Resources › For Students and Parents ACT Scores for Admission to SUNY A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data Share Flipboard Email Print Hunt Union at SUNY Oneonta. Photo Courtesy of SUNY Oneonta 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 Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. Updated July 22, 2019 If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into one of the four-year SUNY colleges and universities, here's a side-by-side comparison of scores for the middle 50% of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission to one of these public universities in New York State. SUNY ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%) School Composite25% Composite75% English25% English75% Math25% Math75% Albany 22 27 - - - - Alfred State 19 25 18 24 19 26 Binghamton 28 32 - - - - Brockport 20 25 18 24 18 25 Buffalo 24 30 - - - - Buffalo State - - - - - - Cobleskill - - - - - - Cortland 22 25 20 24 20 25 Env. Science/Forestry 23 29 22 27 22 29 Farmingdale 20 24 - - - - Fashion Institute - - - - - - Fredonia 21 27 - - - - Geneseo 24 28 - - - - Maritime College 22 27 - - - - Morrisville 16 20 - - - - New Paltz 24 29 22 27 23 30 Old Westbury - - - - - - Oneonta 21 26 20 25 19 25 Oswego 21 26 - - - - Plattsburgh 21 25 19 25 20 24 Polytechnic 20 28 23 30 25 30 Potsdam - - - - - - Purchase 21 28 22 32 19 26 Stony Brook 26 31 24 33 26 31 Keep in mind that the SAT tends to be much more popular than the ACT in New York State. Nevertheless, either exam is perfectly acceptable. You'll be at no disadvantage using the ACT, and you should use scores from the exam that you prefer. If your ACT scores are below the lower number in the table above, all hope is not lost. 25% of applicants who attend the SUNY school also had numbers in the bottom 25th percentile. Being admitted will be more challenging with a sub-par score, but it is not impossible. Also note that the admissions standards vary considerably from one campus to another. Binghamton University, for example, is highly selective and nearly all admitted students have both grades and standardized test scores that are well above average. Binghamton is one of the top colleges in New York State. Other campuses such as Morrisville and Cobleskill are far less selective. Your Academic Record Matters More than the ACT Realize that ACT scores are just one part of the application. The most important part of your SUNY application will be your academic record. Be sure you have adequate coursework in key academic areas such as a foreign language and math. It's also important to show that you have challenged yourself, so Advanced Placement (AP) classes, IB classes, Honors classes, and dual enrollment classes are all important for helping to demonstrate your college preparedness. Holistic Admissions The SUNY admissions folks will also be looking at non-numeric measures, for the four-year colleges and universities in the SUNY network all have holistic admissions. A strong essay and meaningful extracurricular activities can play an important role in the admissions process. At some campuses, special talents in areas such as sports or music can also help make up for standardized test scores that are less than ideal. Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics Continue Reading Applying to SUNY? How Do Your SAT Scores Measure Up? SUNY Brockport: A Graph of GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission What GPA and SAT/ACT Scores Do You Need for SUNY Oneonta? SUNY Purchase: A Graph of GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission Compare ACT Scores for Admission to the Ivy League Schools Compare SAT Scores for Admission to Washington Colleges and Universities Compare SAT Scores for Ivy League Admissions What GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores Do You Need for SUNY Buffalo State? Compare ACT Scores for the 11 State Universities in Florida How Competitive Is SUNY College at Geneseo's Admissions Process? Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Nebraska Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to New York Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Indiana Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Illinois Colleges and Universities Compare SAT Scores for Admission to Tennessee Colleges and Universities What SAT Scores Do You Need to Get Into the Top Texas Colleges?