ACT Scores for Public Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of ACT Scores for Highly Ranked Public Universities

Murphree Hall at the University of Florida
Murphree Hall at the University of Florida. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

This article compares the ACT scores of accepted students for 22 highly ranked public universities. If your scores fall within or above the range in the table below, you're on target for admission to one of these great public universities. Also check out the ACT comparison chart for the top 10 public universities.

Top Public University ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
Binghamton2831----see graph
Clemson263126332530see graph
Connecticut263126302531see graph
Delaware222922282228see graph
Florida273125322530see graph
Georgia263126332530see graph
Indiana243023312429see graph
James Madison2227----see graph
Maryland293328342733see graph
Minnesota263125322531see graph
Ohio State273126332732see graph
Penn State252924302530see graph
Pitt273226332631see graph
Purdue253124322632see graph
Rutgers------see graph
Texas263225332633see graph
Texas A&M243023302429see graph
UC Davis253124322431see graph
UC Irvine243023312531see graph
UCSB273226332632see graph
Virginia Tech------see graph
Washington263224332632see graph
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The "see graph" link to the right of the table will take you to a chart that explores the GPAs and SAT/ACT scores of students who were admitted, rejected, and waitlisted at each school. You might see some students with high test scores who were not admitted to the school; there may be students with low test scores who, on the other hand, were admitted. 

ACT scores, of course, are just one part of the application. It's possible to have scores above the averages presented here 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.

Also, if you are an out-of-state applicant, you may need to have scores significantly higher than those shown here. Most public universities give preference to in-state applicants.

To see a full profile of each college including acceptance rates and financial aid information, click on the names in the table above.

You can also check out these other ACT charts (or SAT charts):

ACT Comparison Charts: the Ivy League | top universities | top liberal arts colleges | more top liberal arts | top public universities | top public liberal arts colleges | University of California campuses | Cal State campuses | SUNY campuses | more ACT charts

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