Ivy League colleges have become extremely selective. Gone are the days when half of all applicants could gain entrance (wouldn’t it be great if they still did that?!). Now these schools only admit around 10% of applicants: 6% on the low end (Harvard) and 15% on the high end (Cornell).


If you want to submit a competitive application to one of these colleges, you’ll want to make sure your ACT scores fall within that college’s typical range of scores.

Remember, however, that ACT scores aren’t everything in college admissions. While they are very important, they can’t guarantee an automatic acceptance. Grades, extracurriculars, essays, recommendation letters and everything else that you put into your application are also critical to the process.

This list provides the most recent (as of 2015) middle 50% of ACT scores at Ivy League colleges. In other words, the middle 50% of admitted students score within this range, while 25% scored below it and 25% scored above it.

In order to submit a competitive application, aim for the middle of this range or above at your target school. That will ensure that your ACT score is either on par with or greater than the average ACT score at that college.

Brown                        30 – 34  Target: 32

Columbia                   32 – 35  Target: 34

Cornell                       30 – 34  Target: 32

Dartmouth                 30 – 34  Target: 32

Harvard                     32 – 35  Target: 34

Princeton                   31 – 35  Target: 33

U Penn                      31 – 34  Target: 33

Yale                           32 – 35  Target: 34

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