One of the most common questions I am asked is which colleges superscore the ACT. For those of you not familiar with superscoring, it is when a college takes the highest subscores from various test dates to get a new higher superscore. For example, assume that a student takes the April ACT and gets a 29 reading, 27 math, 28 English and 31 science subscores. This give a composite score of 29.  That same student then takes the June ACT and gets a 32 reading, 25 math, 29 English and 29 science.  Again, the student has a composite score of 29. However, if a college superscores the tests they combine the best scores from each test giving a 32 reading, 27 math, 29 English and a 31 science. This combined superscore gives a new composite of 30.

Most colleges in the past have superscored the SAT but not the ACT. Recently, however, some colleges are starting to superscore the ACT. I first reported on superscoring the ACT in December, 2007. Here is a list of the colleges that I believe  currently do superscore the ACT.  If a college is not on the list, I have received no information that it superscores the ACT.  As I become aware of additional colleges I will add them to the list. This list is kept current.

One final note. I greatly appreciate all of the help that my readers have been providing by telling me which colleges superscore. However, my policy, to keep the list as accurate as possible, is to personally get confirmation from a college’s admissions department before putting them on the list unless their web site is very clear on ACT superscoring. So, keep sending me college’s that you have been told superscore the ACT, but it may take a bit before that college shows up on the list.

Albion College

American University

Amherst College

Babson College

Baylor University

Beloit College

Birmingham Southern College

Boston College

Brandeis University

Bryn Mawr College

Butler University

California Institute of Technology

California State University System

Capital University

Colby College

College of the Holy Cross

Connecticut College

DePauw University

Duquesne University

Eckerd College

Elon University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida Gulf Coast University

Florida State University

Georgia Tech

Hamilton College

Hampden-Sydney College

Haverford College

Hawaii Pacific University

Hendrix College

Hollins University

Indiana University-Bloomington

Kalamazoo College

Kenyon College

Kettering University

Lafayette College

Lawrence University

Loyola University in Maryland

Middlebury College


Millsaps College

NCAA Clearinghouse

New York University

Northeastern University

North Carolina State University

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Pepperdine University

Pitzer College

Pomona College

Regis University

Roger Williams University

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Spring Hill College

Syracuse University

Towson University

Trinity College

Trinity University

Troy University

Tufts University

United States Naval Academy

University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

University of Chicago

University of Colorado – Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Dayton

University of Delaware

University of Denver

University of Georgia

University of Illinois ***

University of Louisiana – Lafayette

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Miami

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

University of North Texas

University of Puget Sound

University of San Diego

University of South Florida

University of Tampa

University of Tennessee – Knoxville

University of Vermont

University of Virginia **

Valparaiso University

Vassar College 

Virginia Tech

Washington and Lee University

Washington State University

Washington University – St. Louis

Wesleyan University

Wheaton College

Williams College

Xavier University

*MIT uses the best subscores from each section of the ACT but does not use a composite score. So effect is same benefit as superscoring.

** University of Virginia does not combine subscores to reach a superscore composite but they do consider the best subscores from different tests.

***University of Illinois says that they do not superscore the ACT. However, they say ” Colleges will often evaluate results from the sub-scores (English, Math, etc.). If an applicant submits scores from more than one test date, the highest sub-score(s) will be used in this evaluation.”  This appears to be similar to the University of Virginia.

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