Colleges Accepting ACT Scores 2021

Updated by: Neha Kumari on Aug. 6, 2021, 4:38 p.m.

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ACT Participating Colleges 2021

American College Testing or the ACT exam is a national level standardized test that serves as a measurement of critical thinking and aptitude. Universities situated in the United States keep a close eye on the ACT Result and offer admission to students based on it. Since most of the colleges in the States that offer four-year course programmes act as participating colleges of ACT 2021, therefore preparing and performing well in ACT 2021 are the quintessential factors that ensure a secure and bright future of a student.

Aspirants need to select the preferred ACT 2021 participating colleges at the time of ACT Registration and the scores from the test are automatically sent to the selected universities. Students are also provided with the facility to send test scores to any college apart for the ones they have applied to during the time of registration. 

More than three thousand universities, colleges, and scholarship agencies utilise ACT scores to make decisions about scholarships, admission, and course placement. Scroll through the entire page to find out few important pointers, usage of the test score by universities and the list of top participating colleges accepting ACT score.

ACT COVID-19 Updates

Class of 2021 students who had their April, June, and/or July ACT test date cancelled have been placed in seats at sites that are currently open. The ACT registration site officially reopened and candidates can register and appear for the test at a convenient location. 

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How Participating Colleges Use ACT Scores?

ACT participating colleges 2021 do not only use the score of the test to offer admission but also for course placement. The universities advise students throughout the enrollment process based on the ACT score. Mentioned below are the important decisions that participating colleges take based on the ACT score.

For Admission Purpose:

The admission officials of the desired participating colleges consider the ACT score, academic preparation, high school grades, out-of-class accomplishments and future plans of students to identify applicants who can benefit the most from their programs. 

For Course Placement: 

While placing students to the first-year courses, the participating colleges taking into account the weaknesses and strengths of an individual. For instance, if a college has divided three sections of one subject, that are regular, developmental and advanced, then the ACT score, high school grade and academic background might be considered to determine which section suits the most to the candidate.

Academic Advising:

To tailor an appropriate program of study for a student, most of the colleges look at the high school grades, academic background, ACT results, planned extracurricular activities, part-time employment plans etc. These criteria help a college in taking a better decision for the bright future of a student.

Points to Consider Before Sending ACT Score to Participating Colleges

Enlisted below are important points that must be kept in mind before underlining participating colleges of ACT 2021.

  • Before making a choice, candidates have to check the eligibility and application criteria of a college.

  • If an applicant has applied for ACT 2021 multiple times, he/she can select which test date scores to submit to colleges.

  • Scores will be sent to colleges only after the result for both the multiple-choice and writing section are available.

  • While applying for ACT participating colleges, keep coursework, expenses, location and size in mind.

  • Colleges not only consider the ACT score completely. They look at the types of classes, activities, LOR (recommendation letters), essay and overall character of the candidate.

List of ACT Participating Colleges 2021

Here you can find out the list of US colleges accepting ACT Scores based on the new changes and policies after the COVID-1 9 pandemic.  Colleges that have confirmed the  ACT Score requirement for 2022 admissions are as follows: 

University of Central Florida

University of Florida

Florida State University 

University of Georgia

Simmons University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology 

Most colleges have turned into ACT Test Optional i.e taking the test is not mandatory but a choice for students. Most ACT test-optional colleges encourage students to take the test. The list of ACT test-optional colleges is as follows:  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

Stanford University, Stanford

University of Illinois Springfield, Springfield

Auburn University, Auburn

Harvard University, Cambridge

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena

Dartmouth College, Hanover

Yale University, New Haven

Florida International University, Miami

University of Southern California, Los Angeles

University of Dayton, Dayton

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Columbia University, New York

University of Central Florida, Orlando

University of South Carolina, Columbia

Princeton University, Princeton

Cornell University, Ithaca

Northwestern University, Evanston

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore

Duke University, Durham

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Adelphi University, New York

American University, Washington D.C.

University of the Pacific, Stockton

University of Kansas, Lawrence

University of Utah, Salt Lake

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge

University of Chicago, Chicago

Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

Rice University, Houston

Brown University, Providence

Pomona College, Claremont

North Carolina State University, Raleigh

Vanderbilt University, Nashville

University of Massachusetts, Boston

Emory University, Atlanta

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame

University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Colorado State University, Fort Collins

George Mason University, Fairfax

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland

Marshall University, Huntington

Haverford College, Haverford

Brandeis University, Waltham

Oregon State University, Corvallis

Hofstra University, Hempstead

Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Suffolk University, Boston

Washington State University, Pullman

New York University, New York City

FAQs about ACT Participating Universities

1. How can I send ACT scorecards to the participating colleges?

The candidate must select the participating colleges at the time of registration with ACT. The scorecard will be sent from the test centre to these colleges after taking the test successfully.  

2. How the ACT participating colleges use the ACT scorecard for admission? 

The participating colleges do not use the ACT scorecard for final admission but it is used for course placement and better future advice for students. 

3. Which college should I apply for admission using an ACT score? 

The candidate must first explore colleges based on various factors like location, cost of study and programmes offered. After selecting 15 to 20 colleges, the candidate must check the detailed application process and eligibility criteria to decide whether to send a college scorecard to the respective university or not. 

4. How many participating colleges can I select to send ACT scorecards? 

The student can select up to four colleges at the time of registration to send an ACT scorecard.

5. I have more than one ACT scorecard. Which participating colleges should I send the ACT scorecard? 

In the case of multiple scorecards, the candidate must send all the scorecards to participating schools and colleges. 

6. Does ACT participating colleges accept only one scorecard? 

Most ACT participating colleges accept more than one SCT scorecard. However, some colleges accept only one scorecard. In such a case, the candidate must send the highest composite score to the university. 

7. Which colleges accept ACT scorecards? 

The ACT score is accepted by the universities of the United States like  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, CambridgeStanford University, StanfordYale University,  University of Chicago, ChicagoColumbia University, New York,  Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore etc. 

8. What are some of the popular ACT Participating Colleges?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Stanford University, Stanford, Harvard University, Cambridge, Auburn University, Florida International University, Miami, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Marshall University, Georgetown University, Washington D.C are some of the popular ACT participating colleges. 

9. I have taken both the ACT and SAT. Should I send both scores to colleges? 

Most of the colleges accept either an ACT scorecard or SAT scorecard. So, the candidate must send the highest score among the two to the participating college. 

10. When is the ACT scorecard sent automatically to participating colleges from the test centre? 

ACT scorecard is sent to the participating college after the result of both the objective test and writing section is released. 

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