<span>Colleges for a 20 ACT</span>

Colleges for a 20 ACT

The ACT is a standardized test that measures academic performance and compares it to that of other high school students across the country. A score of 20 on the ACT demonstrates that you correctly answered a little more than half of the questions on the exam.

Is a Score of 20 Good?

The ACT is scored on a scale of 1 to 36, with 36 the best possible result. A score of 20 is just below the national average of 20.8 and means that approximately half of all test takers received a higher score on the test. One of the purposes of taking the ACT is to increase your competitiveness during the college application process and a 20 doesn’t necessarily accomplish that at most colleges.

I Want to Go to College, What Do I Do?

In order to improve on a score of 20, consider retaking the ACT.  If you’re a junior, there are still several opportunities to do so. In the time before the retest date, prepare for the exam by taking ACT Practice Tests. Consult the breakdown of your score in each of the test’s four subjects: science, English, mathematics, and reading. Those subject scores will give a sense of which fields of study to concentrate on.

For further test prep, utilize your high school’s ACT resources. Consult an academic advisor or college counselor for recommendations on practice test books. If you have time to do so, enroll in a test prep course overseen by your school or the district. For those who work best in a one-on-one setting, visit a private tutor if it’s within your financial means.

If you’ve decided to retake the ACT as a senior, there are typically test dates in the fall that will return scores in enough time for the latter half of admission season. Check out some colleges that have later application deadlines, in January through March, and see if any of them interest you. If retaking the test isn’t possible or doesn’t make sense in your situation, take a look at your college application as a whole and adjust how you’re labeling your safety, reach, and match schools.

What Colleges Can I Apply to With an ACT Score of 20?

A test score is only one component of the application and many institutions don’t have a “required” ACT score, but a range that they typically accept. However, the colleges and universities we have listed below have a history of admitting students who earned a 20 on their ACT.

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Founded in 1859, Averett University is a private 4-year institution situated in Danville, Virginia. Averett University is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia but welcomes students of all faith, or non-faith, backgrounds. Top...

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I love it here. It is a small school with a personal atmosphere. It is very easy to make friends and become involved in school functions.

” – Janice from Springfield, MA

Founded in 1851, Catawba College is a private institution located in Salisbury, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and houses a wildlife refuge and ecological preserve on campus. Study abroad opportunities are offered...

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Catawba College is a great school where everyone is able to find their own niche. The teachers are so willing to take the time out of their day and help with anything and everything you could ever need. There is always something different to do on...

” – Brittany from Fletcher, NC

Notre Dame College is a Catholic liberal arts school dedicated to teaching students in the Sisters of Notre Dame tradition. NDC is based in South Euclid, Ohio, and houses the tolerance outreach center, the Abrahamic Center, which promotes interfaith...

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Notre Dame offers a very personal educational experience with lots of free support.

” – Jaimie from Galloway, OH

York College is a private, Christ-centered institution established on an urban, 50-acre campus in Nebraska. York offers 26 on-campus bachelor’s degree programs, as well as two online master’s degree programs in Education and Organizational Leadership...

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The classes are great here and all the teachers are so willing to help.

” – Megan from Grand Island, NE

Mount Saint Mary’s University is a women's college located in Los Angeles, California. This Catholic, 4-year institution's campus is nestled high in the Santa Monica Mountains and offers more than 30 majors and concentrations. MSMU puts particular...

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If you want a challenging college experience, academically, this is the place. But even when it's challenging, you really learn how to manage your time between school and social life. The only reason people would dislike this school is because they...

” – Jamila from West Covina, CA

Founded in 1871, Alcorn State University is a public Historically Black College and University in southwest Mississippi. The oldest historically black land-grant university in the United States, Alcorn State is home to five schools offering...

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Many of the teachers at Alcorn State University are extremely educated. They will let you know what they expect from you that very first day and are very helpful to their students. For example, if you don't understand something they will take the...

” – Arthaya

Youngstown State University is a 4-year public school and urban research university based in northeast Ohio. Youngstown State awards undergraduate degrees in over 115 academic majors and is home to research centers including the Center of Excellence...

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Just by speaking with some of staff at YSU, there is a set plan for my education. I cant wait to see what this new experience will bring.

” – Zachary from Delaware, OH

Named for a former state governor, Austin Peay State University is a public institution in north Tennessee. Austin Peay is home to colleges of Arts & Letters, Business, Education, Health Sciences, and STEM conferring undergraduate degrees. In...

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I love APSU. It may be my hometown college but it keeps me focused. I'm not trying to explore a new city or find out where the night-life is.

” – Marguerite from Clarksville, TN

Stephen F. Austin State University is a public institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas. It ranks #22 in Top Public Schools by the U.S. News & World Report. The university offers its students the chance to participate in Moot Court, Model UN, and...

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I actually didn't expect to find teachers to be so caring about their students. Teachers go out of their time to give their students all the tools to make good grades, not just good, but excellent. They of course expect alot from their students...

” – Jazmin from Tyler, TX

The University of Central Oklahoma is a 4-year public school in the Oklahoma City metro area and one of the oldest universities in the southwest United States. UCO oversees six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees in 121 areas of study and operates...

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The professors are passionate about the subjects they teach. This makes the classes interesting and help leaning become easy.

” – Angeline from Altus, OK

Originally founded as Mankato Normal School, Minnesota State University-Mankato is a 4-year public school overlooking the Blue Earth River valley in central Minnesota. MSU Mankato operates six colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in 130 fields of...

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Minnesota State University- Mankato is small, cheap, and has easy navigation. Mankato also has brand new dorms, a free bus system, cheap parking, and a well-rounded student body. The classes are small and very personal as well. I think it is a great...

” – Libbie from Stillwater, MN

Originally founded as the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public school and flagship campus of the U of A System. The oldest institution of higher-learning in the state, UAF is home to nine...

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Yes, I learned a great deal while attending UAF. Sadly, I really only got into the swing of things in my last couple years. This is not to say that I slacked off during the first years, I merely mean that I did not start directing my own education...

” – Gavin from Fairbanks, AK

The California Institute of the Arts is a private university that offers degree programs in visual and performing arts. CalArts offers degrees in more than 70 degree-granting programs in Art, Music, Dance, Theater, and Film, with all undergraduate...

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this college is amazing. a lot of hard work, but plenty of friendly faces. i'm so glad i cam to this school

” – Tomas from Novato, CA

Founded in 1974, the University of Houston-Downtown is a 4-year public school and a designated minority and Hispanic-serving institution. UHD is home to five colleges awarding undergraduate degrees in 44 fields of study. For students interested in...

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It’s actually a pretty cool school! The staff are friendly and are willing to help you out. Not only that but the school is easy to figure out.

” – Bianca - Houston, TX

Founded in 1865, Fairmont State University is a public institution based in Fairmont, Virginia. It is a “selective” university and operates the satellite Robert C. Byrd National Aerospace Education Center where aviation technology programs are...

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FSU is a great place to learn, grow, and challenge yourself. Though a small university it has a lot of options for its students to develop.

” – Kay from Fairmont, WV

Methodist University is a private institution based in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The school is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has a “selective” admissions process. Many students choose to study accounting, biology, or fire...

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methodist university is small but powerful. each teacher gived you office hours to go and see them and if you can't make it in those few hours you can send them an email and request an appointment to talk to them. by the end of the semester they know...

” – Alisha from Iron Station, NC

California State University at Monterey Bay is a public university and a member of the 23-school CSU system. Located along the northern coast of California, approximately a mile from the shores of Monterey Bay, the university offers 24 undergraduate...

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CSUMB is located just north of Monterey, California. The school is about 5 minutes away from the ocean, and offers a laid back setting. CSUMB has a small campus, with around 5,000 students in attendance.

” – Ken from Beverly Hills, CA

Founded in 1887, the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University is an Historically Black College and University in Tallahassee and the only public HBCU in the state of Florida. Florida A&M is home to 12 colleges and schools granting bachelor’s...

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FAMU has helped me choose the best major for me and has helped the teachers in my college go out of their way to make sure that I have the best experiences and am taking the right classes to be successful in my major

” – Zainab from Durham, NC

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a 4-year public urban university in the heart of downtown Denver. MSU Denver is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Professional Studies conferring undergraduate degrees in over 85...

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Metro was a great is a great school to start of a college education. Being a first generation student, I was pretty scared the first few days but I got the hang of it pretty quickly. The professors are real helpful and also very friendly. There is a...

” – Isahar from Commerce City, CO

Caldwell University is a 4-year liberal arts institution located in Caldwell, New Jersey. Founded by the Dominican sisters, the university has a strong Catholic identity which students will experience through the Enriched Core, which requires a...

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i got a stellar education at caldwell college. the school is more than friendly towards seniors citizens.
more schools should follow cc's external degree program.
the saturday orientations are worth attending.

” – Hilda from Caldwell, NJ

Ferrum College is a 4-year liberal arts college in rural southwestern Virginia affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Ferrum hosts schools of Arts & Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences granting bachelor’s degrees in 30 academic...

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Here you are able to learn on a one on one type setting. The professors all know you by name. The classes can be rough, but the professors are happy to help.

” – A student

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private institution based in Milton, Massachusetts. The school operates a main campus near a state park in Norfolk county and a satellite campus in Plymouth. All students must take a General Education curriculum...

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When I visited, the student that took me around the main dining hall was great. He took time to show us around even after the tours were over. Definately looking to come to school here.

” – Samantha from Milford, CT

Keene State College is a 4-year public liberal arts college in southwest New Hampshire and a member of the University System of New Hampshire. Keene State confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 academic fields of study. Throughout the school year...

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Keene State College is expanding opportunities for current and future students with the new nursing program. The program is half way through its second year and making great progress! The classes are exceptional and the teachers are all involved...

” – Alicia from Dunstable, MA

William Peace University, situated in Raleigh, North Carolina, is a 4-year institution that was founded in 1857. As a member of the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium, students have access to classes and library facilities in the surrounding...

Founded in 1838 by educational activist and politician Horace Mann, Westfield State University is a 4-year public school in south western Massachusetts. Westfield State is noteworthy for being the first co-educational college to admit students of all...

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As a freshman you need to take all of your general education requirements, even though they might not be as interesting depending on your interests you still learn a lot! The class sizes are great, I do not have one class with more the 25 students...

” – Ariana from Medford, MA

Greensboro College is a liberal arts school affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located in North Carolina. Greensboro is a military-friendly Yellow Ribbon school with “selective” admissions. The curriculum is designed by both the Judeo...

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i currently play football for greensboro college. i would say the staff there are outstanding including all the professors. i have learned a great deal in a short time.

” – Dre

Blackburn College is a private, 4-year institution established in Carlinville, Illinois, and is one of under ten federally recognized work colleges in the US. The college’s Work Program is student-managed, and it offers students the opportunity to...

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It's great place to be yourself and make friends. The work program gets you involved with more people and makes the college experience more enjoyable. Classes are small so there is more opportunity for one on one from teachers.

” – Debbie from Steger, IL

Founded in 1856, Newberry College is a 4-year liberal arts college in South Carolina affiliated with the Lutheran Church. Newberry offers undergraduate degrees in over 30 academic majors. For musically inclined students, Newberry is home to nine...

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Newberry is a outstanding college for their accademics, and sports. The student diversity spreads all across the world, and united states. The College stresses the most on thier students succeding

” – Matthew from Gilbert, SC

Life University is the biggest single-campus chiropractic college in the world. It is a private institution founded by a doctor of chiropractic that offers health and wellness-focused programs. Life University’s education is founded around Vitalism...

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As far as a chiropractic school, you will not find a better one. It is extremely hard academically, but considering you will be a doctor, it needs to be challenging. The faculty and staff are extremely friendly, and the school offers many...

Barton College is a private liberal arts institution situated in Wilson, North Carolina. Barton is associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has a “selective” admissions process. The school provides a curriculum that focuses on...

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Barton College, on a scale of 1-10 is an 8 at least. Everyone is friendly and willing to help anyway possible. It relly makes you feel right at home.

” – Mikal from Kinston, NC

Calling Forth Worth, TX, home, Texas Wesleyan University is a 4-year institution founded in 1890 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The university features 31 undergraduate majors and confers 7 types of degrees, bringing their “Smaller...

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The close-knit community of my small college makes for a personal educational experience. The small number of students makes each class more fun. The professors are able to connect on a more personal level and I enjoy seeing how they truly care...

” – Katie from Fort Worth, TX

California State University-Los Angeles is a 4-year public university and part of the CSU System. Cal State LA is home to seven colleges granting undergraduate degrees in 57 academic majors. A federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, Cal...

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I am currently attending my first year at this university in the mechanical engineering college and so far all of my professors have been highly qualified and informational for each class. There is even a class specifically for teaching you how to...

” – Jerry from El Monte, CA

With campus overlooking the Potomac River, Shepherd University is a 4-year public liberal arts college in the Shenandoah Valley region of West Virginia. Shepherd confers bachelor’s degrees in over 90 academic majors and minors. During every school...

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The professors are always there for you when you need them and they know every student by name.

” – Emma from Houston, TX

King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated and doctoral-level university that was founded in 1867 as King College. The main 135-acre campus centers around “The Oval,” a mall where all buildings intersect. The campus houses the Burke Observatory and...

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The classes here encourage self-growth. You are able to understand who you are and form your own opinions about the issues of society. Out of the box thinking is a common phrase used by professors when talking about writing essays. I have been able...

” – Kayla from Triangle, VA

Grand View University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Iowa, Des Moines. GV offers 40 academic programs on their 50-acre urban campus, where students are immersed in the university’s Viking culture. On top of...

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I would give Grand View University an excellent rate. They are very helpful in many ways. It has many majors to offer and the major that I was interested in.

” – Brian from Des Moines, IA

Northeastern State University is a public institution located primarily in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The college includes branch campuses in the city of Muskogee, the city of Broken Arrow, and online. NSU has classes available in the day, in the evening...

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I rate it high. I like that the campus is pretty close together. The cafeteria is awesome.

” – Kimberly from Tahlequah, OK

New England College is a private rural liberal arts college in Henniker, New Hampshire. NEC confers undergraduate degrees in 37 academic fields of study and its Hands On Year Round initiative provides the opportunity for students to reduce costs...

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The people here at NEC are known for their competition on the court and on the books. Making it a great place for people with competitive edge in them

” – Orion - Jersey City, NJ

Founded in 1866, Fisk University is a private HBCU and the oldest university in Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk University is a member of the United Negro College Fund and its Victorian architecture-style campus is recorded in the National Register of...

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Amazing, Family Feeeling, Challenging

” – Victor from Nigeria

Founded in 1872, Lander University is a small public higher education institution situated in Greenwood, South Carolina. The university provides a liberal arts program and several professional schools. The school houses a popular Equestrian Center...

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I am attending Lander University. As soon as i step out of the car onto the campus i knew it was the school for me. The campus is small which is what i was looking for. The town of Greenwood is perfect because its just 45 minutes from Greenville. The...

” – Tanisha from Columbia, SC

Founded in 1880, Bridgewater College is a 4-year liberal arts college in the Shenandoah Valley and the first college in Virginia to admit female students. Bridgewater confers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors and minors featuring an...

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as a small town guy, bridgewater seems like a pristine campus. people leave their bikes unlocked, the crime level is next to zero. it's beautiful and friendly and lovely.

” – Brandon from Woodstock, VA

Originally founded as a junior college, Missouri Southern State University is now a 4-year public institution in southwest Missouri. MSSU is home to schools of Business, Education, Arts & Sciences, and Health Sciences as well as a Law Enforcement...

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I have had a fantastic experience with the faculty here in that they were willing to work with me outside of class to make sure I was successful in my academic goals. The study abroad opportunities are fantastic too, allowing for once in a lifetime...

” – Brian from Joplin, MO

Founded in 1866, Kentucky State University is a public institution situated in Frankfort, KY. The school offers a liberal arts education and is also a land-grant institution. Popular majors at KSU include human development, nursing, and criminal...

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Kentucky State University is a well-rounded school overall. They challenge you academically and give many academic opportunities. They also make you feel at home.

Francis Marion University is a public institution focused on liberal arts education. It is located in Florence, South Carolina, and is one of the most affordable colleges in the state. FMU has several partnerships with international colleges and...

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Francis Marion University has some of the best teachers in the Nation. Besides the awesome teachers there is free assistance everywhere you look.

” – Austin from Myrtle Beach, SC

Brenau University is a four year, liberal arts institution that has called Gainesville, Georgia, home since 1878. It is comprised of four academic colleges that confer degrees, certificates, and provide specialist training in over 40 areas of study...

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Brenau University is a tight knit community in which students are allowed to pursue their various interest while gaining a vast amount of knowledge. On this campus, we are able to be individuals without prejudice and hatred. The Brenau staff and...

” – Casey from Buford, GA

Originally founded in 1900 as a training school for African American teachers, Coppin State University is a 4-year public school and an Historically Black College and University in Baltimore. Coppin State hosts colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education...

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Coppin State University has a lot to offer to new incoming students. The professors tried their hardest to make sure we are learning all we can with little resources. Coppin State University have also added different and new courses that students can...

” – Ikea

With campus along the shores of the Monongahela River, California University of Pennsylvania is a public school in southwest Pennsylvania. Cal U confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic programs and students have the option of enrolling in...

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All of the teachers I've met are friendly and ready to help. The admissions and financial aid staff are patient and listen well if you have a question or do not understand something. Talking with them is like having a conversation with a friend, and...

” – Shaylun from Rices Landing, PA

Black Hills State University is a 4-year liberal arts institution situated on 123 acres of land in Spearfish, South Dakota. Through its three colleges, BHSU offers more than 120 majors and minors, as well as three honors tracks. Students can complete...

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Black Hills State University has made me feel at home. All the professors are very approachable and always there. Black Hills State University has a small campus and is very beautiful.

” – Casie from Spearfish, SD

With a campus nestled in the Blue Mountain range, Eastern Oregon University is a 4-year public institution in northeast Oregon. Eastern Oregon is home to four colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 25 academic majors. For...

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This is a mainly Education - based school; If you want to be a elementary, middle, or high school educator, this is the school for you. Since the classes are so geared towards teaching, it makes it difficult for a student that wants another kind of...

” – Samantha from Baker City, OR

Lock Haven University is a public institution located off the Susquehanna River and near the Bald Eagle Mountains in Pennsylvania. The school is known for their STEP Initiative which prepares students for a technology-driven workforce by requiring...

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I like what I have learned here it is a good University for it's size.

” – Tyler from Littlestown, PA

SUNY Morrisville is located in Central New York, on 150 acres in a town of the same name. Morrisville offers more than 75 degree programs, both bachelor's and associate's, in agriculture, technology, business, social sciences, and liberal arts...

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Great teachers, as long as you pay attention, you can follow what they are saying pretty well.
Unlike a lot of other colleges....

” – Erica from Bedford Hills, NY