The Best Colleges for a 27 on the ACT

What colleges can I apply to with an ACT score of 27?

With a 27 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 511 schools where a 27 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 27 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 27 on the ACT a good score?

Yes, you have a lot of opportunities at very good schools with a score of 27. It places you in the top 85th percentile nationally out of the 2 million students taking the ACT entrance exam this year. The score indicates you've done a significantly above above average job answering the questions on the English, Math, Reading and Science sections of the test.

For comparison purposes, a 27 on the ACT converts to a 1280 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 511 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 54 reach schools and 943 safety schools you can consider.

    • SAT Range 1260/1470
    • ACT Range 27/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.82*
    • Students: 37,887
    • Tuition:$14,167
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 30%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 20%
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    University of California San Diego

    • SAT Range 1190/1410
    • ACT Range 25/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.92
    • Students: 36,032
    • Tuition:$13,700
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 24%
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    University of California Irvine

    • SAT Range 1180/1440
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 2,467
    • Tuition:$50,960
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 18%
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    • SAT Range 1250/1440
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.46
    • Students: 2,642
    • Tuition:$53,630
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 21%
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    Lafayette College

    • SAT Range 1230/1460
    • ACT Range 27/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.96
    • Students: 25,976
    • Tuition:$14,391
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 32%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 22%
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    University of California Santa Barbara

    • SAT Range 1280/1440
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 4.1
    • Students: 52,218
    • Tuition:$6,381
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 29%
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    University of Florida

    • SAT Range 1220/1420
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 7,961
    • Tuition:$53,932
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 36%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 28%
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    Pepperdine University

    • SAT Range 1230/1480
    • ACT Range 27/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.8*
    • Students: 51,832
    • Tuition:$10,610
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 27%
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    The University of Texas at Austin

    • SAT Range 1220/1400
    • ACT Range 27/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.75*
    • Students: 2,613
    • Tuition:$54,420
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 27%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 18%
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    Skidmore College

    • SAT Range 1240/1430
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.87
    • Students: 22,013
    • Tuition:$9,816
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 27 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 30%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 23%
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    California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you have a lot of opportunities at very good schools with a score of 27. The score puts you in the top 85th percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 27 ACT score.

University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine and Rhode Island School of Design are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 27 ACT score.

A 27 ranks in the top 85th percentile of all students who take the ACT exam.

A 27 converts to a 1280 on the SAT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 1280 SAT score.