ACT & SAT Scores Needed to Get into Your State’s Top Colleges

If you’re looking to bring ACT or SAT preparation into your school or organization’s curriculum, you might be curious what ACT/SAT scores it takes to get into your state’s top colleges. Check out our table below for a state-by-state guide of average ACT/SAT scores for students at colleges around the country.

Average ACT & SAT Scores For Top Colleges: A State-by-State Guide (updated in 2017)

State College 1 Avg. SAT Avg. ACT College 2 Avg. SAT Avg. ACT College 3 Avg. SAT Avg. ACT College 4 Avg. SAT Avg. ACT
AK Alaska Pacific 830-1120 17-26 U Alaska Fairbanks 960-1220 18-26 U Alaska Anchorage Open Open U Alaska Southeast Open Open
AL Auburn 1050-1275 24-30 University of Alabama 1050-1320 24-30 University of South Alabama 900-1150 20-25 Birmingham Southern College 1000-1220 24-29
AR Hendrix College 1120-1360 25-32 University of Arkansas 1010-1220 23-28 University of Central Arkansas 890-1110 20-26 Southern Arkansas University 810-1080 18-24
AZ Arizona State 1030-1270 23-28 Arizona Christian University 900-1110 19-23 Prescott College 900-1150 19-27 University of Arizona 960-1220 21-27
CA Caltech 1500-1600 34-35 UCLA 1180-1470 28-33 Chapman University 1100-1290 25-30 CSU Northridge 870-1090 16-22
CO U Colorado Boulder 1070-1300 24-30 US Air Force Academy 1230-1400 29-32 Western State College 910-1140 17-23 Colorado School of Mines 1250-1420 28-32
CT Yale 1480-1600 31-35 U Connecticut 1210-1420 26-31 U Hartford 1020-1230 20-25 U Bridgeport 920-1090 18-23
DC Georgetown University 1320-1520 30-33 Howard University 990-1220 21-27 American University 1150-1300 26-30 Catholic University 1010-1230 22-28
DE University of Delaware 1090-1300 24-29 Delaware State University 810-970 17-21 Wesley College 740-940 14-19 Wilmington University Open Open
FL U Miami 1270-1450 28-32 Florida State 1200-1350 25-29 Gulf Coast University 1050-1210 22-26 Lynn University 970-1170 19-24
GA Georgia Tech 1310-1500 30-33 Spelman 920-1120 20-23 University of Georgia 1150-1330 26-30 Morehouse College 870-1100 18-23
HI BYU 970-1160 22-26 Chaminade 860-1060 19-22 UHawaii Hilo 830-1050 16-22 U Hawaii Manoa 1070-1190 20-25
IA Grinnell College 1300-1510 30-33 Drake University 1070-1360 24-30 University of Iowa 1000-1320 23-28 Graceland University 780-940 18-24
ID University of Idaho 940-1170 20-26 Lewis-Clark State College 820-1030 18-23 BYU-Idaho 910-1120 20-25 Boise State University 920-1140 20-26
IL University of Chicago 1420-1600 32-35 Northwestern University 1400-1560 31-34 Wheaton College 1200-1410 27-32 Loyola University 1040-1260 24-29
IN Notre Dame 1350-1530 32-34 Indiana University 1060-1290 24-30 Butler University 1050-1250 25-30 Rose-Hulman 1180-1420 28-32
KS Benedictine College 1000-1290 21-28 Wichita State University 940-1200 21-26 Kansas Wesleyan University 910-1070 20-24 Southwestern College 990-1050 19-24
KY Centre College 1110-1400 26-31 University of Kentucky 1010-1250 22-28 Kentucky Wesleyan 940-1110 20-25 Eastern Kentucky University 860-1100 19-25
LA Tulane 1240-1410 29-32 Xavier University 870-1110 20-26 LSU 1020-1260 23-28 Northwestern State 870-1100 19-24
MA Harvard 1400-1600 32-35 Boston College 1260-1470 30-33 UMass Amherst 1360-1560 31-34 UMass Dartmouth 1000-1210 19-25
MD Johns Hopkins University 1360-1530 32-34 University of Maryland 1210-1420 28-32 Towson University 1000-1170 21-25 Mount St. Mary’s University 910-1130 18-24
ME Colby College 1270-1460 29-32 University of New England 960-1170 20-29 Maine Maritime Academy 950-1150 19-26 University of Southern Maine 860-1100 19-25
MI University of Michigan 1290-1500 29-33 Michigan Tech 1100-1360 24-29 Michigan State 980-1260 23-28 Albion College 940-1160 21-27
MN Macalester College 1240-1470 29-32 St. Olaf College 1140-1410 26-31 Carleton College 1320-1520 30-33 Bethel University 990-1340 22-27
MO Washington University 1400-1550 32-34 Truman State University 1140-1410 25-30 University of Missouri 1060-1300 24-29 Rockhurst University 1010-1210 23-28
MS Millsaps College 1040-1260 23-28 Mississippi College 990-1240 23-28 Alcorn State University 790-990 16-20 William Carey University 810-1080 20-27
MT Montana Tech 1050-1240 23-27 University of Montana 980-1220 20-27 Montana State University 1010-1270 21-28 Montana State – Northern 810-1010 16-21
NC Duke University 1360-1550 31-34 Winston-Salem State University 800-930 16-19 UNC Chapel Hill 1220-1430 28-33 Appalachian State 1060-1240 23-28
ND North Dakota State University 980-1260 21-26 University of North Dakota 930-1180 21-26 Dickinson State University 830-1080 18-22 Trinity Bible College 850-900 17-22
NE Creighton University 1050-1280 24-29 University of Nebraska at Lincoln 1000-1290 22-28 Union College 900-1140 19-26 Midland University 830-1000 18-23
NH Dartmouth College 1330-1560 30-34 UNH Durham 1000-1210 22-27 Keene State College 880-1100 19-24 Franklin Pierce University 830-1040 19-23
NJ Princeton University 1390-1590 32-35 Rutgers NB 1110-1340 27-32 Monmouth University 950-1120 20-25 Rider University 910-1110 19-25
NM New Mexico Tech 1090-1330 23-29 University of New Mexico 950-1210 19-25 New Mexico State University 840-1070 18-24 Eastern New Mexico University 820-1040 17-23
NV UN Reno 970-1190 21-26 UNLV 890-1120 18-25 Sierra Nevada College 870-1100 18-27 Nevada State College Optional Optional
NY Columbia 1380-1570 31-35 Binghamton University 1230-1380 27-31 Syracuse University 1090-1290 24-29 SUNY Buffalo 880-1080 21-23
OH Oberlin 1260-1450 29-32 Xavier 980-1180 22-27 Ohio State 1170-1390 27-31 Miami University 1140-1340 26-30
OK University of Tulsa 1130-1400 26-32 University of Oklahoma 1060-1340 24-29 Oklahoma State University 970-1210 22-27 East Central University 870-1070 18-23
OR Reed 1340-1510 29-33 U Portland 1160-1360 23-29 Oregon State 1050-1300 21-28 Portland State 1010-1220 19-25
PA University of Pennsylvania 1450-1580 31-34 Swarthmore 1410-1570 30-34 Penn State (UP) 1170-1380 25-29 Penn State Schuylkill 910-1110 16-19
RI Brown University 1370-1560 31-34 Rhode Island School of Design 1140-1400 25-32 University of Rhode Island 970-1170 22-26 Rhode Island College 800-1030 16-21
SC Clemson University 1150-1350 27-31 Claflin University 720-890 15-19 The Citadel 980-1170 21-25 USC Columbia 1110-1290 25-30
SD South Dakota School of Mines 1050-1300 24-29 University of South Dakota 900-1130 20-25 South Dakota State University 900-1160 20-26 Northern State University 860-1040 19-25
TN Vanderbilt 1430-1590 32-35 Rhodes College 1180-1380 27-32 University of Tennessee 1050-1260 24-30 Tennessee Tech 910-1200 21-27
TX Rice 1390-1560 32-35 UT Austin 1170-1410 26-32 Texas A&M 1070-1290 25-30 Texas Southern University 750-920 15-18
UT BYU 1150-1360 27-31 University of Utah 1010-1300 21-28 Westminster College 1000-1240 22-27 Southern Utah University 900-1160 20-27
VA William and Mary 1260-1460 28-32 Norfolk State University 700-910 15-19 Virginia Tech 1100-1320 24-29* James Madison 1040-1220 23-27
VT Middlebury 1270-1500 29-33 University of Vermont 1100-1290 25-30 Johnson State College 880-1100 14-22 Lyndon State College 820-1070 15-22
WA Whitman College 1200-1420 27-32 Gonzaga University 1090-1290 25-29 Pacific Lutheran University 980-1230 22-28 Washington State University 910-1150 20-26
WI UW Madison 1190-1410 27-31 Marquette University 1070-1300 24-30 UW Whitewater 900-1140 20-25 Carroll University 850-1020 21-26
WV West Virginia University 930-1140 21-27 Bluefield State College 890-1040 17-22 Concord University 800-1060 19-24 West Virginia State University 790-1010 17-22
WY University of Wyoming 940-1210 22-27 Eastern Wyoming College  Open  Open Central Wyoming College Open Open