
Williams 29 34 - - - -
View the SAT version of this table

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