ACT Scores for Admission to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for 11 Division I Schools

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is made up of 11 private colleges and universities. Many member institutions are affiliated with the Catholic church. Admissions standards vary considerably. The side-by-side comparison table below shows ACT scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, then at least that part of your application is in line for admission to one of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference universities.


Metro Atlantic SAT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
Canisius College2228----see graph
Fairfield UniversityTest-Optional Admissionssee graph
Iona College2025----see graph
Manhattan College232822282127see graph
Marist CollegeTest-Optional Admissionssee graph
Monmouth University2125----see graph
Niagara University212519241925-
Quinnipiac University222721272227see graph
Rider University192418241825see graph
Saint Peter's College1623-----
Siena College------see graph
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First off, realize that these colleges and universities are all in the northeastern United States where the SAT is much more popular than the ACT, so these ACT numbers represent just a small percentage of applicants.

If your ACT scores are slightly below the lower numbers above, don't lose hope.

A quarter of all admitted students are in the same situation, so you still have a shot at being admitted.

It's also important to put ACT (and SAT) scores in perspective. While ACT scores can be a significant piece of the admissions equation, it is just a single piece. All of the Metro Atlantic colleges and universities have holistic admissions, so non numerical measures will also play an important role in the admissions decision.

An engaging and intelligent admissions essay, meaningful extracurricular activities, and glowing letters of recommendation can all play a meaningful role in the admissions process.

Most important of all is a strong academic record. Study after study consistently shows that your high school grades are a better predictor of college success than ACT scores. The Metro Atlantic colleges will be looking for solid grades in college preparatory classes in core subjects such as math, science, English, history, and foreign languages. The successful completion of AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, and Honors courses can all strengthen your application significantly, for they show that you are capable of college-level work.

To learn more about the members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, be sure to click on the school names in the table above. You'll be taken to a profile that includes SAT/ACT data, the acceptance rate, tuition, financial aid info, and retention and graduation rates. If you click on the "see graph" link, you'll be taken to an article that presents GPA, SAT and ACT data for applicants who were accepted, rejected, and wait listed. The graphs can be a useful tool for determining whether a school is a match, reach, or safety.

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Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics