The Best California Colleges for a 23 on the ACT

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

With a 23 on the ACT, these are the California colleges you have a chance to get into

Looking at the most recent published freshman class ACT scores for all California colleges, we've found 48 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 48 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 13 reach schools and 26 safety schools you can consider.

    • 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 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 1130/1330
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.61
    • Students: 10,713
    • Tuition:$48,066
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 65%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 52%
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    University of San Francisco

    • SAT Range 1040/1250
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 37,466
    • Tuition:$6,798
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 31%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 31%
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    California State University Long Beach

    • SAT Range 1080/1260
    • ACT Range 23/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 4,598
    • Tuition:$49,504
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 75%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 66%
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    University of Redlands

    • SAT Range 1060/1260
    • ACT Range 21/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.54
    • Students: 6,109
    • Tuition:$40,488
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 73%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 69%
    • SAT Range 1020/1260
    • ACT Range 19/27
    • Average HS GPA 3.43
    • Students: 26,598
    • Tuition:$7,353
      Admissions Standards  Challenging Requirements
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 55%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 55%
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    California State Polytechnic University Pomona

    • SAT Range 1020/1200
    • ACT Range 20/26
    • Average HS GPA 3.78
    • Students: 8,064
    • Tuition:$43,050
      Admissions Standards  Average Requirements
    • Your 23 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 51%