The Best Colleges for a 23 on the ACT

What colleges can I apply to with an ACT score of 23?

With a 23 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 886 schools where a 23 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 competitive chance of getting into and those which have historically accepted a 23 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 23 on the ACT a good score?

Yes, with score of 23 you're in about the top third. It places you in the top 68th percentile nationally out of the 2 million students taking the ACT entrance exam this year. The score indicates you've done an above above average job answering the questions on the English, Math, Reading and Science sections of the test.

For comparison purposes, a 23 on the ACT converts to a 1140 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 886 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 129 reach schools and 171 safety schools you can consider.

    • SAT Range 1120/1340
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.82
    • Students: 2,542
    • Tuition:$40,652
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 27%
    • SAT Range 1140/1400
    • ACT Range 22/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.51
    • Students: 6,479
    • Tuition:$43,500
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 50%
    • SAT Range 1130/1330
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.6*
    • Students: 1,434
    • Tuition:$42,000
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 45%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 32%
    • SAT Range 1110/1370
    • ACT Range 23/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.8
    • Students: 1,277
    • Tuition:$45,304
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 62%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 51%
    • SAT Range 1110/1310
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 35,303
    • Tuition:$7,488
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 35%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 27%
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    San Diego State University

    • SAT Range 1120/1360
    • ACT Range 21/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.43
    • Students: 1,275
    • Tuition:$50,040
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 49%
    • SAT Range 1120/1340
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.75
    • Students: 2,156
    • Tuition:$49,704
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 50%
    • SAT Range 1110/1330
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 23,922
    • Tuition:$13,827
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 38%
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    University of California Riverside

    • SAT Range 1120/1350
    • ACT Range 22/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.47
    • Students: 6,493
    • Tuition:$48,164
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 63%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 53%
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    University of the Pacific

    • SAT Range 1140/1280
    • ACT Range 22/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.54*
    • Students: 9,139
    • Tuition:$26,756
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 32%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 28%
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    Howard University

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, with score of 23 you're in about the top third. The score puts you in the top 68th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 23 ACT score.

University of Dallas, Yeshiva University and Southwestern University are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 23 ACT score.

A 23 ranks in the top 68th percentile of all students who take the ACT exam.

A 23 converts to a 1140 on the SAT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 1140 SAT score.