<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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Averett University is an excellent school if you are looking for great teachers, interesting assignments, and a flexible schedule. Highly recommend Averett University for undergraduate studies.

” – Todd from Rocky Mount, VA

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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Great teachers. Many have the highest degree possible in their field.

” – Ronald from Cartersville, GA

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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Its a small college that allows you to actually get to know your professors and peers. You become a part of the Mount community that strives to meet the needs of the students. There is always someone there to help you out, either academic-wise...

” – Los Angeles, 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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Anybody who is pursuing an education at Alcorn State University will be in a positive learning environment:full of fun and a better understanding about careers all in one.

” – Imara from Sontag, MS

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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My courses are specific to me and have increased my understanding of my major.

” – Celeste from Youngstown, 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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You should enroll in the honors program to ensure that you are challenged.

” – Sarriah from Milan, 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 am learning a lot more than i did in high school that is for sure. I am learning something new in each of my classes, and i am becoming a better student because of everything.

” – Natasha from Pasadena, 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 University of Central Oklahoma is very beautiful inside and out. Campus is well kept, teachers are nice, and the education is top notch. I would recommend this school to anyone trying to further their education. 10 out of 10!

” – Justin from Edmond, 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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msu-mankato ha been an amazing experience for me. i am doing well with my studies and have met a lot of new friends. i plan to earn my degree from msu!

” – Anthony from Champlin, 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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UAF is an exciting and interesting place to go to school! With many degree programs to choose from, this highly accredited school is great for anyone looking to further their education.

” – Liam from Healy, 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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Really awesome if you know what you want. This university is all about the business, you don't want to muck around waiting for someone to tell you what you're going to do.

” – Marvin from Norwalk, 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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I'm learning a lot because of the great student to teacher ratios, the classes aren't as huge as the University of Houston's classes which allows you more one on one time with your professors, which will be really helpful when you need that letter of...

” – Marlyn from Katy, 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 pretty small sized school; which I love! The professors at FSU are very helpful with managing your time if you let them be. Overall, I think FSU is a great school.

” – Sommar from Wana, 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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It has a beautiful campus, and is easily accessible. Very progressive in its future endeavours. All around a fun, and worth while University to attend.

” – Ben from Cameron, NC

California State University, Monterey Bay is changing the way students experience college! Featuring a diverse student body on a campus located just one mile from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. California State University, Monterey Bay offers students...

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It is always good idea to check out different campus that have your choice of major/study. But once you visit and tour the campus of CSU Monterey Bay and see what it has to offer for prospective students, meet the staff and fellow students you will...

” – Current CSUMB Student

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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Florida A&amp;M University is one of the top HBCU's in the country. Attending this university gives students a growing experience as well as a chance to broaden their horizon like no other. The academics are outstanding and professors push for...

” – Brittney from Jackson, TN

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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it is a great learning environment. the teachers are professional and very helpful. i would definitely recommend.

” – Luke from Highlands Ranch, 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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Small campus where the teachers make you their priority. Help is always available for those who need it. Everyone on campus supports you from academics to sports.

” – Anneleisse from Castle Rock, CO

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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I transfered to Curry College last semester and loved that it was a small school and the professors were very helpful with anything you needed. Curry has a great campaus and very small class sizes which is very easy to learn from. Also since the...

” – Joseph from Canton, MA

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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Home to the Redfern Arts Center and a really good theatre and dance department.&#13;
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With a dedicated student involvement committee there is always something fun going on, did...

” – Ellen from Bartlett, IL

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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Westfield State University is an amazing school with so many opportunities. They have several ways to get involved and meet new people from clubs to varsity athletics to intramural sports. This school also has a lot of majors and minors to choose...

” – Matthew from Tewksbury, 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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Blackburn offers many classes for a wide variety of people. Having just built a new $1mil+ science building in the last 5 years, Blackburn's science program is booming. The teachers have every intention of making you learn, which is wonderful.

” – Joshua from Carlinville, 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 College's learning experience is very unique. The small class sizes make it easy to have a one on one relationship with your professor. The instructors are always more than willing to spend the extra time and energy to make sure that the...

” – Kali from Florence, 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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During campus tour we were taken through three courses for a 15 minute sample to various courses that my program requires. The student/professor ratio seem conducive to an environment for learning.

” – Travis from Macon, GA

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 is a great school as far as their education and welcoming feeling. The people here are extremely friendly and ready to assist you if you ever need help. They provide a beautiful campus and many activities that students can participate...

” – Jessica from Plymouth, 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 classes are small so that is very benifical, the faculty are nice and treat you like family. You will learn a ton if you apply your self.

” – Garry from Waunakee, WI

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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such an amazing school and campus. the professors i have had so far are very nice, friendly and very helpful. the campus is really big and there are many places to study, there is always a quiet place to study.

” – Jazmin from Huntington Park, 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 teachers seem to care about the students. Care if they aren't doing as well as they should.

” – Kady from Hagerstown, MD

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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At King College the professors care a lot about each student as an individual and strive beyond their job requirements to make sure each student understands the subject at hand.

” – Emilii from Bristol, TN

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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NSU is a nice school where you feel safe.

” – Tayla from Tulsa, 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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At Fisk, professors aren't the only ones you learn from. It's the students.
I am reminded everyday that, I sit in class next to some of the brightest minds in the country!

” – Jamal from Stone Mountain, GA

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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Lander University is a great school. If you are serious about your education and also want to have fun this is your university. Its like a home away from home.

” – Tenee' from Clinton, 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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Teachers and professors want you to think. The majority are open to taking a few extra days here and there to discuss the issues that students are interested in. After all, it's our education, not theirs.

” – Heather from Crimora, 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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Missouri Southern State University is an excellent school to attend. I am a communication student at Southern and I have been offered countless opportunities. From studying abroad, and extra curricular activities to working in the Relations and...

” – Daya 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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great college tuition

” – Kiara from Lake View, 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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It's a small, private, all girls school with a cute historic vibe. All the employees are super helpful and respond to your emails THAT day and always know the answer to your question. It's expensive but so worth it and they have all kinds of awards...

” – Colby from Dacula, 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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This is and excellent HBCU, and the nursing program is the !!!TRUTH!!! im am treated like an individual and not a number......

” – Quinton from Baltimore, MD

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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a very rewarding experience for a relatively low cost. a small yet beautiful campus with everything you need relatively close by. a school that does more for you outside of the classroom as well as in.

” – Daeshawn from Pittsbugh, 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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It is a great college, in a great community. I would love to stay here if they had a nursing program but am forced to leave. I would come back for another degree.

” – Jordan from Gillette, WY

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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The staff here at EOU is very helpful and friendly. Classes are small and the environment is perfect for learning. Overall, coming here has been the best decision i have ever made.

” – Marco from La Grande, 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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After visiting campus, I am nearly 100% satisified with the available programs. In addition to the available programs, Lock Haven offers a small, yet welcoming campus with fewer than average class sizes compared to other colleges and universities...

” – Daniel from Pennsylvania

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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I think that it is a wonderful college. It offers many different degrees and programs. They also have professors that really understand the students and are very helpful as well.

” – Cheyanne from Earlville, NY