Is 26 a good ACT score?

If you got a 26 ACT score, you're probably wondering how you compare to other students, and whether a 26 is good enough to get into college.

The truth is, it depends on your personal college goals and where you want to apply. We have the complete guide for you here. On this page, you'll find statistics about your score and what colleges you're competitive for. You can also use our Chance Estimator tool to figure out your chances of getting into your target schools.

26 ACT Score Standings

Here's how you compare to other students and how many colleges you are competitive for:

  • score-percent Percentile: 83rd

    Out of the 1.91 million test-takers, 325517 scored the same or higher than you.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 1233 Schools

    You can apply to 1233 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 263 Schools

    You have a very low chance of getting into 263 schools with this score.

Top Choice Colleges Chances

Can you get into your top choice colleges?

We've collected data from millions of students and thousands of colleges to figure out your chances at getting admitted with a 26 ACT score. You'll also see how your chances improve with a higher ACT score.

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Other Schools For You

What schools can you get into with an ACT score of 26?

We've picked out a set of schools that are within range. Click on each school to learn more about it.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are hard for you to get into now, because they have average ACT scores that are higher than a 26. But if you improve your ACT score, you'll have a much better shot.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1315 29
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1247 28
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1304 28
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1255 28
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1250 28

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average ACT scores that are close to a 26. If you apply to these schools, you'll have a decent chance of admission. If you improve your ACT score by 4 points, you'll significantly improve your chances and get almost guaranteed admission for most schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1221 27
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1260 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 1222 27
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1233 26
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 25
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1165 25
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1300 25

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a 26 ACT score, you're already strongly competitive for these schools. You're very likely to get admitted if you apply. If you improve your ACT score, your Safety Schools will get better and better.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Pace University New York, NY 1137 24
Ohio University Athens, OH 1170 24
University of North Texas Denton, TX 1164 24
Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL 1144 23
Washington State University Pullman, WA 1130 23
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 1130 23
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1025 22


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