Public Universities Where Most Students Score 20 - 25 on the ACT

25th Percentile Scores

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When you're considering to which public college or university to apply, sometimes it's helpful to browse through schools who have students scoring similarly on the ACT as you did. If your ACT scores are completely lower or higher than 75% of the students who were accepted to a particular school, perhaps you'd be better off searching for a school where students are more in your range, although exceptions are certainly made all the time.

This is a list of colleges and universities where 75% of the accepted students scored above or at a 20 - 25 composite score on the ACT. What does this mean? The following public schools are accepting students who are scoring about average on the ACT since the current national average is about a 21. If you have scored between 20 - 25 and all your other credentials fit – GPA, extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, etc. – then perhaps one of these public universities would be a good fit. Please keep in mind that this list is for the composite ACT score – you'll see ACT scores a bit lower on particular sections (English, Mathematics, Reading, Science Reasoning), but the composite scores are always between 20 - 25.

**Please note that I did not create an article for the private schools with these scores because there were nearly 400 private schools where 75% of the students scored between a 20 - 25 on the ACT.

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Public Universities Where 75% of Students Score a 20 – 25 on the ACT

Note that these are just the public universities.

If you see a school listed in this article that was also listed in the 25 - 30 public schools list, then you'll know it's because the 25th percentile ACT score for that school happened to be a 25.

  1. Appalachian State University
    Boone, North Carolina
  2. Arizona State University
    Tempe, Arizona
  3. Arkansas State University-Main Campus
    Jonesboro, Arkansas
  4. Auburn University
    Auburn University, Alabama
  5. Auburn University at Montgomery
    Montgomery, Alabama
  6. Bemidji State University
    Bemidji, Minnesota
  7. Boise State University
    Boise, Idaho
  8. Bridgewater State University
    Bridgewater, Massachusetts
  9. California Maritime Academy
    Vallejo, California
  10. California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
    San Luis Obispo, California
  11. California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
    Pomona, California
  12. Central Connecticut State University
    New Britain, Connecticut
  13. Central Michigan University
    Mount Pleasant, Michigan
  14. Christopher Newport University
    Newport News, Virginia
  15. Citadel Military College of South Carolina
    Charleston, South Carolina
  16. Clemson University
    Clemson, South Carolina
  17. College of Charleston
    Charleston, South Carolina
  18. Colorado State University-Fort Collins
    Fort Collins, Colorado
  19. East Carolina University
    Greenville, North Carolina
  20. Emporia State University
    Emporia, Kansas
  1. Florida Atlantic University
    Boca Raton, Florida
  2. Florida Gulf Coast University
    Fort Myers, Florida
  3. Florida International University
    Miami, Florida
  4. Florida State University
    Tallahassee, Florida
  5. Framingham State University
    Framingham, Massachusetts
  6. George Mason University
    Fairfax, Virginia
  7. Georgia College & State University
    Milledgeville, Georgia
  8. Georgia Southern University
    Statesboro, Georgia
  9. Georgia State University
    Atlanta, Georgia
  10. Grand Valley State University
    Allendale, Michigan
  11. Illinois State University
    Normal, Illinois
  12. Indiana University-Bloomington
    Bloomington, Indiana
  13. Iowa State University
    Ames, Iowa
  14. James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
  15. Kennesaw State University
    Kennesaw, Georgia
  16. Kent State University at Kent
    Kent, Ohio
  17. Kirksville Area Technical Center
    Kirksville, Missouri
  18. Lake Superior State University
    Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
  1. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  2. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  3. Louisiana Tech University
    Ruston, Louisiana
  4. Massachusetts College of Art and Design
    Boston, Massachusetts
  5. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
    Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
  6. McNeese State University
    Lake Charles, Louisiana
  7. Miami University-Oxford
    Oxford, Ohio
  8. Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan
  9. Michigan Technological University
    Houghton, Michigan
  10. Minnesota State University Moorhead
    Moorhead, Minnesota
  11. Minnesota State University-Mankato
    Mankato, Minnesota
  12. Minot State University
    Minot, North Dakota
  13. Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State, Mississippi
  14. Missouri State University-Springfield
    Springfield, Missouri
  15. Montana State University
    Bozeman, Montana
  16. Montana Tech of the University of Montana
    Butte, Montana
  17. Morrisville State College
    Morrisville, New York
  18. New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Newark, New Jersey
  19. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    Socorro, New Mexico
  20. North Carolina State University at Raleigh
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  21. North Dakota State University-Main Campus
    Fargo, North Dakota
  22. North Georgia College & State University
    Dahlonega, Georgia
  23. Northern Arizona University
    Flagstaff, Arizona
  24. Northwest Missouri State University
    Maryville, Missouri
  25. Oakland University
    Rochester Hills, Michigan
  26. Ohio University-Main Campus
    Athens, Ohio
  27. Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
  28. Oregon State University
    Corvallis, Oregon
  29. Pearl River Community College
    Poplarville, Mississippi
  1. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
    University Park, Pennsylvania
  2. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
    Altoona, Pennsylvania
  3. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
    Middletown, Pennsylvania
  4. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York
    York, Pennsylvania
  5. Purdue University-Main Campus
    West Lafayette, Indiana
  6. Salisbury University
    Salisbury, Maryland
  7. San Diego State University
    San Diego, California
  8. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
    Rapid City, South Dakota
  9. South Dakota State University
    Brookings, South Dakota
  10. Southeast Missouri State University
    Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  11. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Edwardsville, Illinois
  12. Southern Polytechnic State University
    Marietta, Georgia
  13. Southern Utah University
    Cedar City, Utah
  14. St Mary's College of Maryland
    St. Mary's City, Maryland
  15. State University of New York at New Paltz
    New Paltz, New York
  16. Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, New York
  17. SUNY at Albany
    Albany, New York
  18. SUNY at Fredonia
    Fredonia, New York
  19. SUNY at Purchase College
    Purchase, New York
  20. SUNY College at Brockport
    Brockport, New York
  21. SUNY College at Cortland
    Cortland, New York
  22. SUNY College at Old Westbury
    Old Westbury, New York
  23. SUNY College at Oneonta
    Oneonta, New York
  24. SUNY College at Oswego
    Oswego, New York
  25. SUNY College at Plattsburgh
    Plattsburgh, New York
  26. SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
    Cobleskill, New York
  27. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Syracuse, New York
  28. SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
    Alfred, New York
  29. SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome
    Utica, New York
  1. SUNY Maritime College
    Throggs Neck, New York
  2. Temple University
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. Tennessee Technological University
    Cookeville, Tennessee
  4. Texas A & M University-College Station
    College Station, Texas
  5. Texas A & M University-Galveston
    Galveston, Texas
  6. Texas State University-San Marcos
    San Marcos, Texas
  7. Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, Texas
  8. The College of New Jersey
    Ewing, New Jersey The Evergreen State College
    Olympia, Washington
  9. The University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  10. The University of Montana
    Missoula, Montana
  11. The University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  12. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  13. The University of Texas at Arlington
    Arlington, Texas
  14. The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, Texas
  15. The University of Texas at San Antonio
    San Antonio, Texas
  16. The University of Texas at Tyler
    Tyler, Texas
  17. The University of West Florida
    Pensacola, Florida
  18. Towson University
    Towson, Maryland
  19. Truman State University
    Kirksville, Missouri
  20. United States Coast Guard Academy
    New London, Connecticut
  21. United States Military Academy
    West Point, New York
  22. University at Buffalo
    Buffalo, New York
  23. University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, Alabama
  24. University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Huntsville, Alabama
  25. University of Arizona
    Tucson, Arizona
  26. University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  27. University of California-Davis
    Davis, California
  28. University of California-Irvine
    Irvine, California
  29. University of California-Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California
  30. University of California-San Diego
    La Jolla, California
  31. University of California-Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, California
  32. University of California-Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, California
  33. University of Central Arkansas
    Conway, Arkansas
  34. University of Central Florida
    Orlando, Florida
  35. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  36. University of Colorado Boulder
    Boulder, Colorado
  37. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
  38. University of Colorado Denver
    Denver, Colorado
  39. University of Connecticut-Stamford
    Stamford, Connecticut
  40. University of Connecticut-Tri-Campus
    Waterbury, Connecticut
  41. University of Delaware
    Newark, Delaware
  42. University of Georgia
    Athens, Georgia
  43. University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  44. University of Houston
    Houston, Texas
  45. University of Idaho
    Moscow, Idaho
  46. University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois
  47. University of Illinois at Springfield
    Springfield, Illinois
  48. University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa
  49. University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas
  50. University of Kentucky
    Lexington, Kentucky
  51. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  52. University of Louisiana-Monroe
    Monroe, Louisiana
  53. University of Louisville
    Louisville, Kentucky
  54. University of Maine
    Orono, Maine
  55. University of Mary Washington
    Fredericksburg, Virginia
  56. University of Maryland-Baltimore County
    Baltimore, Maryland
  57. University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, Massachusetts
  58. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  59. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
    Lowell, Massachusetts
  60. University of Memphis
    Memphis, Tennessee
  61. University of Michigan-Dearborn
    Dearborn, Michigan
  62. University of Minnesota-Crookston
    Crookston, Minnesota
  63. University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Duluth, Minnesota
  64. University of Minnesota-Morris
    Morris, Minnesota
  65. University of Minnesota-Rochester
    Rochester, Minnesota
  66. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  67. University of Mississippi
    University, Mississippi
  68. University of Missouri-Columbia
    Columbia, Missouri
  69. University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Kansas City, Missouri
  70. University of Missouri-St Louis
    Saint Louis, Missouri
  71. University of Montevallo
    Montevallo, Alabama
  72. University of Nebraska at Kearney
    Kearney, Nebraska
  73. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Lincoln, Nebraska
  74. University of Nevada-Reno
    Reno, Nevada
  75. University of New Orleans
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  76. University of North Carolina at Asheville
    Asheville, North Carolina
  77. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  78. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  79. University of North Carolina School of the Arts
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  80. University of North Carolina Wilmington
    Wilmington, North Carolina
  81. University of North Dakota
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
  82. University of North Florida
    Jacksonville, Florida
  83. University of North Texas
    Denton, Texas
  84. University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado
  85. University of Northern Iowa
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
  86. University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
    Norman, Oklahoma
  87. University of Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon
  88. University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
    Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  89. University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  90. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  91. University of Rhode Island
    Kingston, Rhode Island
  92. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
    Chickasha, Oklahoma
  93. University of South Alabama
    Mobile, Alabama
  94. University of South Carolina-Columbia
    Columbia, South Carolina
  95. University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, South Dakota
  96. University of South Florida-Main Campus
    Tampa, Florida
  97. University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  98. University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  99. University of Vermont
    Burlington, Vermont
  100. University of Washington-Seattle Campus
    Seattle, Washington
  101. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  102. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
  103. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    La Crosse, Wisconsin
  104. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  105. University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    Platteville, Wisconsin
  106. University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    River Falls, Wisconsin
  107. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
    Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  108. University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Menomonie, Wisconsin
  109. University of Wisconsin-Superior
    Superior, Wisconsin
  110. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Whitewater, Wisconsin
  111. University of Wyoming
    Laramie, Wyoming
  112. Utah State University
    Logan, Utah
  113. Valdosta State University
    Valdosta, Georgia
  114. Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, Virginia
  115. Virginia Military Institute
    Lexington, Virginia
  116. Washington State University
    Pullman, Washington
  117. West Virginia University
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  118. Western Washington University
    Bellingham, Washington
  119. Westfield State University
    Westfield, Massachusetts
  120. Wichita State University
    Wichita, Kansas
  121. Winona State University
    Winona, Minnesota
  122. Winthrop University
    Rock Hill, South Carolina