Colleges with the Highest Average ACT Scores

The ACT is a four-subject test in math, reading, English, and science with a supplemental 30-minute writing test that is accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the United States as a measure of college entry.

With over 200 multiple-choice questions, the ACT takes about 3 and a half hours to complete, including the writing section and a quick break. To prepare for the test, students enroll in prep classes, hire private tutors, and purchase monstrous test-prep tomes so that they can earn a good score and hopefully be accepted into the college of their choice.  That said, some students go into the test without much prep at all. But, it’s probably wise to at least familiarize yourself with how the test will look before you get there and spend 3 hours freaking out at what’s in front of you.

Why do students waste a perfectly good Saturday afternoon on a never-ending test? Well, the test is often a heavily weighted factor in whether you’ll be accepted to a school or not. Most 4-year universities and colleges require either the ACT and SAT. And some of those schools what to see super high scores.

Here are the colleges and universities whose students have the highest average ACT score:

California Institute of Technology 
Average ACT score: 34

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Average ACT score: 33

Harvey Mudd College
Average ACT score: 33

Washington University in St Louis
Average ACT score:  32

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Average ACT score: 32

Northwestern University
Average ACT score: 31

University of Notre Dame
Average ACT score: 31

Pomona College
Average ACT score: 31

Stanford University
Average ACT score: 31

Harvard University
Average ACT score: 31

Princeton University
Average ACT score: 31

Columbia University in the City of New York
Average ACT score: 31

Vanderbilt University
Average ACT score: 30

University of Chicago
Average ACT score: 30

Rice University
Average ACT score: 30

Duke University
Average ACT score: 30

Middlebury College
Average ACT score: 30

Reed College
Average ACT score: 30

University of Pennsylvania
Average ACT score: 30

Amherst College
Average ACT score: 30

Bowdoin College
Average ACT score: 30

Yale University
Average ACT score: 30

Williams College
Average ACT score: 30

Tufts University
Average ACT score: 30

Dartmouth College
Average ACT score: 30

Haverford College
Average ACT score: 30

Carleton College
Average ACT score: 29

Tulane University of Louisiana
Average ACT score: 29

United States Air Force Academy
Average ACT score: 29

What’s your experience with the ACT or SAT? Tell us your story in the comment section below!

Original Post Date: January 31st, 2012

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