ACT Scores for Admission to Top Virginia Colleges

A Side-by-Side Comparison of College Admissions Data for 17 Top Schools

Thornton Hall at the University of Virginia. Photo Credit: Allen Grove

Learn if your ACT scores are what you need to get into one of the top Virginia colleges or universities. The side-by-side comparison table below shows scores for the middle 50 percent of enrolled students. If your scores fall within or above these ranges, you're on target for admission.

Virginia Colleges ACT Score Comparison (mid 50%)
(Learn what these numbers mean)
 ACT Scores
Christopher Newport UniversityTest-Optional
George Mason University243024312328
Hampden-Sydney College212720272026
Hollins University2328----
James Madison University2328----
Longwood University1823----
University of Mary Washington222719262128
Randolph College192517251725
Randolph-Macon College212721272230
University of Richmond2932----
Roanoke College222721282025
Sweet Briar College202820301826
University of Virginia293330352833
Virginia Military Institute232822282327
Virginia Tech253024312530
Washington and Lee University313331352833
College of William and Mary293330352732
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All of the colleges and universities in the table are selective, and some such as the University of Virginia, Washington and Lee University, and College of William and Mary are highly selective. To be competitive in the admissions process, you'll want ACT scores that are above the lower numbers in the table. That said, lower scores don't preclude you from admission. 25 percent of all admitted students scored at or below the lower number.

The most important piece of your application is going to be your academic record. The admissions folks will want to see that you have challenged yourself academically. Success in AP, IB, Honors, and dual enrollment classes can help make up for less-than-ideal ACT scores.

The colleges and universities in the table will also look at some non-numerical factors. A winning essay, meaningful extracurricular activities and good letters of recommendation can all strengthen an application.

Selective colleges don't just want students who can succeed in the classroom; they also want students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways.

Data from the National Center for Education Statistics