Resources › For Students and Parents ACT Score Comparison for Top Universities A Side-by-Side Comparison of Top University Admissions Data Share Flipboard Email Print Stanford University. (Daniel Hartwig/Flickr) For Students and Parents Test Prep ACT Test Prep Test Prep Strategies Test Registration Study Skills SAT Test Prep GRE Test Prep LSAT Test Prep Certifications Homework Help Private School College Admissions College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated February 21, 2020 If you're wondering if your scores from the ACT can help get into one of the top private universities in the United States, check out the chart below! Here you'll see a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students at these twelve schools. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these top colleges. Top University ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%) Composite 25% Composite 75% English 25% English 75% Math 25% Math 75% 25% 75% 25% 75% 25% 75% Carnegie Mellon 32 35 32 35 32 35 Duke 31 35 32 35 30 35 Emory 30 33 - - - - Georgetown 30 34 31 35 28 34 Johns Hopkins 33 35 33 35 31 35 Northwestern 32 34 32 34 32 34 Notre Dame 32 34 - - - - Rice 33 35 33 35 31 35 Stanford 32 35 33 36 30 35 University of Chicago 32 35 33 35 31 35 Vanderbilt 32 35 33 35 30 35 Washington University 32 34 33 35 31 35 View the SAT version of this table Note that a comparison of ACT data for the 8 Ivy League schools is covered in a separate article. If you click on a school's name in the left column, you can get more admissions data including a graph of GPA, SAT, and ACT data for admitted, rejected, and waitlisted students. There, you might see some students with ACT scores above average who didn't get admitted, and/or students with low ACT scores that were admitted. Since these schools generally practice holistic admissions, grades and ACT (and SAT) scores are not the only factors schools look at. With holistic admissions, ACT scores are just one part of the application process. 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. Schools on this list also look at academic history and records, strong writing skills, a range of extracurricular activities, and good letters of recommendation. So if your scores don't quite meet these ranges, don't worry—but do make sure you have a strong application to support you. Data from National Center for Education Statistics Compare ACT Scores for Top Liberal Arts Colleges What Kind of ACT Scores Do You Need to Get Into the Top US Public Universities? You'll Need These SAT Scores for Admission to Top Universities What ACT Scores Will You Need to Get Into Selective Liberal Arts Colleges? Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Georgia Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Florida's Colleges and Universities Compare SAT Admissions Data for Top Women's Colleges Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Illinois Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Alabama Colleges and Universities A Side-by-Side Comparison of SAT Scores for Top Public Universities Compare ACT Scores for 22 Selective Public Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Kentucky Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to the Ivy League Schools What ACT Scores Get You Into Each of the UC Schools? Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Indiana Colleges and Universities SAT and ACT Scores for the Top Public Liberal Arts Colleges?