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ACT Scores for Admission to Selective Liberal Arts Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

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If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into one of the selective liberal arts colleges 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 highly-ranked 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. You can also check out these other ACT links (or SAT links):

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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%
Bowdoin 30 33 31 35 29 34
Bryn Mawr 26 31 27 33 25 30
Claremont McKenna 29 32 28 33 28 33
Colby 28 32 28 33 27 32
Colgate 30 32 30 34 28 33
College of the Holy Cross Test-Optional Admissions
Davidson 29 33 - - - -
Denison 27 30 - - - -
Dickinson 27 30 - - - -
Gettysburg 27 29 - - - -
Hamilton 28 32 - - - -
Kenyon 28 32 29 34 26 32
Lafayette 26 31 - - - -
Macalester 28 32 29 34 27 32
Oberlin 28 32 - - - -
Reed 29 33 - - - -
Vassar 30 33 - - - -
Washington and Lee 29 32 29 34 28 32
Whitman 29 32 - - - -
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