Resources › For Students and Parents ACT Scores for Admission to the Big Ten A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data Share Flipboard Email Print Big Ten schools. Frances Twitty / Getty Images 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 you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into one of the Big Ten 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 universities. Realize, of course, that ACT scores are just one part of the application. The Big Ten admissions officers will also be looking for a strong high school record and meaningful extracurricular activities. Big Ten ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)(Learn what these numbers mean) Composite 25% Composite 75% English 25% English 75% Math 25% Math 75% Illinois 26 32 25 33 25 33 Indiana 25 31 24 32 24 30 Iowa 23 28 22 29 22 28 Maryland 29 33 29 35 28 33 Michigan 30 33 30 35 28 34 Michigan State 23 28 22 29 23 28 Minnesota 26 31 25 32 26 31 Nebraska 22 29 21 29 21 28 Northwestern 32 34 32 34 32 34 Ohio State 27 31 27 33 27 32 Penn State 25 30 25 31 25 30 Purdue 25 31 24 32 26 32 Wisconsin 27 31 26 33 26 31 View the SAT version of this table *Note: Rutgers is not included in this table because the university did not report its data. Ideally your scores will be above the lower numbers in the table, but don't give up hope if they are not. 25 percent of students had scores at or below the lower number. That said, if your scores are on the low end of the scale, you'll want to make sure that other parts of your application truly shine. The most important piece of your university application is your high school record. The admissions personnel at all of the Big Ten universities will want to see that you have challenged yourself in high school. High grades in core subjects are essential. Better yet are high grades in challenging AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes. Success in these courses is the best way you can demonstrate your college readiness. Each university will have slightly different admissions criteria, but non-numerical measures will also be important. The schools will want to see meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities, and better yet will be demonstration of leadership in your extracurriculars. Most schools will also want to see a winning application essay and glowing letters of recommendation. If your grades and test scores are too far below the norm, these holistic measures won't be enough, but they can make a significant difference with borderline applicants. Data from National Center for Education Statistics SAT Score Comparison for the 14 Big Ten Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Minnesota Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to New York Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Tennessee Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for the 14 Southeastern Conference Universities What ACT Scores Get You into Michigan's Top 13 Colleges? Compare ACT Scores for Admissions to the Big East Conference Schools Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Washington Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to Pennsylvania Colleges and Universities Compare ACT Scores for Public Universities in North Carolina SAT Scores for the Big 12 Conference Schools What It Really Takes to Get Into the Southeastern Conference Universities Compare ACT Scores for Admission to the 23 Cal State Universities What Kinds of SAT Scores Get You Into the Top 10 Engineering Schools? Compare SAT Scores for Admission to the 23 Cal State Universities What SAT Scores Will You Need for 22 of the Nation's Best Public Universities?