ACT Score Comparison for Top New York State Colleges and Universities

A Side-by-Side Comparison of ACT Score College Admissions Data

Stern School of Business at NYU
Stern School of Business at NYU. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Although the SAT is more popular than the ACT in New York State, all of the colleges below will accept either exam. The side-by-side comparison table shows ACT 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 top New York colleges and universities. Keep in mind that 25% of accepted students have scores below the lower number.

Top New York Colleges ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 ACT ScoresGPA-SAT-ACT
Admissions
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Bard Collegetest-optional admissionssee graph
Barnard293231352631see graph
Binghamton2731----see graph
Colgate3033    see graph
Columbia313532353035see graph
Cooper Union------see graph
Cornell3034----see graph
Fordham University273127332630see graph
Hamilton------see graph
Ithaca Collegetest-optional admissionssee graph
NYU2932----see graph
RPI2832----see graph
Rochestertest-flexible admissionssee graph
St. Lawrence Universitytest-optional admissionssee graph
Sarah Lawrence Collegetest-optional admissionssee graph
Skidmore College263026322429see graph
SUNY Geneseo2529----see graph
Syracuse University242924302429see graph
Vassar303331342733see graph
West Point263126332631see graph
Yeshiva University242924312328see graph
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All of the schools above have selective admissions, and to get in, you're going to need to have an academic record that is well above average. Several schools, however, have test-optional admissions, so low ACT scores will not impact your admission chances. The University of Rochester has test-flexible admissions, so you can use AP, IB, SAT Subject Test, and other exams in place of the SAT and ACT.

It's also important to remember that all of these colleges and universities have holistic admissions, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numerical data such as ACT scores. Thus, a strong academic record, a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation can help make up for sub-par ACT scores are most of these colleges. That said, standardized tests are important at most of these schools, so a low score will certainly hurt your chances of admission.

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ACT Score Comparison Tables for Other States:

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Data from the National Center for Educational Statistics