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ACT Score Comparison for Top Universities

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

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(Note: scores for the Ivy League are addressed in a separate article)

If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into one of the top private universities in the United States, 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 top 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 university, click on the names in the chart below. You can also 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 University ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(learn what these numbers mean)

ACT Scores
Composite English Math
25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Carnegie Mellon 29 33 29 34 29 34
Duke 30 34 30 35 29 35
Emory 30 33 - - - -
Georgetown 30 33 30 35 28 33
Johns Hopkins 29 33 29 35 29 35
Northwestern 31 33 32 35 30 35
Notre Dame 32 34 - - - -
Rice 30 34 31 35 29 35
Stanford 30 34 30 35 30 35
University of Chicago 31 34 31 35 30 34
Vanderbilt 31 34 31 35 30 34
Washington University 32 34 32 35 32 35
View the SAT version of this table

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