The Best Colleges for a 21 on the ACT

What colleges can I apply to with an ACT score of 21?

With a 21 on the ACT, these are the colleges you have a chance to get into

Looking at the most recent published freshman class ACT scores for all U.S. colleges, we've found 815 schools where a 21 ACT places you within or slightly outside the middle fifty percent of admitted students. The colleges are ranked by their position on our best colleges ranking. They represent the better schools you have a shot of getting into and those which have historically accepted a 21 ACT score. Keep in mind, an ACT score alone won't get you admitted. It's equally important to have the GPA that the college is expecting for incoming students.

Is a 21 on the ACT a good score?

A score of 21 is a little better than average. It places you in the top 57th percentile nationally out of the 2 million students taking the ACT this year.

For comparison purposes, a 21 on the ACT converts to a 1080 on the SAT based on the College Board / ACT concordance. Not all colleges report both SAT and ACT score admission data so you should check our comparable listings for both standardized tests to find academically similar schools.

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Displaying 815 target schools where your ACT score is within the typical range of past accepted applicants. You have a competitive chance at being accepted but admission is not a sure thing. Hint: You also have 252 reach schools and 76 safety schools you can consider.

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A score of 21 is a little better than average. The score puts you in the top 57th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 21 ACT score.

New York School of Interior Design, Andrews University and University of Illinois at Springfield are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 21 ACT score.

A 21 ranks in the top 57th percentile of all students who take the ACT exam.

A 21 converts to a 1080 on the SAT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 1080 SAT score.