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
  21. Florida Atlantic University
    Boca Raton, Florida
  22. Florida Gulf Coast University
    Fort Myers, Florida
  23. Florida International University
    Miami, Florida
  24. Florida State University
    Tallahassee, Florida
  25. Framingham State University
    Framingham, Massachusetts
  26. George Mason University
    Fairfax, Virginia
  27. Georgia College & State University
    Milledgeville, Georgia
  28. Georgia Southern University
    Statesboro, Georgia
  29. Georgia State University
    Atlanta, Georgia
  30. Grand Valley State University
    Allendale, Michigan
  31. Illinois State University
    Normal, Illinois
  32. Indiana University-Bloomington
    Bloomington, Indiana
  33. Iowa State University
    Ames, Iowa
  34. James Madison University
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
  35. Kennesaw State University
    Kennesaw, Georgia
  36. Kent State University at Kent
    Kent, Ohio
  37. Kirksville Area Technical Center
    Kirksville, Missouri
  38. Lake Superior State University
    Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
  39. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  40. Louisiana State University-Shreveport
    Shreveport, Louisiana
  41. Louisiana Tech University
    Ruston, Louisiana
  42. Massachusetts College of Art and Design
    Boston, Massachusetts
  43. Massachusetts Maritime Academy
    Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts
  44. McNeese State University
    Lake Charles, Louisiana
  45. Miami University-Oxford
    Oxford, Ohio
  46. Michigan State University
    East Lansing, Michigan
  47. Michigan Technological University
    Houghton, Michigan
  48. Minnesota State University Moorhead
    Moorhead, Minnesota
  49. Minnesota State University-Mankato
    Mankato, Minnesota
  50. Minot State University
    Minot, North Dakota
  51. Mississippi State University
    Mississippi State, Mississippi
  52. Missouri State University-Springfield
    Springfield, Missouri
  53. Montana State University
    Bozeman, Montana
  54. Montana Tech of the University of Montana
    Butte, Montana
  55. Morrisville State College
    Morrisville, New York
  56. New Jersey Institute of Technology
    Newark, New Jersey
  57. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
    Socorro, New Mexico
  58. North Carolina State University at Raleigh
    Raleigh, North Carolina
  59. North Dakota State University-Main Campus
    Fargo, North Dakota
  60. North Georgia College & State University
    Dahlonega, Georgia
  61. Northern Arizona University
    Flagstaff, Arizona
  62. Northwest Missouri State University
    Maryville, Missouri
  63. Oakland University
    Rochester Hills, Michigan
  64. Ohio University-Main Campus
    Athens, Ohio
  65. Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
    Stillwater, Oklahoma
  66. Oregon State University
    Corvallis, Oregon
  67. Pearl River Community College
    Poplarville, Mississippi
  68. Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
    University Park, Pennsylvania
  69. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona
    Altoona, Pennsylvania
  70. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg
    Middletown, Pennsylvania
  71. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York
    York, Pennsylvania
  72. Purdue University-Main Campus
    West Lafayette, Indiana
  73. Salisbury University
    Salisbury, Maryland
  74. San Diego State University
    San Diego, California
  75. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
    Rapid City, South Dakota
  76. South Dakota State University
    Brookings, South Dakota
  77. Southeast Missouri State University
    Cape Girardeau, Missouri
  78. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
    Edwardsville, Illinois
  79. Southern Polytechnic State University
    Marietta, Georgia
  80. Southern Utah University
    Cedar City, Utah
  81. St Mary's College of Maryland
    St. Mary's City, Maryland
  82. State University of New York at New Paltz
    New Paltz, New York
  83. Stony Brook University
    Stony Brook, New York
  84. SUNY at Albany
    Albany, New York
  85. SUNY at Fredonia
    Fredonia, New York
  86. SUNY at Purchase College
    Purchase, New York
  87. SUNY College at Brockport
    Brockport, New York
  88. SUNY College at Cortland
    Cortland, New York
  89. SUNY College at Old Westbury
    Old Westbury, New York
  90. SUNY College at Oneonta
    Oneonta, New York
  91. SUNY College at Oswego
    Oswego, New York
  92. SUNY College at Plattsburgh
    Plattsburgh, New York
  93. SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill
    Cobleskill, New York
  94. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
    Syracuse, New York
  95. SUNY College of Technology at Alfred
    Alfred, New York
  96. SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica-Rome
    Utica, New York
  97. SUNY Maritime College
    Throggs Neck, New York
  98. Temple University
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  99. Tennessee Technological University
    Cookeville, Tennessee
  100. Texas A & M University-College Station
    College Station, Texas
  101. Texas A & M University-Galveston
    Galveston, Texas
  102. Texas State University-San Marcos
    San Marcos, Texas
  103. Texas Tech University
    Lubbock, Texas
  104. The College of New Jersey
    Ewing, New Jersey
    The Evergreen State College
    Olympia, Washington
  105. The University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  106. The University of Montana
    Missoula, Montana
  107. The University of Tennessee
    Knoxville, Tennessee
  108. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    Chattanooga, Tennessee
  109. The University of Texas at Arlington
    Arlington, Texas
  110. The University of Texas at Austin
    Austin, Texas
  111. The University of Texas at San Antonio
    San Antonio, Texas
  112. The University of Texas at Tyler
    Tyler, Texas
  113. The University of West Florida
    Pensacola, Florida
  114. Towson University
    Towson, Maryland
  115. Truman State University
    Kirksville, Missouri
  116. United States Coast Guard Academy
    New London, Connecticut
  117. United States Military Academy
    West Point, New York
  118. University at Buffalo
    Buffalo, New York
  119. University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Birmingham, Alabama
  120. University of Alabama in Huntsville
    Huntsville, Alabama
  121. University of Arizona
    Tucson, Arizona
  122. University of Arkansas
    Fayetteville, Arkansas
  123. University of California-Davis
    Davis, California
  124. University of California-Irvine
    Irvine, California
  125. University of California-Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, California
  126. University of California-San Diego
    La Jolla, California
  127. University of California-Santa Barbara
    Santa Barbara, California
  128. University of California-Santa Cruz
    Santa Cruz, California
  129. University of Central Arkansas
    Conway, Arkansas
  130. University of Central Florida
    Orlando, Florida
  131. University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
    Cincinnati, Ohio
  132. University of Colorado Boulder
    Boulder, Colorado
  133. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    Colorado Springs, Colorado
  134. University of Colorado Denver
    Denver, Colorado
  135. University of Connecticut-Stamford
    Stamford, Connecticut
  136. University of Connecticut-Tri-Campus
    Waterbury, Connecticut
  137. University of Delaware
    Newark, Delaware
  138. University of Georgia
    Athens, Georgia
  139. University of Hawaii at Manoa
    Honolulu, Hawaii
  140. University of Houston
    Houston, Texas
  141. University of Idaho
    Moscow, Idaho
  142. University of Illinois at Chicago
    Chicago, Illinois
  143. University of Illinois at Springfield
    Springfield, Illinois
  144. University of Iowa
    Iowa City, Iowa
  145. University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas
  146. University of Kentucky
    Lexington, Kentucky
  147. University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  148. University of Louisiana-Monroe
    Monroe, Louisiana
  149. University of Louisville
    Louisville, Kentucky
  150. University of Maine
    Orono, Maine
  151. University of Mary Washington
    Fredericksburg, Virginia
  152. University of Maryland-Baltimore County
    Baltimore, Maryland
  153. University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Amherst, Massachusetts
  154. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
  155. University of Massachusetts-Lowell
    Lowell, Massachusetts
  156. University of Memphis
    Memphis, Tennessee
  157. University of Michigan-Dearborn
    Dearborn, Michigan
  158. University of Minnesota-Crookston
    Crookston, Minnesota
  159. University of Minnesota-Duluth
    Duluth, Minnesota
  160. University of Minnesota-Morris
    Morris, Minnesota
  161. University of Minnesota-Rochester
    Rochester, Minnesota
  162. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  163. University of Mississippi
    University, Mississippi
  164. University of Missouri-Columbia
    Columbia, Missouri
  165. University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Kansas City, Missouri
  166. University of Missouri-St Louis
    Saint Louis, Missouri
  167. University of Montevallo
    Montevallo, Alabama
  168. University of Nebraska at Kearney
    Kearney, Nebraska
  169. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
    Lincoln, Nebraska
  170. University of Nevada-Reno
    Reno, Nevada
  171. University of New Orleans
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  172. University of North Carolina at Asheville
    Asheville, North Carolina
  173. University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    Charlotte, North Carolina
  174. University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    Greensboro, North Carolina
  175. University of North Carolina School of the Arts
    Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  176. University of North Carolina Wilmington
    Wilmington, North Carolina
  177. University of North Dakota
    Grand Forks, North Dakota
  178. University of North Florida
    Jacksonville, Florida
  179. University of North Texas
    Denton, Texas
  180. University of Northern Colorado
    Greeley, Colorado
  181. University of Northern Iowa
    Cedar Falls, Iowa
  182. University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
    Norman, Oklahoma
  183. University of Oregon
    Eugene, Oregon
  184. University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg
    Greensburg, Pennsylvania
  185. University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  186. University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  187. University of Rhode Island
    Kingston, Rhode Island
  188. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
    Chickasha, Oklahoma
  189. University of South Alabama
    Mobile, Alabama
  190. University of South Carolina-Columbia
    Columbia, South Carolina
  191. University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, South Dakota
  192. University of South Florida-Main Campus
    Tampa, Florida
  193. University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
    St. Petersburg, Florida
  194. University of Utah
    Salt Lake City, Utah
  195. University of Vermont
    Burlington, Vermont
  196. University of Washington-Seattle Campus
    Seattle, Washington
  197. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
    Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  198. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
  199. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
    La Crosse, Wisconsin
  200. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  201. University of Wisconsin-Platteville
    Platteville, Wisconsin
  202. University of Wisconsin-River Falls
    River Falls, Wisconsin
  203. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
    Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  204. University of Wisconsin-Stout
    Menomonie, Wisconsin
  205. University of Wisconsin-Superior
    Superior, Wisconsin
  206. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
    Whitewater, Wisconsin
  207. University of Wyoming
    Laramie, Wyoming
  208. Utah State University
    Logan, Utah
  209. Valdosta State University
    Valdosta, Georgia
  210. Virginia Commonwealth University
    Richmond, Virginia
  211. Virginia Military Institute
    Lexington, Virginia
  212. Washington State University
    Pullman, Washington
  213. West Virginia University
    Morgantown, West Virginia
  214. Western Washington University
    Bellingham, Washington
  215. Westfield State University
    Westfield, Massachusetts
  216. Wichita State University
    Wichita, Kansas
  217. Winona State University
    Winona, Minnesota
  218. Winthrop University
    Rock Hill, South Carolina