ACT Scores for Ivy League Admissions

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Ivy League Admissions Data

Low Library at Columbia
Low Library at Columbia. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into an Ivy League school, 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 the Ivy League. Keep in mind that these schools are so competitive that being within the ranges below is no guarantee of admission.

Ivy League ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
Brown313432352934see graph
Columbia313532353035see graph
Cornell3034----see graph
Dartmouth3034----see graph
Harvard323533353135see graph
Princeton323532353135see graph
U Penn313432353035see graph
Yale3135----see graph
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You can click on a school's name to see the admissions profile with more information such as the acceptance rate, costs, typical financial aid, graduation rates, and so on. The "see graph" link will take you to a graph that shows the GPA, SAT and ACT data for students who were accepted, rejected, and waitlisted from the school. The graph is a useful visual tool for seeing where you fit in among typical admitted students.

Be sure to keep in mind that 25% of applicants score below the lower numbers above, so if you have impressive strengths in other areas, a less-than-ideal ACT score isn't necessarily the end of the road for your Ivy League chances. At all of the country's top colleges and universities, standardized test scores are just one part of the application. Most important is a strong academic record with lots of AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, and/or Honors Classes. Also important is a winning admissions essay, positive letters of recommendation, a strong interview, and meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities.

At many top schools, demonstrated interest and legacy status can also play a small roll in the final admissions decision.

Finally, because the Ivy League schools are so selective, it's important to never be complacent about your chances of getting in. It's possible to have a strong academic record and perfect 36s for each ACT subject and still get rejected if other parts of your application fail to impress the admissions folks.

The Ivy League schools should always be considered reach schools, not match schools.

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ACT Tables by State: AL | AK | AZ | AR | CA | CO | CT | DE | DC | FL | GA | HI | ID | IL | IN | IA | KS | KY | 
LA | ME | MD | MA | MI | MN | MS | MO | MT | NE | NV | NH | NJ | NM | NY | NC | ND | OH | 
OK | OR | PA | RI | SC | SD | TN | TX | UT | VT | VA | WA | WV | WI | WY

Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics