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ACT Score Comparison for Admission to California Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of ACT Admissions Data for 32 California Colleges

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What ACT scores do you need to get into one of the top California colleges or universities? This side-by-side comparison of scores shows 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 California colleges.

Realize, of course, that ACT scores are just one part of the application. The admissions officers in California will also want to see a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation.

California is an SAT-heavy state, so some schools have such a small percentage of ACT test-takers that they do not report the average scores.

You can also check out these other ACT 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 the National Center for Educational Statistics

Top California Colleges ACT Scores (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
  Composite English Math
  25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75%
Berkeley 27 33 27 34 27 34
California Lutheran 22 27 25 29 22 27
Cal Poly 25 29 24 30 26 31
Caltech 33 35 33 35 34 36
Chapman University 25 29 25 31 24 29
Claremont McKenna 29 32 29 34 28 32
Harvey Mudd 33 35 32 35 34 36
Loyola Marymount University 24 29 24 30 24 28
Mills College 23 27 - - - -
Occidental 28 32 28 33 26 32
Pepperdine - - - - - -
Pitzer College - - - - - -
Point Loma Nazarene 23 28 22 25 22 27
Pomona 29 34 30 34 29 34
Saint Mary's College 22 27 21 27 21 26
Santa Clara University 27 31 25 31 26 31
Scripps 28 32 26 31 29 34
Soka University 24 28 - - - -
Stanford 31 34 32 35 31 35
Thomas Aquinas College 25 29 25 33 23 29
UC Davis 23 30 22 30 24 31
UC Irvine 21 27 21 28 23 29
UCLA 25 31 25 32 26 33
UCSD 23 30 22 30 25 32
UCSB 24 30 23 30 24 30
UC Santa Cruz 21 27 21 27 22 27
University of the Pacific 23 29 23 30 24 31
University of the Redlands 22 27 - - - -
USD 25 30 25 31 25 30
USF 22 27 22 28 23 27
USC 29 33 29 34 28 34
Westmont College 24 29 24 31 23 29
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