<span>Colleges for a 21 ACT</span>

Colleges for a 21 ACT

The ACT is an entrance exam that many colleges use as part of their admissions process. An ACT score of 21 indicates that you answered slightly over half of the questions correctly in the four academic categories: mathematics, reading, English, and science.

Is a Score of 21 Good?

Considered to be in the top 57th percentile of scores, a 21 is a little bit better than the average score of 20.8. Because of this, a 21 is a commonly accepted score at many schools, but it hasn’t reached a competitive level quite yet. Achieving a higher ACT score could offer a leg up in college admissions and also increase the odds of receiving more merit aid.

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

If you have time and the ability to retake the ACT, it’s worth putting in a bit more effort to increase the competitiveness of your application. ACT score reports come with a breakdown of the tests four subject areas. Take a closer look at which subjects need improvement and devote extra study time to them. Remember that the essay portion of the exam doesn’t get factored into the overall score so budget more study time for the other sections.

Before the retake date, practice a few test-taking strategies.  For example, the ACT doesn’t penalize you for a wrong answer, so work on eliminating incorrect multiple choice options to make an educated guess. Remember, if you get stuck on any question, don’t spend too much time dwelling on it. Instead, move on to other questions that are quicker to answer and take a second pass at more difficult ones if there’s time.

For seniors, there are typically dates available to retake the test during the fall semester, but it may or may not be in time for earlier college application deadlines. If there isn’t time, focus on amping up the rest of your application. College admission offices look at applications as a whole and your ACT score is just a single component. Consult your college counselor for advice on composing a well crafted personal essay, and be sure to continue devoting proper study time to all classes to maintain a good GPA. With an ACT score of 21, a quality application to go along with it might be all you need!

What Colleges Can I Apply to With an ACT Score of 21?

A decent number of colleges will consider an application featuring a 21 on the ACT and we’ve compiled a list of these schools below. While a standardized test is only one part of the application, these institutions have a history of accepting students who earn a 21.
 

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California State University-Fullerton is a 4-year public research institution in Orange County and a campus of the Cal State system. Cal State Fullerton has the largest student body out of any California State University school and has been...

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Fullerton is a beautiful campus that is quite small. Everyone at CSUF is very friendly and it is a great environment to be in.

” – Cinthia from Los Angeles, CA

Originally founded as a small branch college, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas is a 4-year public university and an Hispanic-Serving and Minority-Serving institution. UNLV encompasses 16 colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in...

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This is my first year at UNLV as a transfer student and it has been the best university experience for me. Every professor has provided me with rigorous, yet effective coursework that benefits me and is teaching me about my major. Take a tour here...

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Originally founded as a teacher training college, San Francisco State University is a 4-year public institution and a Bay Area-based campus of the California State University System. SF State offers bachelor’s degrees in 77 fields of study and...

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Radford University is located on a 204-acre campus in Radford, VA, and features six unique colleges with 108 degree programs. RU provides an honors college with competitive housing, programming, and advising, as well as the Office of High Impact...

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Formed by the merger of Clark College and Atlanta University, Clark Atlanta University is an Historically Black College and University affiliated with the United Methodist Church in Atlanta. CAU is home to colleges of Business Administration...

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My first semester at Clark was great. The Mass Media Program offers very good exposure to the field. The first week I attended a seminar with Spike Lee. I also got the opportunity to work in the television studio as a freshman.

” – Lee from Upper Marlboro, MD

Founded in 1867, Morgan State University is an Historically Black College and University in Baltimore and Maryland’s preeminent public urban research institution. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Morgan State offers degrees in more...

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Montclair State University is a 4-year public institution in northern New Jersey and the second largest university in the state. Montclair State is home to 11 colleges and schools conferring over 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees and the...

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California State University-Fresno is a 4-year public school and the second largest university in the Cal State system. Fresno State encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees. In addition, Fresno State has been designated...

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very excellent university
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The Pratt Institute is a private college based in Brooklyn, NY. Pratt offers more than 25 undergraduate degree programs and concentrations, more than 26 graduate degree programs, and six programs leading to an Advanced Certificate award. The 25-acre...

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When i visited Pratt in Brooklyn i was late for the regular group tour, i was worried that this would reflect badly on me but ithe effect was quite the opposite. A student from the fine arts major took me and my mother on a personal and much more...

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St Thomas University is a private institution located in Miami Gardens, Florida. STU is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and Archdiocese of Miami, and their institution goal is to “form[] a community of co-learners that teaches and worships...

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Saint Thomas University is a small great university. It has the necessary to provide to its students, the Academic Enhancement Center is pleased to help you develop your skills and potentials in any discipline. The social interaction between students...

” – Brunel from Miami Gardens, FL

Founded in 1849 as a teachers college, Eastern Michigan University is now a 4-year public school in Ypsilanti, MI. EMU is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in over 200 academic majors and minors. In addition to classroom space, EMU...

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Eastern is a smaller school so you get to know a lot of people. The professors make themselves available whenever you need help. I feel like I'm understanding the material rather than just trying to get a good grade on a test.

” – Mr Spearman

Old Dominion University is a 4-year public institution in Norfolk and a doctoral high research activity university. ODU hosts colleges of Arts & Letters, Business, Sciences, Education, Engineering, and Health Sciences as well as an Honors College...

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Old Dominion University has a beautiful campus that is close to the water. The students here are polite and respectful and just has home like vibe to it. Also the staff at ODU is so friendly and helpful that you shouldn't have a problem getting good...

” – Tarique from Fredericksburg, VA

Situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Western Carolina University is a public school in the University of North Carolina system with three campus locations. WCU features six colleges granting bachelor’s degrees encompassing over 120 majors, minors...

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The class size average is about 30 students which is good for student-professor relationships. You are able to get to know your professor in a setting not much different from high school. Professors strive to make time for your questions and want to...

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Northern Illinois University is a selective public university with a focus on research. The DeKalb campus is home to seven colleges with 46 schools and departments, and students can take advantage of regional centers in Chicago, Naperville, Rockford...

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I visited NIU for an open house and got to visit a lot of the faclities as well as the teachers. The teachers seem to want to help students and very friendly. Some classes are small so indivudual attention is there, but some are very large.

” – Beca from Chicago, IL

Founded in 2005, the University of California-Merced is a 4-year public research institution in northern California and the first American research university opened in the 21st century. UC Merced is home to colleges of Social Sciences, Engineering...

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Although this school doesn't have exactly the classes I want to take for my major, I am getting a lot of learning done. I am working extra hard on my minors, just in case they become majors before I graduate!

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Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Southwestern College is a private school in southern Kansas. Southwestern confers bachelor’s degrees in 24 fields of study. As part of its technological initiative, Southwestern issues a laptop to every...

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This school has several faculty members who are here for the soul purpose of helping your get your desired degree. My favorite thing about these staff members is that even if one person can't help you, then you always have another staff member to...

” – Cody from Wamego, KS

The University of West Georgia is a public, 4-year, R3 doctoral research university. UWG offers over 85 academic programs, and is home to an Honors College. UWG is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and...

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There are always those easy classes, but for the ones that aren't so easy--learn how to use your time wisely.

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With two campuses in Nashville, Tennessee State University is the only state-funded Historically Black College and University in the state of Tennessee and part of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. TSU grants bachelor’s and graduate degrees in 77...

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Tennessee State University is an Ok school. Its very big but it's not what I expected it to be. The campus offer a lot of help for tutoring if you need it but financial aid is extremely slow

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With campus a short walk from the Wabash River, Indiana State University is a 4-year public institution in western Indiana. ISU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 100 academic majors and makes over 70 degree-granting programs available entirely...

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I have just completed my first semester of college here at Indiana State and I have gained a lot of knowledge in and out of the classroom. I had two large lecture classes and one teacher learned the names of everyone in the class and was always...

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Founded as a normal college for women, Valdosta State University is a public institution in southern Georgia and part of the University System of Georgia. Valdosta State confers degrees in over 100 majors, minors, and certificates. Additionally, VSU...

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I am definitely learning a lot! The school offers plenty of majors, and the core classes are taught by instructors who do their best to apply the material from that class to the students' majors and interests.

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Founded by a Baptist minister in 1887, Campbell University is a 4-year Christian institution in central North Carolina. Campbell encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, concentrations, and tracks. As...

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I am learning more at Campbell University than I have throughout my entire education. The professors are very resourceful, and they know how to make the students understand the material.

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Founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, Marymount University is a Roman Catholic institution in northern Virginia and the first Catholic college in the state. Marymount encompasses schools of Arts & Humanities, Business, and Sciences...

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Originally founded in 1891 as the Washington State Normal School, Central Washington University is a 4-year public institution. Central Washington is home to six colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 135 academic majors as well...

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It is the best college I have every been to! I love it here! Highly recommended!

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Western Illinois University is a four-year public university, with a traditional, residential campus in Macomb, and a branch campus in Moline. The Macomb campus, comprising 1,000 acres in west central Illinois, provides residential living spaces...

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Tuskegee University is a 4-year private school and an Historically Black College and University in east Alabama. Tuskegee offers bachelor’s degrees in over 65 academic majors and is the only HBCU to house a fully-accredited College of Veterinary...

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Tuskegee University is the best school choice I could have made. Yes the school has to grow on you but it has great academic programs and majors. I recommend this school to anyone willing to put in the work.

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Founded in 1855, Kean University is a public school in northeast New Jersey and the state’s first public post-secondary institution of higher learning. Kean grants undergraduate degrees in over 50 areas of study and graduates the most teachers in the...

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Kean seems like a very nice affordable University. It's close to home and meets all of my criteria. I'm very excited to apply.

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Founded in 1890, North Carolina A&T State University is a public Historically Black College and University and the state’s first land-grant university for people of color. N.C. A&T is home to nine colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees...

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North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is the number 1 public HBCU that will change your life. The experience is like no other, creating numerous opportunities and displaying the true essence of aggie pride through school spirit...

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Founded in 1910 as a teacher’s college, Bowling Green State University is a 4-year public research institution in northwest Ohio. Bowling Green State is home to eight colleges conferring undergraduate degrees as well as an honors college. In addition...

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I would have to say that I am learning alot. Im becoming a better writer as well as a better student.

” – Angel from Cleveland, OH

Named for the second president of the Republic of Texas, Lamar University is a 4-year public school in southeast Texas and a member of the Texas State University system. Lamar encompasses five colleges granting bachelor’s and graduate degrees in over...

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i love lamar, its a great school and very diverse. at lamar university we have so many opportunities here. the school helps you succeed with the internships and organizations that are provided for us here at lamar.

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Named after Wilbur & Orville Wright, Wright State University is a 4-year public school in Dayton. Wright State features eight colleges and three schools granting degrees in 295 academic programs. In addition to classroom space, Wright State hosts the...

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Originally founded as a night school for law and business students, the University of Baltimore is a public institution and part of the University System of Maryland. UB confers degrees in over 70 undergrad and graduate academic programs. In addition...

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It's a small university and the professors I have met all seem very helpful.
There is a friendly environment.
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Texas A&M University-Commerce is the second-largest of the 11 campuses in the A&M system. The public research campus features an agricultural center, which includes artificial wetlands, a native prairie reserve, an equine arena and boarding facility...

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This is an affordable university with a great atmosphere. I would suggest Texas A&M-Commerce to anyone looking for an affordable, well-rounded college. The professors and staff are very friendly and love to work with the students.

” – TAMUC Student

Founded in 1877, Jackson State University is a public Historically Black College and University in the Mississippi state capital of Jackson and one of the largest HBCUs in the nation. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, Jackson State is...

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Jackson State University is a medium sized campus and very diverse. The campus is beautiful, the professors care and the campus is full of history. I made a great decision of picking my HBCU, I hope others do the same! :)

” – Jasmyne from Saint Louis, MO

Originally founded in 1899 as a liberal arts college, Tarleton State University is now a public state university with five campus locations and a member of the Texas A&M University System. The largest non-land grant agricultural institution in the...

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At Tarleton, the learning experience is like no other. I learned and gained a lot in academics and experience. The environment of Tarleton is very studious and feels like an environment for learning.

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Founded by the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1940, Barry University is a private institution in the Miami metro area and one of the largest Catholic universities in the southeast. Barry is home to eight colleges and schools conferring undergraduate and...

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location is not the best, but the campus is clean and easy to find. it is a catholic school, however anybody and everybody is welcome. it is my first semester and so far i like it.

” – Arthur from Doral, FL

Albany State University is an Historically Black College and University in southwest Georgia and part of the University System of Georgia. A member of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, ASU is home to colleges of Arts & Sciences, Health Professions...

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As a collegiate student at Albany State University, I have learned so many lessons. I have learned to become more of a independent collegiate student. I have also develop better studying habits while achieving a desirable GPA. Being active on campus...

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Cleveland State University is a public research institution in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Among the university’s 10 colleges hosting over 175 degree-granting academic programs, Cleveland State is home to the only film school in the state of...

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Cleveland State University is a University worth looking into. The professors are willing to help you in every way they can, if not in the class room they will help immensely during their office hours or on your time. Also, there is alway some kind...

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Founded in 1889, Weber State University is a 4-year public school in northern Utah. Weber State awards undergraduate degrees and certificates in over 225 academic programs with a focus on integrating scholarship and community. For recreation, Weber...

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I really learn a lot in my classes. The teachers teach at a rate that everyone can keep up with, and they teach the material in a way that is easy to understand. If anyone has questions, they can feel free to ask the teachers.

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Virginia State University is an Historically Black College and University in central Virginia and the nation’s first fully state-supported university for African Americans. The VSU campus hosts colleges of Business, Education, Agriculture, Humanities...

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it's a very amazing place to enjoy. you have wonderful education, great outdoor view, and diverse people.

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Sonoma State University is a public school in California’s wine country and one of the smallest campuses in the California State University system. Sonoma State grants bachelor’s degrees in 46 academic programs including the only Wine Business...

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Sonoma State has a beautiful campus, excellent teachers, and an amazing environment for everyone to fit in. Just being on campus gives you a sense of pride and the students here are genuinely happy to be a Seawolf.

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Originally housed in a renovated hosiery mill, Columbus State University is a public institution in western Georgia. Columbus State encompasses colleges of Business, Letters & Sciences, the Arts, and Education conferring undergrad degrees in 46...

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Columbus State is a very diverse and fun school. The atmosphere is great and so are the people on campus. We never have any problems there, everyone is willing an ready to meet new people

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Situated on a 300-acre campus in Cheney, Eastern Washington University is a 4-year institution that’s been an accredited 4-year-degree-conferring entity long before it took its current name in 1977. Since opening its doors in 1882, EWU has grown to...

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There are plenty of great professors here. There are also lots of different options for classes and studies. Some of the classes i took (gecker wise) didn't have a lot to do with anything for my major but they were interesting.

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Eastern Illinois University is a 4-year institution in Charleston featuring four colleges on a 320-acre campus. EIU offers 60 bachelor’s degrees, which can be complemented by any of the 85 minors offered, as well as four areas of undergraduate study...

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The most underrated university I've looked into as a student and an athlete. The town that surrounds the school is yes, very small, but there's a lot more out there than you would think; I personally come from a big city such as Chicago, and I was...

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Founded in 1888, the University of Charleston is a private school situated in Charleston, West Virginia and is a designated military-friendly school. UC is home to the Erma Byrd Gallery, which houses over 100 pieces of art created by local female...

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The University of Charleston is small private college located on the Kanawha River in Charleston, WV. The professors genuinely care about each individual student's grades, progress, and success in his or her respective field. This institution is...

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With a campus nestled in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, California State University-San Bernardino is a 4-year public institution and part of the Cal State system. An Hispanic-serving institution, Cal State San Bernardino is home to...

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California State University of San Bernardino was an excellent choice for me. I went there for 5 years and even got to explore another campus while still being a CSUSB student with their National Student Exchange program. The professors there are...

” – Corri from Provo, UT

Humboldt State University is a 4-year public institution in Arcata, CA, and is the northernmost campus of the California State University system. HSU is an Hispanic-serving institution conferring bachelor’s degrees in 51 academic majors. HSU also...

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My belief is that the capacity to learn is related to one's willingness to learn. I came to Humboldt State to learn as much as I can, while respecting and caring for myself in such a transitional phase in my life. Most HSU classes are small, and this...

” – Maria from Arcata, CA

Founded in 1891, North Park University is a Christian institution in Chicago affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. North Park is home to six colleges and schools as well as a seminary conferring degrees in over 60 undergrad and graduate...

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It is very easy to learn everything you need to know at this school. The largest class size is 25 max. Your professors are always available to help you when you need extra help.

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