ACT Scores for Admission to State Universities in Florida

Learn What It Takes to Get into Florida's Public Universities

College Hall at New College of Florida
College Hall at New College of Florida. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

If you're curious how your ACT scores compare with other applicants, check out the table below. It shows ACT scores for admission to the 11 four-year public colleges and universities in the State University System of Florida. The table presents 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 public institutions.

ACT Score Comparison for Florida Public Universities (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)

Reading 25% Reading 75% Math 25% Math 75% Writing 25% Writing 75%
University of Central Florida 24 29 23 30 22 27
Florida A&M 18 22 16 22 17 22
Florida Atlantic University 21 26 20 25 19 25
Florida Gulf Coast University 21 25 21 26 20 25
Florida International University 22 27 21 27 21 25
Florida State University 26 30 25 30 24 28
New College of Florida 25 30 25 33 23 28
University of North Florida 21 26 21 26 19 25
University of South Florida 24 29 23 30 23 27
University of Florida 28 32 27 34 26 31
University of West Florida 22 27 22 27 21 26

View the SAT version of this table

Realize, of course, that ACT scores aren't the only part of your application. If you perform better on the SAT than the ACT, use those scores. Also, your academic record is the most important part of your application (learn about the features of a strong academic record). Success in AP, IB, duel enrollment, and honors courses can increase your chances. Some of the schools in the table above will also want to see a winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation. New College of Florida, for example, uses the Common Application and has holistic admissions.

That said, ACT and SAT scores do carry a lot of weight in the admissions equation for Florida's public institutions. If your score is below the range above, you should consider the school to be a reach. This doesn't mean you can't get in (25% of admitted students have an ACT score below the lower number above), but you should definitely make sure you are applying to other schools that are matches and safeties.

If you'd like to see a profile for any of the schools listed here, just click on their names in the chart. These profiles have a lot of helpful information for prospective students: admissions, enrollment numbers, graduation rates, popular athletics and majors, financial aid, and more!

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Data from the National Center for Education Statistics

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