Are you taking the ACT? Before registering, you should know how admissions officers look at your scores. Do they consider Math, Science, Reading, and English individually, or do they care more about the composite score?
You might be relieved to hear that many colleges “superscore” your ACT scores by taking the best subscores across all your test dates and creating the strongest possible composite score. Read on for the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, followed by some tips on how you can use this policy to your advantage.
ACT Scoring and Superscoring
Before getting to the full list of colleges that superscore the ACT, let’s quickly review how the ACT is scored. Each section of the ACT is given a scaled score between 1 and 36. These area scores are then averaged together to get your composite score, which also ranges between 1 and 36.
If a college superscores the ACT, it will take your highest Math, Science, Reading, and English scores that you achieved on any of the dates you took the test. Then, it will average these together for a new composite so that you'll end up with your highest possible composite score.
While superscoring means that you are much safer retaking the test many times, you still shouldn't treat retaking the ACT as having absolutely zero cost. Many superscoring ACT schools can still see all your scores, which can subconsciously affect how they view you as an applicant. For example, if you took the ACT more than six times and your scores were all over the place, admissions officers might wonder how seriously you're taking the test and whether your results are a true measure of your skills.
As long as you don't overdo it, taking the ACT more than once can strongly work in your favor if you're applying to schools that superscore. Now that you know how ACT superscoring works, let’s look at the colleges that superscore.
Complete List of Schools That Superscore the ACT
For this section, we’ve compiled a complete list of all schools that superscore ACT tests. In addition, we've included each school's official standardized testing policy and the link to its admissions page. This is the most comprehensive guide to ACT-superscoring colleges available online. Since policies can change, definitely contact your school(s) if you have any questions or want to double-check their scoring policies.
If a school's policy states, "Contact school for information," this means the policy isn't available on the school's website (though multiple sources have confirmed that this school does superscore the ACT). If you're interested in applying to this type of school, contact it directly.
|School||Official ACT Superscoring Policy||Website|
|Albion College||Contact school for information||Albion Admissions|
|American University||Test optional. Contact school for more information.||American U Admissions|
|Amherst College||We will evaluate your application based on the most advantageous combination of scores for the SAT and/or ACT.||Amherst Admissions|
|Austin College||Austin College accepts both the ACT or SAT and as policy we “super score.” (We will take your highest subscores from different test dates and combine them to make a highest “super score.” We feel what is important is that we see your highest potential in each sub-section, not just how you scored overall during one test session.)||Austin College Admissions|
|Babson College||For students who have taken either the SAT or ACT more than once, Babson will superscore (use the best individual section scores) in reviewing their application.||Babson Admissions|
|Baylor University||Contact school for information||Baylor Admissions|
|Bates||The submission of standardized tests, such as the SAT, SAT subject tests, and ACT, is optional for all students applying to Bates.||Bates Admissions|
|Beloit College||Submission of test scores (the ACT and SAT) is optional for most applicants. This policy allows applicants to decide for themselves whether or not their test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential.||Boloit Admissions|
|Birmingham-Southern College||Contact school for information||Birmingham-Southern Admissions|
|Boston College||For the ACT, Boston College will take your highest individual section scores and average them together, also known as "superscoring."||BC Admissions|
|Boston University||May vary depending on program. Contact school for information.||BU Admissions|
|Bowdoin||Test optional. If you do submit, though, Bowdoin superscores the ACT. The admissions committee will consider the highest submitted Composite score and subsection scores, and will also recalculate a new Composite score from subsection scores earned on different test dates.||Bowdoin Admissions|
|Brandeis||Brandeis has a test-optional policy and no longer requires domestic applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission.||Brandeis Admissions|
|Bryn Mawr College||SAT and ACT scores are optional for US citizens and permanent residents.||Bryn Mawr Admissions|
|Butler||Butler University requires the SAT or ACT test for admission consideration. Students are recommended to take both exams if available, as Butler reviews the highest subscores for each test and uses your new high test score for an admission decision.Writing test scores are not required.||Butler Admissions|
|California Institute of Technology||We require all applicants take the SAT or ACT, both of which we will superscore.||Caltech Admissions|
|Capital University||We “superscore” your tests by taking your best sub-scores across multiple tests and averaging them together to create the best score possible for you. We will do this automatically as long as you send us copies of all of your test scores. We will always use the very highest result possible for both your admission decision and scholarship offer!||Capital Admissions|
|Claremont McKenna College||
The Admission Committee will take the highest score from the individual subsections of the ACT to give you the highest ACT Composite score.
|Claremont McKenna Admissions|
|Colby||Contact school for information||Colby Admissions|
|Colgate University||Colgate will superscore (combine the highest subscore a student receives for each test date submitted) within both the SAT and the ACT. We encourage all students to submit all of their testing and we will determine their best performance.||Colgate Admissions|
|College of the Holy Cross||The submission of standardized test scores is optional. Contact school for more information.||Holy Cross Admissions|
|Colorado College||You could choose to report the SAT Reasoning Test (SAT) or the ACT if you believe that these scores are the most accurate indicators of your academic performance and potential. If you select "Flexible Testing," we will select from the scores in our records the combination of test scores that is most advantageous to you.||Colorado College Admissions|
|Connecticut College||Test optional. We “superscore” the SAT Reasoning Test and use the combined highest composite score from the ACT.||Conn College Admissions|
|Cornell||Contact school for information||Cornell Admissions|
|Davidson College||Davidson superscores the ACT. We do not require the writing portion for either the new SAT or ACT.||Davidson Admissions|
|Denison||Test optional. Contact school for information||Denison Admissions|
|DePauw University||Contact school for information||DePauw Admissions|
|Dickinson College||Dickinson's long-standing test-optional policy provides you with a choice regarding the submission of standardized test scores||Dickinson Admissions|
|Drexel||Contact school for information||Drexel Admissions|
|Duke||For students who choose to submit the ACT with writing, Duke will consider the highest composite score and highest scores on each section, regardless of test date, but will not recalculate the composite score.||Duke Admissions|
|Duquesne University||We super score all tests, which means we take the highest of all components of each test and recalculate the highest possible score for you.||Duquesne Admissions|
|Eckerd College||Eckerd will combine scores to create your best possible composite score. We accept either the ACT or the SAT and use the test on which you scored higher.||Eckerd Admissions|
|Elon University||Contact school for information||Elon Admissions|
|Florida Atlantic University||We super score by using the highest sub scores from multiple test dates to create the ACT composite and the SAT total.||FAU Admissions|
|Florida State University||We use the highest earned SAT and ACT subscores to calculate their SAT total and/or ACT composite score (a process known as "superscoring").||FSU Admissions|
|Georgia Tech||We super score within the same test, using your highest section scores from any test date. Each time you submit new scores to us, we will update your record with your highest scores. We evaluate all your sub-section scores, not just the sum or composite.||Georgia Tech Admissions|
|Gettysburg College||Standardized test scores from the SAT or ACT exams are reviewed in the overall context of a student's application and academic record. If a student has taken the SAT more than once, only their highest section scores across all SAT test dates will be considered as part of the final admissions decision.||Gettysburg Admissions|
|Grinnell College||We consider your best superscored ACT composite scores. The essay component of both the ACT and the SAT is optional.||Grinnell Admissions|
|Hamilton College||It is Hamilton's policy to select the testing options that will serve you best. We strongly encourage you to submit all of your testing to Hamilton and the Admission Committee will choose the best scores for you.||Hamilton Admissions|
|Harvey Mudd||Contact school for information||Harvey Mudd Admissions|
|Haverford College||Contact school for information||Haverford Admissions|
|Hawai'i Pacific University||Contact school for information||Hawai'i Pacific Admissions|
|Hendrix College||Hendrix utilizes a method called “super scoring” in which sub-scores from multiple tests are combined to form the highest composite score.||Hendrix Admissions|
|Hollins University||Contact school for information||Hollins Admissions|
|Indiana University Bloomington||We superscore, which means we'll consider your best test scores. For the ACT, we'll combine the highest scores for each subtest from different exams for a new ACT composite.||IU Bloomington Admissions|
|Ithaca College||Contact school for information||Ithaca College Admissions|
|Johns Hopkins||We also consider your highest combined score for the ACT. We’ll find the maximum value of each official section score submitted, then recalculate the composite score.||Johns Hopkins Admissions|
|Kalamazoo College||Contact school for information||Kalamazoo Admissions|
|Kenyon College||Please note that Kenyon "super-scores" all results. This means that we will automatically compute a new composite score for both the SAT and ACT, if you've taken either test more than once.||Kenyon Admissions|
|Kettering University||Contact school for information||Kettering Admissions|
|Lafayette College||Contact school for information||Lafayette Admissions|
|Lawrence University||Test optional. Contact school for more information.||Lawrence Admissions|
|Lehigh University||Contact school for information||Lehigh Admissions|
|Loyola University Maryland||Test optional. Contact school for information||Loyola Admissions|
|Miami University||Miami superscores, using the highest test scores submitted for admission and scholarship consideration. For ACT, the highest scores for each subtest from different exams will determine a combined highest composite score.||Miami University Admissions|
|Middlebury||Middlebury will “super score” standardized test results—we will accept the highest score from each section of the SAT, the ACT or SAT II Subject Tests, regardless of sitting, and sum the best scores across sittings of the same test.||Middlebury Admissions|
|MIT||If you take the same test (SAT, ACT, or an SAT Subject Test) multiple times, we will consider the highest score achieved in each section.||MIT Admissions|
|Millsaps College||Contact school for information||Millsaps Admissions|
|NYU||Contact school for information||NYU Admissions|
|Northeastern||Contact school for information||Northeastern Admissions|
|North Carolina State University||We look at your highest sub-score from each section across your test dates to create a super-score so we encourage you to take the test more than once and submit all your scores.||NC State Admissions|
|Olin College||We take your best score from each test and disregard the others.||Olin Admissions|
|Pitzer||Test optional. Contact school for information.||Pitzer Admissions|
|Pomona College||We will consider your highest section scores on the SAT by superscoring; we will also superscore ACT section scores.||Pomona Admissions|
|Purdue||We will always use the best available score for admission decisions and scholarship consideration and will not penalize you if earlier scores were lower.||Purdue Admissions|
|Regis||Test optional. Contact school for information.||Regis Admissions|
|Rhode Island School of Design||Contact school for information||RISD Admissions|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Contact school for information||RIT Admissions|
|Roger Williams||Test optional. RWU will take your highest score from each section of the SAT regardless of the exam date. If you submit both an SAT and an ACT score, we will use the composite score that is in your best interest per the official concordance data.||Roger Williams Admissions|
|Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology||Contact school for information||Rose-Hulman Admissions|
|Saint Mary's College||Contact school for information||Saint Mary's Admissions|
|Seattle University||Seattle University employs the highest sub-scores on the ACT when making admission and scholarship decisions.||Seattle Admissions|
|Seton Hall University||Seton Hall super scores the ACT.||Seton Hall Admissions|
|Spring Hill College||Contact school for information||Spring Hill Admissions|
|Stanford||For the ACT, we will review all subscores and will focus on the highest Composite and the highest English and writing scores from all test sittings.||Stanford Admissions|
|Syracuse||Contact school for information||Syracuse Admissions|
|Texas Christian University||If you submit scores from more than one sitting of the ACT, we will consider your highest section scores across multiple sittings or test dates (“Super-Score”). We will consider your highest English, Math, Reading, and Science scores even if you earn them on separate test dates for the ACT.||TCU Admissions|
|Towson University||Contact school for information||Towson Admissions|
|Trinity College||Test optional. If you decide to submit standardized test scores, Trinity will accept the highest scores on all tests (they need not be from the same exam date).||Trinity College Admissions|
|Trinity University||Trinity University will super score standardized test scores by taking the best subtest score and creating a new composite score regardless of test date.||Trinity U Admissions|
|Troy University||Contact school for information||Troy Admissions|
|Tufts University||When taken multiple times, we will use your highest sub-score for each section.||Tufts Admissions|
|University of Arkansas||Contact school for information||U Arkansas Admissions|
|University of Chicago||We will superscore both the SAT and the ACT, meaning that if you have taken either test more than once, you should submit all your scores, and we will add your highest subsection scores together to give you the highest possible combined score.||U Chicago Admissions|
|University of Colorado—Boulder||Your highest scores are used in the admission decision. If you take the same test more than once, we combine your scores on each subsection to give you the highest overall score.||U Colorado Admissions|
|University of Connecticut||We will combine the highest scores from each subsection of an exam to create the best overall score (within same exam formats) for exams taken more than once.||U Conn Admissions|
|University of Dayton||Contact school for information||U Dayton Admissions|
|University of Delaware||Contact school for information||U Delaware Admissions|
|University of Denver||If you’ve taken either test more than once, we’ll combine the best scores from the individual sections of each test to create an ideal “superscore.”||U Denver Admissions|
|University of Georgia||If a student takes the SAT or ACT more than once, we will consider the best scores we receive for each section on either exam.||U Georgia Admissions|
|University of Maryland||We use the highest subscores from the SAT and ACT in our review of your application.||U Maryland Admissions|
|University of Mary Washington||Test optional. Contact school for information.||U Mary Washington Admissions|
|UMass Amherst||Contact school for information||U Mass Admissions|
|University of Miami||We will use the highest composite score from among each test that you’ve taken. This is called super scoring. There is no limit to the number of test scores you may submit to us for your application.||University of Miami Admissions|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||If you send us scores from multiple test dates, we’ll take your highest score for each section of the test and consider those scores as we evaluate your application.||UNC Admissions|
|University of North Texas||Contact school for information||UNT Admissions|
|University of Pittsburgh||We will use the highest of the SAT superscore or the ACT composite score in reviewing your application for admission.||U Pitt Admissions|
|University of Puget Sound||Test optional. Contact school for information.||Puget Sound Admissions|
|University of Rhode Island||We “superscore” your ACT results ... using the English, math, reading and science sections.||Rhode Island Admissions|
|University of Rochester||Only your highest SAT or ACT sub-scores will be considered in our final decision, even if they are from different test dates.||U Rochester Admissions|
|University of South Florida||The University of South Florida considers your highest submitted section scores across all SAT and ACT test dates. Final admission decisions will be made using only your highest cumulative scores. Each time you submit test scores to USF, we will update your record with any new high scores.||USF Admissions|
|University of Tampa||Contact school for information||U Tampa Admissions|
|University of Tennessee||We use the super scoring method of combining test scores into a new composite score.||U Tennesse Admissions|
|University of Vermont||Applicants are encouraged to send scores from every SAT or ACT test date in which they received a top score in each section. Final admissions decisions are based only on your highest section scores, and UVM updates applicant records each time we receive new scores.||U Vermont Admissions|
|Valparaiso University||We evaluate the ACT or SAT according to your “superscore,” which is a composition of your best subscores regardless of test date. Be sure to send in all your test scores for consideration.||Valparaiso Admissions|
|Vassar College||In assessing ACT scores, Vassar uses the highest subscores taken from multiple test dates and recalculates a new composite score.||Vassar Admissions|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Contact school for information||VCU Admissions|
|Virginia Tech||Contact school for information||Virgnia Tech Admissions|
|Wake Forest University||Test optional. Contact school for information.||Wake Forest Admissions|
|Washington University in St. Louis||For the ACT, Washington University considers your highest section scores across all the test dates that you submit. Each time you submit scores, we will update your record with any new high scores (so-called "Super Scores").||WUSTL Admissions|
|Wesleyan University||Test optional. We will recalculate a new composite ACT score from subsections taken on different dates.||Wesleyan Admissions|
|Wheaton College||The submission of standardized test results is optional for all candidates.||Wheaton Admissions|
|Williams College||Contact school for information||Williams Admissions|
|Xavier University||Contact school for information||Xavier Admissions|
Let us know in the comments if we missed any schools, or if any schools have changed so we can provide you with the most updated list!
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Tips for Applying to Superscoring Schools
If your college superscores the ACT, you should, too! What I mean by this is that you can concentrate on one to two sections for each test date to build up your highest ACT superscore.
If this is your strategy, you will have to start taking the ACT tests earlier to ensure that you have enough test dates to maximize your score. Some schools require that you send all of your scores from every time you took the ACT, so we do not recommend having huge fluctuations in your section scores. In other words, give your best effort on every administration of the test.
However, this focused study plan may help you build a strong “superscore” that's a great asset to your college application.
Every piece of your application is important to building a successful whole. By carefully crafting a testing plan, researching your schools’ policies, and preparing strategically and intensively for test day, you'll be well on your way to creating an outstanding college application!
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Rebecca graduated with her Master's in Adolescent Counseling from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has years of teaching and college counseling experience and is passionate about helping students achieve their goals and improve their well-being. She graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT.