ACT Scores for Admission to Four-Year Mississippi Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi - USM
University of Southern Mississippi - USM. hattiesburgmemory / Flickr

Mississippi colleges range widely in size and personality. Prospective students can choose from public universities, private colleges, historically black colleges, and church-affiliated schools. The bar for admission isn't overly high at most schools, but selectivity does vary quite a bit. The table below can help you figure out if your ACT scores are on target for admission to your top choice Mississippi colleges. The table shows ACT scores for the middle 50% of matriculated students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're in a good position for admission. If your scores are a little below the bottom number, Keep in mind that 25% of enrolled students have scores below those listed.

Be sure to keep the ACT in perspective and don't lose sleep over it. A strong academic record typically carries more weight than standardized test scores. Also, some of the more selective schools on the list will look at non-numerical information and want to see a strong essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. Factors such as legacy status and demonstrated interest can also make a difference.

Note that the ACT is much more popular than the SAT in Mississippi, but all the schools will accept either exam.

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ACT Scores for Mississippi Colleges (mid 50%)

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Composite
25%
Composite
75%
English
25%
English
75%
Math 25% Math 75%
Alcorn State University 16 21 16 22 16 20
Belhaven University
Blue Mountain College 18 24 17 24 17 24
Delta State University 19 25 19 26 17 24
Jackson State University 17 21 16 22 16 20
Millsaps College 23 28 23 30 21 27
Mississippi College 21 28 22 30 19 26
Mississippi State University 21 28 21 30 19 27
Mississippi University for Women 18 24 18 26 16 22
Mississippi Valley State University 15 19 14 19 16 18
Rust College 13 17 11 16 15 16
Tougaloo College 16 24 15 24 16 24
University of Mississippi 22 29 22 31 21 27
University of Southern Mississippi 20 26 20 27 17 24
William Carey University 21 27 20 29 18 25

data from the National Center for Educational Statistics
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