Colleges for a 26 on the ACT

What colleges accept a 26 ACT score?

With a 26 on the ACT, these colleges are a good match for you

Based on 2021 freshman class ACT scores for all U.S. colleges, here are 455 schools where submitting a 26 with your college application places you around the middle ACT score range of admitted students. This list represents the most popular schools where you will be a competitive applicant and those which have historically accepted a 26 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 26 a good ACT score?

Yes, a score of 26 is very competitive. It places you in the top 82nd percentile nationally out of the 2 million test takers of the ACT entrance exam. The score indicates you've done a well above above average job answering the questions on the English, Math, Reading and Science sections of the test. If a 26 isn't strong enough to get into your dream school, consider taking a test prep course to see if you can raise your score.

What is the SAT equivalent to a 26 ACT score?

For comparison purposes, a 26 on the ACT converts to a 1240 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 are the best colleges can I get into with a 26?

Here are some of the top ranked colleges which have historically accepted students in this test score range. Scroll down further to explore, search, sort and filter the full list.


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List of 26 ACT Colleges

Displaying 455 colleges where your 26 ACT score is within the typical range of past accepted students. You have a chance at being accepted but admission may be challenging at more selective colleges. Hint: Filter by admission chance for 1,500 target schools (good chance), 207 reach (harder) schools and 2,445 safety (easier) schools you can consider.

Indiana University Bloomington
I
Bloomington, IN
Indiana University Bloomington

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

27 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in Indiana

  • 43,064enrollment
  • $13,191net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1350SAT range
  • 24-31ACT range
  • 3.75Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance77%

Applications Due Jan 1

Oregon State University
O
Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

25 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in Oregon

  • 32,312enrollment
  • $21,444net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1310SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.61Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance84%

Stony Brook University
S
Stony Brook, NY
Stony Brook University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

29 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 26,782enrollment
  • $16,478net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1230-1440SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.9Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance34%

Applications Due Mar 1

Iowa State University
I
Ames, IA
Iowa State University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

24 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 31,822enrollment
  • $16,105net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1310SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.71Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance91%

Applications Due Jul 1

University of San Francisco
S
San Francisco, CA
University of San Francisco

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

27 Average ACT

#10 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,068enrollment
  • $42,801net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1330SAT range
  • 24-30ACT range
  • 3.54Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance65%

Applications Due Jan 15

James Madison University
J
Harrisonburg, VA
James Madison University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

25 Average ACT

#6 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 21,594enrollment
  • $18,592net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1280SAT range
  • 23-28ACT range
  • 3.57Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance84%

University of Illinois at Chicago
I
Chicago, IL
University of Illinois at Chicago

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

25 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in Illinois

  • 33,518enrollment
  • $12,614net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 21-29ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance76%

Applications Due Jan 15

SUNY at Albany
A
Albany, NY
SUNY at Albany

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

25 Average ACT

#9 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 17,688enrollment
  • $17,486net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1250SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance62%

Applications Due Mar 1

University of North Texas
N
Denton, TX
University of North Texas

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

23 Average ACT

#8 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 40,953enrollment
  • $13,781net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1240SAT range
  • 20-27ACT range
  • 3.46Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance90%

Applications Due Mar 15

University of South Florida Main Campus
S
Tampa, FL
University of South Florida Main Campus

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

27 Average ACT

#4 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 50,626enrollment
  • $10,004net price
  • 49%acceptance rate
  • 1160-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 4.01Avg Weighted GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance43%

Applications Due Mar 1

West Virginia University
W
Morgantown, WV
West Virginia University

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

24 Average ACT

#1 Best Value in West Virginia

  • 26,269enrollment
  • $13,087net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.45Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance89%

Applications Due Mar 1

Elon University
E
Elon, NC
Elon University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

27 Average ACT

#3 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 7,117enrollment
  • $39,401net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1320SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 4.04Avg Weighted GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance67%

Applications Due Jun 1

Boise State University
B
Boise, ID
Boise State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

23 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in Idaho

  • 24,069enrollment
  • $14,190net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1210SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.37Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance88%

Applications Due Feb 15

California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
C
San Luis Obispo, CA
California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

29 Average ACT

#7 Best Public Universities in California

  • 22,440enrollment
  • $20,491net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.99Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance24%

Applications Due Nov 30

University of North Carolina at Charlotte
N
Charlotte, NC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

24 Average ACT

#6 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 30,146enrollment
  • $16,029net price
  • 80%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1280SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
  • 3.49Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance87%

Applications Due Feb 1

The University of Texas at Dallas
T
Richardson, TX
The University of Texas at Dallas

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

29 Average ACT

#2 Best Value Colleges in Texas

  • 28,669enrollment
  • $11,185net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1220-1450SAT range
  • 26-33ACT range
  • 3.78Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance68%

Rutgers University New Brunswick
R
New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University New Brunswick

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

28 Average ACT

#22 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,411enrollment
  • $17,835net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1410SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.3Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance58%

Rutgers University New Brunswick
R
New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University New Brunswick

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

28 Average ACT

#22 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,411enrollment
  • $17,835net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1410SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
  • 3.3Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance58%

FAQs

Is a 26 a good ACT score?

Yes, a score of 26 is very competitive. The score puts you in the top 82nd percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 26 ACT score.

What colleges can I get into with a 26 ACT score?

The University of Texas at Austin, Arizona State University and Penn State Main Campus are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 26 ACT score.

What percentile is 26 on the ACT?

A 26 ranks in the top 82nd percentile of all students who take the ACT exam.

What is the equivalent SAT score to a 26 ACT?

A 26 converts to a 1240 on the SAT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 1240 SAT score.