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.

Drexel University
D
Philadelphia, PA
Drexel University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

28 Average ACT

#10 Best Private Colleges in Pennsylvania

  • 23,589enrollment
  • $39,463net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1380SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.77Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance69%

Applications Due Jan 15

Brigham Young University Provo
B
Provo, UT
Brigham Young University Provo

Private 4 Year

14 reviews

29 Average ACT

#1 Best Private Colleges in Utah

  • 36,461enrollment
  • $13,150net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 1200-1410SAT range
  • 26-32ACT range
  • 3.86Avg Weighted GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance54%

Applications Due Feb 15

University of Iowa
I
Iowa City, IA
University of Iowa

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

25 Average ACT

#1 Best Public Universities in Iowa

  • 30,318enrollment
  • $17,452net price
  • 84%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1310SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.78Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance86%

Applications Due Mar 1

University of California Riverside
C
Riverside, CA
University of California Riverside

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

26 Average ACT

#8 Best Public Universities in California

  • 26,434enrollment
  • $11,948net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1280SAT range
  • 22-31ACT range
  • 3.8Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance66%

Applications Due Nov 30

Chapman University
C
Orange, CA
Chapman University

Private 4 Year

4 reviews

27 Average ACT

#8 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 9,761enrollment
  • $44,327net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1350SAT range
  • 25-30ACT range
  • 3.8Avg Weighted GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance52%

Applications Due Mar 1

College of Charleston
C
Charleston, SC
College of Charleston

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

24 Average ACT

#4 Best Public Universities in South Carolina

  • 10,384enrollment
  • $20,351net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1240SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.97Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance80%

Applications Due Apr 1

University of Minnesota Twin Cities
M
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

28 Average ACT

#1 Best Public Universities in Minnesota

  • 52,017enrollment
  • $17,729net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • 1240-1460SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.75Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance60%

University of Utah
U
Salt Lake City, UT
University of Utah

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

25 Average ACT

#1 Best Value in Utah

  • 33,081enrollment
  • $12,881net price
  • 79%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1350SAT range
  • 22-29ACT range
  • 3.65Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance82%

Applications Due Apr 1

Loyola University Chicago
L
Chicago, IL
Loyola University Chicago

Private 4 Year

6 reviews

28 Average ACT

#6 Best Private Colleges in Illinois

  • 16,893enrollment
  • $37,731net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • 1130-1330SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.76Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance61%

Florida International University
F
Miami, FL
Florida International University

Public 4 Year

7 reviews

26 Average ACT

#5 Best Public Universities in Florida

  • 58,836enrollment
  • $8,988net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1260SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 4.0Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance58%

Applications Due Apr 1

University at Buffalo
U
Buffalo, NY
University at Buffalo

Public 4 Year

8 reviews

26 Average ACT

#3 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 32,347enrollment
  • $18,119net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1140-1310SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance67%

University of Memphis
M
Memphis, TN
University of Memphis

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

22 Average ACT

#7 Best Public Universities in Tennessee

  • 22,205enrollment
  • $13,777net price
  • 85%acceptance rate
  • 990-1200SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.53Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance92%

Applications Due May 1

Texas Christian University
T
Fort Worth, TX
Texas Christian University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

28 Average ACT

#4 Best Private Colleges in Texas

  • 11,379enrollment
  • $40,220net price
  • 48%acceptance rate
  • 1110-1320SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.68Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance38%

Applications Due Mar 1

University of Cincinnati Main Campus
C
Cincinnati, OH
University of Cincinnati Main Campus

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

26 Average ACT

#3 Best Public Universities in Ohio

  • 40,826enrollment
  • $22,767net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1120-1330SAT range
  • 23-29ACT range
  • 3.7Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance76%

Applications Due Aug 11

CUNY Hunter College
H
New York, NY
CUNY Hunter College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

28 Average ACT

#8 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 24,052enrollment
  • $4,014net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 1170-1340SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance30%

Applications Due Feb 1

The University of Texas at Arlington
T
Arlington, TX
The University of Texas at Arlington

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

24 Average ACT

#10 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 48,072enrollment
  • $15,220net price
  • 88%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1250SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.43Estimated Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance92%

Mercer University
M
Macon, GA
Mercer University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

28 Average ACT

#2 Best Value Colleges in Georgia

  • 9,006enrollment
  • $21,693net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1340SAT range
  • 25-31ACT range
  • 3.88Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance70%

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
W
West Chester, PA
West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

23 Average ACT

#3 Best Public Universities in Pennsylvania

  • 17,719enrollment
  • $19,336net price
  • 86%acceptance rate
  • 1010-1180SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.44Avg GPA
Your 26 ACT
Admission Chance92%

Applications Due Apr 1

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.