Western Colleges for a 21 on the ACT

What Western colleges can I apply to with an ACT score of 21?

With a 21 on the ACT, these Western colleges are a good match for your score

Looking at the most recent published freshman class ACT scores for all Western colleges, we've found 96 schools where submitting a 21 with your college application places you around the middle ACT score range of admitted students' average ACT scores. They represent the most popular schools where you will be a competitive applicant and those which have historically accepted a 21 ACT score. You can view your reach schools and safety schools by using the admission chance filter. Keep in mind, an ACT score alone won't get you admitted. It's equally important to have the GPA that the college is expecting for incoming students.

Is a 21 a good ACT score?

A score of 21 is a little better than average. It places you in the top 57th percentile nationally out of the 2 million test takers of the ACT entrance exam. The score indicates you've done a slightly above average job answering the questions on the English, Math, Reading and Science sections of the test. If a 21 isn't strong enough to get into your dream school, consider taking a test prep course to see if you can raise your score.

What is the SAT equivalent to a 21 ACT score?

For comparison purposes, a 21 on the ACT converts to a 1080 on the SAT based on the College Board / ACT concordance. Not all colleges report both SAT and ACT score admission data so you should check our comparable listings for both standardized tests to find academically similar schools.


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96 results

List of 21 ACT Colleges

Displaying 96 colleges where your 21 ACT score is within the typical range of past accepted students. You have a chance at being accepted but admission may be challenging at more selective colleges. Hint: Filter by admission chance for 288 target schools (good chance), 78 reach (harder) schools and 171 safety (easier) schools you can consider.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
H
Honolulu, HI
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

23 Average ACT

#1 Best Public Universities in Hawaii

  • 17,710enrollment
  • $15,441net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 1070-1270SAT range
  • 21-26ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance47%
San Jose State University
S
San Jose, CA
San Jose State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

22 Average ACT

#12 Best Public Universities in California

  • 35,400enrollment
  • $14,471net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1260SAT range
  • 18-27ACT range
  • 3.31Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance61%
California State University Long Beach
C
Long Beach, CA
California State University Long Beach

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

23 Average ACT

#11 Best Public Universities in California

  • 37,466enrollment
  • $9,903net price
  • 39%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1250SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.5Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance31%
San Francisco State University
S
San Francisco, CA
San Francisco State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

20 Average ACT

#18 Best Public Universities in California

  • 29,778enrollment
  • $15,166net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 940-1150SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance71%
Washington State University
W
Pullman, WA
Washington State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

23 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in Washington

  • 31,478enrollment
  • $18,002net price
  • 76%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1230SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance69%
Oregon State University
O
Corvallis, OR
Oregon State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

24 Average ACT

#2 Best Public Universities in Oregon

  • 30,986enrollment
  • $19,273net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1080-1320SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.56Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance74%
Boise State University
B
Boise, ID
Boise State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

23 Average ACT

#3 Best Colleges in Idaho

  • 25,504enrollment
  • $13,237net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1230SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.4Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance70%
California State University Fullerton
C
Fullerton, CA
California State University Fullerton

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

21 Average ACT

#16 Best Public Universities in California

  • 40,280enrollment
  • $8,294net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1200SAT range
  • 19-24ACT range
  • 3.48Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance53%
California State University Sacramento
C
Sacramento, CA
California State University Sacramento

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

19 Average ACT

#22 Best Public Universities in California

  • 31,902enrollment
  • $10,271net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 940-1140SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance87%
University of Nevada Las Vegas
N
Las Vegas, NV
University of Nevada Las Vegas

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

22 Average ACT

#2 Best Colleges in Nevada

  • 30,457enrollment
  • $12,403net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1250SAT range
  • 19-25ACT range
  • 3.25Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance78%
Montana State University
M
Bozeman, MT
Montana State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

24 Average ACT

#3 Best Colleges in Montana

  • 16,814enrollment
  • $16,746net price
  • 82%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1310SAT range
  • 21-27ACT range
  • 3.3Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance73%
California State University Chico
C
Chico, CA
California State University Chico

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

21 Average ACT

#15 Best Public Universities in California

  • 17,578enrollment
  • $14,843net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • 990-1190SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.21Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance72%
Utah State University
U
Logan, UT
Utah State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

24 Average ACT

#3 Best Value Colleges in Utah

  • 27,932enrollment
  • $13,452net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 1050-1310SAT range
  • 21-28ACT range
  • 3.46Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance87%
Portland State University
P
Portland, OR
Portland State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

21 Average ACT

#4 Best Public Universities in Oregon

  • 25,711enrollment
  • $12,710net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • 1000-1220SAT range
  • 18-24ACT range
  • 3.38Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance96%
California State University Fresno
C
Fresno, CA
California State University Fresno

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

19 Average ACT

#20 Best Public Universities in California

  • 25,137enrollment
  • $6,002net price
  • 58%acceptance rate
  • 940-1130SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
  • 3.33Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance66%
Azusa Pacific University
A
Azusa, CA
 
Azusa Pacific University

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

23 Average ACT

#16 Best Private Colleges in California

  • 10,095enrollment
  • $27,707net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1030-1260SAT range
  • 20-26ACT range
  • 3.64Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance59%
University of Northern Colorado
N
Greeley, CO
University of Northern Colorado

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

22 Average ACT

#5 Best Public Universities in Colorado

  • 13,437enrollment
  • $15,965net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 970-1200SAT range
  • 19-26ACT range
  • 3.29Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance90%
Sonoma State University
S
Rohnert Park, CA
Sonoma State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

20 Average ACT

#17 Best Public Universities in California

  • 9,459enrollment
  • $17,086net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 970-1170SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
  • 3.2Avg GPA
Your 21 ACT
Admission Chance92%