ACT Scores for Admission to the Southeastern Conference

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data

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Southeastern Conference ACT scores. Thomas Barwick / Getty Images

If you're wondering if you have the ACT scores you'll need to get into one of the Southeastern Conference 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 SEC admissions officers will also be looking for a strong high school record and meaningful extracurricular activities.

Data from National Center for Educational Statistics.

Southeastern Conference ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

Alabama233123332229see graph
Arkansas232922272330see graph
Auburn243025322328see graph
Florida273125322530see graph
Georgia263126332530see graph
Kentucky222922302228see graph
LSU232823302227see graph
Mississippi State212821301927see graph
Missouri232923302227see graph
Ole Miss222922312127see graph
South Carolina253023302328see graph
Tennessee243024312328see graph
Texas A&M243023302429see graph
Vanderbilt323532353035see graph
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If your ACT scores are a little below the lower numbers above, don't lose hope. Keep in mind that 25% of matriculated students had scores below the lower number. When your scores are on the low end, however, you'll need to have other strengths to make up for the less-than-idea SAT numbers.


In general, the SEC schools are relatively selective, and successful applicants tend to have grades and standardized test scores that are at least average, and many admitted students have "A" averages and standardized test scores that are well above average. Vanderbilt University is certainly not the strongest school for athletics in the conference, but it is by far the most academically rigorous.