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The Best Colleges for a 21 on the ACT


What colleges can I get into with an ACT score of 21?

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

CollegeSimply analyzed the most recent published freshman class ACT scores for all U.S. colleges and found 985 schools where a 21 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 and thus represent the better schools you may be able to get into and those which have historically accepted a 21.

Is a 21 on the ACT a good score? A 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

College ACT 25th ACT 75th Chance with 21
New York School of Interior Design
24 ACT Average
New York, New York
18 29 Avg - 29%  Chance
Howard University
25 ACT Average
Washington, District Of Columbia
22 28 Reach 26%  Chance
Millsaps College
25 ACT Average
Jackson, Mississippi
22 28 Reach 32%  Chance
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
25 ACT Average
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
22 28 Reach 20%  Chance
Spelman College
24 ACT Average
Atlanta, Georgia
22 26 Reach 23%  Chance
Coe College
25 ACT Average
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
22 28 Reach 39%  Chance
North Central College
24 ACT Average
Naperville, Illinois
22 27 Reach 38%  Chance
Mississippi College
26 ACT Average
Clinton, Mississippi
22 29 Reach 26%  Chance
Eastern Mennonite University
24 ACT Average
Harrisonburg, Virginia
20 28 Avg - 44%  Chance
University of the Pacific
26 ACT Average
Stockton, California
22 30 Reach 49%  Chance
Andrews University
25 ACT Average
Berrien Springs, Michigan
21 29 Reach 45%  Chance
University of Nebraska Lincoln
26 ACT Average
Lincoln, Nebraska
22 29 Reach 49%  Chance
Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences
24 ACT Average
Memphis, Tennessee
19 28 Avg - 48%  Chance
Concordia College at Moorhead
25 ACT Average
Moorhead, Minnesota
22 28 Reach 45%  Chance
College of the Ozarks
24 ACT Average
Point Lookout, Missouri
21 26 Reach 9%  Chance
Goshen College
24 ACT Average
Goshen, Indiana
19 28 Avg - 58%  Chance
Hampden Sydney College
24 ACT Average
Hampden-Sydney, Virginia
21 27 Reach 42%  Chance
University of St Francis
22 ACT Average
Joliet, Illinois
20 25 Avg - 47%  Chance
University of Illinois at Springfield
24 ACT Average
Springfield, Illinois
20 27 Avg - 44%  Chance
University of Minnesota Morris
25 ACT Average
Morris, Minnesota
22 28 Reach 47%  Chance
Dallas Baptist University
22 ACT Average
Dallas, Texas
19 24 Avg - 39%  Chance
LeTourneau University
24 ACT Average
Longview, Texas
21 28 Reach 36%  Chance
Spring Hill College
24 ACT Average
Mobile, Alabama
21 26 Reach 36%  Chance
California State University Long Beach
23 ACT Average
Long Beach, California
20 26 Avg - 21%  Chance
University of San Francisco
25 ACT Average
San Francisco, California
22 28 Reach 49%  Chance
College for Creative Studies
24 ACT Average
Detroit, Michigan
21 27 Reach 36%  Chance
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
23 ACT Average
Minneapolis, Minnesota
20 26 Avg - 50%  Chance
William Carey University
24 ACT Average
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
21 28 Reach 38%  Chance
SUNY at Albany
24 ACT Average
Albany, New York
22 26 Reach 35%  Chance
The University of Tampa
24 ACT Average
Tampa, Florida
22 27 Reach 37%  Chance
Mississippi State University
24 ACT Average
Mississippi State, Mississippi
21 28 Reach 51%  Chance
Kansas City Art Institute
24 ACT Average
Kansas City, Missouri
20 27 Avg - 60%  Chance
Ramapo College of New Jersey
24 ACT Average
Mahwah, New Jersey
21 26 Reach 46%  Chance
Le Moyne College
24 ACT Average
Syracuse, New York
22 27 Reach 48%  Chance
Cleveland Institute of Art
23 ACT Average
Cleveland, Ohio
20 26 Avg - 45%  Chance
Ohio Northern University
25 ACT Average
Ada, Ohio
22 28 Reach 49%  Chance
Maryville College
24 ACT Average
Maryville, Tennessee
20 27 Avg - 42%  Chance
Brigham Young University Hawaii
24 ACT Average
Laie, Hawaii
22 26 Reach 21%  Chance
Liberty University
24 ACT Average
Lynchburg, Virginia
21 27 Reach 20%  Chance
Azusa Pacific University
24 ACT Average
Azusa, California
21 27 Reach 47%  Chance
Bradley University
25 ACT Average
Peoria, Illinois
22 28 Reach 55%  Chance
Asbury University
24 ACT Average
Wilmore, Kentucky
21 28 Reach 60%  Chance
Centenary College of Louisiana
25 ACT Average
Shreveport, Louisiana
22 28 Reach 45%  Chance
Alma College
24 ACT Average
Alma, Michigan
20 27 Avg - 57%  Chance
Martin Luther College
24 ACT Average
New Ulm, Minnesota
21 28 Reach 61%  Chance
Webster University
24 ACT Average
Saint Louis, Missouri
21 26 Reach 43%  Chance
SUNY College at Cortland
24 ACT Average
Cortland, New York
22 25 Reach 31%  Chance
SUNY College at Oswego
24 ACT Average
Oswego, New York
22 27 Reach 38%  Chance
Regis University
23 ACT Average
Denver, Colorado
20 26 Avg - 51%  Chance
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
26 ACT Average
Chicago, Illinois
22 30 Reach 55%  Chance