Colleges That Superscore ACT: Complete List



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Are you taking the ACT? Before registering, you should know how admissions officers look at your scores. Do they consider Math, Science, Reading, and English individually, or do they care more about the composite score?

You might be relieved to hear that many colleges “superscore” your ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all your test dates and creating the strongest possible composite score. Read on for the

full list of colleges that superscore the ACT,

followed by some tips on how you can use this policy to your advantage.

ACT Scoring and Superscoring


Before getting to the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, let’s quickly review

how the ACT is scored

. Each section of the ACT is given a scaled score between 1 and 36. These area scores are then averaged together to get your composite score, which also ranges between 1 and 36.

If

a college superscores the ACT

, it will

take your highest Math, Science, Reading, and English scores

that you achieved on any of the dates you took the test. Then, it will

average these together for a new composite

so that you’ll end up with your highest possible composite score.

While superscoring means that you are much safer retaking the test many times, you still shouldn’t treat retaking the ACT as having absolutely zero cost.

Many superscoring ACT schools can still see all your scores,

which can subconsciously affect how they view you as an applicant. For example, if you took the ACT more than six times and your scores were all over the place, admissions officers might wonder how seriously you’re taking the test and whether your results are a true measure of your skills.

As long as you don’t overdo it, taking the ACT more than once can strongly work in your favor if you’re applying to schools that superscore. Now that you know how ACT superscoring works, let’s look at the

colleges that superscore.

Complete List of Schools That Superscore the ACT



For this section, we’ve compiled a complete list of all schools that superscore ACT tests. In addition, we’ve included each school’s official standardized testing policy and the link to its admissions page. This is the most

comprehensive guide to ACT-superscoring colleges

available online. Since policies can change, definitely contact your school(s) if you have any questions or want to double-check their scoring policies.

If a school’s policy states, “Contact school for information,” this means the policy isn’t available on the school’s website (though multiple sources have confirmed that this school

does

superscore the ACT). If you’re interested in applying to this type of school, contact it directly.


School

Official ACT Superscoring Policy

Website

Albion College
Contact school for information
Albion Admissions

Amherst College
We will evaluate your application based on the most advantageous combination of scores for the SAT and/or ACT.
Amherst Admissions

Auburn University at Montgomery
Send all your scores for each SAT or ACT you’ve taken to AUM and we will take the best score from each section to average your SuperScore.
AUM Admissions

Austin College
Austin College accepts both the ACT or SAT and as policy we “super score.” (We will take your highest subscores from different test dates and combine them to make a highest “super score.” We feel what is important is that we see your highest potential in each sub-section, not just how you scored overall during one test session.)
Austin College Admissions

Babson College
For students who have taken either the SAT or ACT more than once, Babson will superscore (use the best individual section scores) in reviewing their application.
Babson Admissions

Baylor University
Contact school for information
Baylor Admissions

Bates
The submission of standardized tests is optional for all students applying to Bates. Bates College does “superscore” both the SAT and ACT.
Bates Admissions

Beloit College
Submission of test scores (the ACT and SAT) is optional for most applicants. This policy allows applicants to decide for themselves whether or not their test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential.
Beloit Admissions

Bowdoin
Test optional. If you do submit, though, Bowdoin superscores the ACT. The admissions committee will consider the highest submitted Composite score and subsection scores, and will also recalculate a new Composite score from subsection scores earned on different test dates.
Bowdoin Admissions

Brandeis
Brandeis has a test-optional policy and no longer requires domestic applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission.
Brandeis Admissions

Bryn Mawr College
SAT and ACT scores are optional for US citizens and permanent residents.
Bryn Mawr Admissions

Butler
Test optional. Butler reviews the highest subscores for each test and uses your new high test score for an admission decision. Writing test scores are not required.
Butler Admissions

Claremont McKenna College

“CMC will continue to superscore the ACT or SAT. This means we will accept the highest scores from each section of the ACT or SAT, regardless of the test date. We do not superscore across test types.”


Claremont McKenna Admissions

Colby
Contact school for information
Colby Admissions

College of the Holy Cross
The submission of standardized test scores is optional. Contact school for more information.
Holy Cross Admissions

Colorado College
You could choose to report the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or the ACT if you believe that these scores are the most accurate indicators of your academic performance and potential. If you select “Flexible Testing,” we will select from the scores in our records the combination of test scores that is most advantageous to you.
Colorado College Admissions

Columbia University
If you take an exam more than once, you will be evaluated on the highest score you received in any individual section.
Columbia Admissions

Connecticut College
Test optional. We “superscore” the SAT Reasoning Test and use the combined highest composite score from the ACT.
Conn College Admissions

Cornell
Contact school for information
Cornell Admissions

Davidson College
Test optional. Davidson superscores both the ACT and SAT.
Davidson Admissions

Denison
Test optional. Contact school for information
Denison Admissions

DePauw University
Contact school for information
DePauw Admissions

Dickinson College
Dickinson’s long-standing test-optional policy provides you with a choice regarding the submission of standardized test scores
Dickinson Admissions

Drexel
Contact school for information
Drexel Admissions

Duke
For students who choose to submit the ACT with writing, Duke will consider the highest composite score and highest scores on each section, regardless of test date, but will not recalculate the composite score.
Duke Admissions

Duquesne University
We super score all tests, which means we take the highest of all components of each test and recalculate the highest possible score for you.
Duquesne Admissions

Eckerd College
Eckerd will combine scores to create your best possible composite score. We accept either the ACT or the SAT and use the test on which you scored higher.
Eckerd Admissions

Elon University
Contact school for information
Elon Admissions

Georgia Tech
We super score within the same test, using your highest section scores from any test date. Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores. We evaluate all your sub-section scores, not just the sum or composite.
Georgia Tech Admissions

Grinnell College
We consider your best superscored ACT composite scores. The essay component is optional.
Grinnell Admissions

Hamilton College
It is Hamilton’s policy to select the testing options that will serve you best. We strongly encourage you to submit all of your testing to Hamilton and the Admission Committee will choose the best scores for you.
Hamilton Admissions

Harvey Mudd
Contact school for information
Harvey Mudd Admissions

Haverford College
Contact school for information
Haverford Admissions

Hawai’i Pacific University
Contact school for information
Hawai’i Pacific Admissions

Hendrix College
Hendrix utilizes a method called “super scoring” in which sub-scores from multiple tests are combined to form the highest composite score.
Hendrix Admissions

Hollins University
Contact school for information
Hollins Admissions

Indiana University Bloomington
We superscore, which means we’ll consider your best test scores. For the ACT, we’ll combine the highest scores for each subtest from different exams for a new ACT composite.
IU Bloomington Admissions

Ithaca College
Contact school for information
Ithaca College Admissions

Johns Hopkins
We also consider your highest combined score for the ACT. We’ll find the maximum value of each official section score submitted, then recalculate the composite score.
Johns Hopkins Admissions

Kalamazoo College
Contact school for information
Kalamazoo Admissions

Kenyon College
Please note that Kenyon “super-scores” all results. This means that we will automatically compute a new composite score for both the SAT and ACT, if you’ve taken either test more than once.
Kenyon Admissions

Kettering University
Contact school for information
Kettering Admissions

Lafayette College
Contact school for information
Lafayette Admissions

Lawrence University
Test optional. Contact school for more information.
Lawrence Admissions

Lehigh University
Contact school for information
Lehigh Admissions

Liberty University
We will accept your superscore. If you took the ACT or SAT more than one time, we will look at your highest individual test scores and calculate a new, super composite score from across your test dates.
Liberty Admissions

Loyola University Maryland
Test optional. Contact school for information
Loyola Admissions

Miami University
Miami superscores, using the highest test scores submitted for admission and scholarship consideration. For ACT, the highest scores for each subtest from different exams will determine a combined highest composite score.
Miami University Admissions

Middlebury College
Middlebury will “super score” standardized test results—we will accept the highest score from each section of the SAT or ACT, regardless of sitting, and sum the best scores across sittings of the same test.
Middlebury Admissions

MIT
If you take the same test multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section.
MIT Admissions

Millsaps College
Contact school for information
Millsaps Admissions

NYU
“If you’ve taken the ACT more than once, we will recalculate a new composite using the highest of each section, regardless of test date.”
NYU Admissions

Northeastern
Contact school for information
Northeastern Admissions

North Carolina State University
We look at your highest sub-score from each section across your test dates to create a super-score so we encourage you to take the test more than once and submit all your scores.
NC State Admissions

Olin College
We take your best score from each test and disregard the others.
Olin Admissions

Pitzer
Test optional. Contact school for information.
Pitzer Admissions

Pomona College
We will consider your highest section scores on the SAT by superscoring; we will also superscore ACT section scores.
Pomona Admissions

Purdue
We will always use the best available score for admission decisions and scholarship consideration and will not penalize you if earlier scores were lower.
Purdue Admissions

Regis
Test optional. Contact school for information.
Regis Admissions

Rhode Island School of Design
Contact school for information
RISD Admissions

Rochester Institute of Technology
Contact school for information
RIT Admissions

Roger Williams
Test optional. RWU will take your highest score from each section of the SAT regardless of the exam date. If you submit both an SAT and an ACT score, we will use the composite score that is in your best interest per the official concordance data.
Roger Williams Admissions

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Contact school for information
Rose-Hulman Admissions

Saint Mary’s College
Contact school for information
Saint Mary’s Admissions

Seattle University
Seattle University employs the highest sub-scores on the ACT when making admission and scholarship decisions.
Seattle Admissions

Seton Hall University
Seton Hall super scores the ACT.
Seton Hall Admissions

Spring Hill College
Contact school for information
Spring Hill Admissions

Stanford
For the ACT, we will review all subscores and will focus on the highest Composite and the highest English and writing scores from all test sittings.
Stanford Admissions

Syracuse
Contact school for information
Syracuse Admissions

Texas Christian University
If you submit scores from more than one sitting of the ACT, we will consider your highest section scores across multiple sittings or test dates (“Super-Score”). We will consider your highest English, Math, Reading, and Science scores even if you earn them on separate test dates for the ACT.
TCU Admissions

Towson University
Contact school for information
Towson Admissions

Trinity College
Test optional. If you decide to submit standardized test scores, Trinity will accept the highest scores on all tests (they need not be from the same exam date).
Trinity College Admissions

Trinity University
Test optional. Trinity University will super score standardized test scores by taking the best subtest score and creating a new composite score regardless of test date.
Trinity U Admissions

Troy University
Contact school for information
Troy Admissions

Tufts University
When taken multiple times, we will use your highest sub-score for each section.
Tufts Admissions

University of Arkansas
Contact school for information
U Arkansas Admissions

University of Chicago
We will superscore both the SAT and the ACT, meaning that if you have taken either test more than once, you should submit all your scores, and we will add your highest subsection scores together to give you the highest possible combined score.
U Chicago Admissions

University of Colorado—Boulder
Your highest scores are used in the admission decision. If you take the same test more than once, we combine your scores on each subsection to give you the highest overall score.
U Colorado Admissions

University of Connecticut
We will combine the highest scores from each subsection of an exam to create the best overall score (within same exam formats) for exams taken more than once.
U Conn Admissions

University of Dayton
Contact school for information
U Dayton Admissions

University of Delaware
Contact school for information
U Delaware Admissions

University of Denver
If you’ve taken either test more than once, we’ll combine the best scores from the individual sections of each test to create an ideal “superscore.”
U Denver Admissions

University of Georgia
If a student takes the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider the best scores we receive for each section on either exam.
U Georgia Admissions

University of Maryland
We use the highest subscores from the SAT and ACT in our review of your application.
U Maryland Admissions

University of Mary Washington
Test optional. Contact school for information.
U Mary Washington Admissions

UMass Amherst
Contact school for information
U Mass Admissions

University of Miami
We will use the highest composite score from among each test that you’ve taken. This is called super scoring. There is no limit to the number of test scores you may submit to us for your application.
University of Miami Admissions

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“If you share scores from both the SAT and ACT, we will use the higher of the two and ignore the other. If you share scores from multiple administrations of either test, we will use the highest score you earn on each section or subject of the test and ignore the others.”
UNC Admissions

University of North Texas
Contact school for information
UNT Admissions

University of Pennsylvania
For the ACT, we consider the highest individual English, Math, Reading, and Science scores across test sittings.
UPenn Admissions

University of Pittsburgh
We will use the highest of the SAT superscore or the ACT composite score in reviewing your application for admission.
U Pitt Admissions

University of Puget Sound
Test optional. Contact school for information.
Puget Sound Admissions

University of Rhode Island
We “superscore” your ACT results … using the English, math, reading and science sections.
Rhode Island Admissions

University of Rochester
Test optional. Only your highest SAT or ACT sub-scores will be considered in our final decision, even if they are from different test dates.
U Rochester Admissions

University of South Florida
The University of South Florida considers your highest submitted section scores across all SAT and ACT test dates. Final admission decisions will be made using only your highest cumulative scores. Each time you submit test scores to USF, we will update your record with any new high scores.
USF Admissions

University of Tampa
Contact school for information
U Tampa Admissions

University of Tennessee
We use the super scoring method of combining test scores into a new composite score.
U Tennessee Admissions

University of Vermont
Contact school for information
U Vermont Admissions

University of Virginia
For the ACT, we look at the best composite score and the best subscores, regardless of whether those subscores are from the administration where the best composite was earned.
UVA Admissions

University of Washington
Test optional. Superscoring refers to the practice of taking a student’s best section scores across all exam sittings to combine for the best overall score. The UW does superscore.
UW Admissions

Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt will superscore both the SAT and the ACT.
Vanderbilt Admissions

Valparaiso University
We evaluate the ACT or SAT according to your “superscore,” which is a composition of your best subscores regardless of test date. Be sure to send in all your test scores for consideration.
Valparaiso Admissions

Vassar College
In assessing ACT scores, Vassar uses the highest subscores taken from multiple test dates and recalculates a new composite score.
Vassar Admissions

Villanova University
The Admission Committee will superscore the highest subscores from the SAT and/or ACT from multiple test dates.
Villanova Admissions

Virginia Commonwealth University
Contact school for information
VCU Admissions

Virginia Tech
Contact school for information
Virginia Tech Admissions

Wake Forest University
Test optional. Contact school for information.
Wake Forest Admissions

Washington and Lee University
[W]e will combine your best section scores from multiple tests to produce your highest SAT or ACT score.
W & L Admissions

Washington University in St. Louis
For the ACT, Washington University considers your highest section scores across all the test dates that you submit. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new high scores (so-called “Super Scores”).
WUSTL Admissions

Wesleyan University
Test optional. We will recalculate a new composite ACT score from subsections taken on different dates.
Wesleyan Admissions

Western Michigan University
Test optional. “Applicants who do wish test scores to be used in the admission process should report/submit scores from all test dates.  Doing so will allow WMU to use your highest subscores from any test date to superscore your total (SAT) or composite (ACT) score”
WMU Admissions

West Point (US Military Academy)
Contact school for information
West Point Admissions

West Virginia University
WVU combines the highest sub-scores from different test dates to create a “super score” total or composite for admissions and scholarship consideration eligibility.
WVU Admissions

Wheaton College
The submission of standardized test results is optional for all candidates.
Wheaton Admissions

Williams College
Contact school for information
Williams Admissions

Xavier University
Contact school for information
Xavier Admissions

Let us know in the comments if we missed any schools, or if any schools have changed so we can provide you with the most updated list!

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Tips for Applying to Superscoring Schools

If your college superscores the ACT, you should, too! What I mean by this is that

you can concentrate on one to two sections for each test date to build up your highest ACT superscore

.

If this is your strategy, you will have to start taking the ACT tests earlier to ensure that you have

enough test dates

to maximize your score. Some schools require that you

send all of your scores from every time you took the ACT

, so we do not recommend having

huge

fluctuations in your section scores. In other words, give your best effort on every administration of the test.

However,

this focused study plan may help you build a strong “superscore”

that’s a great asset to your college application.

Every piece of your application is important to building a successful whole. By carefully crafting a testing plan, researching your schools’ policies, and

preparing strategically and intensively

for test day, you’ll be well on your way to creating an

outstanding college application

!

What’s Next?


Now that you know all of the colleges that superscore ACT tests,

the goal now is to improve your ACT score as much as possible.

First, what’s a good ACT score? Read our

article on good, bad, and excellent ACT scores

so you can identify and prepare for your target score.


Next step, preparation!

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,

ACT Math

, and

ACT Reading

.


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