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ACT Scores for Admission to Top Public Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Top Public University Admissions Data

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Your ACT scores can be an important part of your public university application. This article presents a side-by-side comparison of ACT scores for the country's top public universities. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these public universities.

ACT scores, of course, are just one part of the application. It's possible to have scores above the averages presented here 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.

Also, if you are an out-of-state applicant, you may need to have scores significantly higher than those shown here. Most public universities give preference to in-state applicants.

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

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Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics

Top Public University ACT Scores (mid 50%)
(learn what these numbers mean)

ACT Scores
Composite English Math
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
College of William and Mary 28 32 28 34 27 32
Georgia Tech 27 32 27 32 28 33
UC Berkeley 27 32 26 33 27 34
UCLA 25 31 25 32 26 33
UC San Diego 25 31 24 31 26 33
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign 26 31 26 32 26 33
University of Michigan 29 33 29 34 28 34
UNC Chapel Hill 27 31 26 33 26 32
University of Virginia 28 32 28 34 27 33
University of Wisconsin 26 30 26 32 26 31
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