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Kristin Fracchia

Stanford ACT Scores

As someone who emigrated from the East Coast to California, I get it. It’s pretty cool. I mean, just check out this commercial. That’s pretty much what life is like here. But if you are into being both Cali-cool and smart, then Stanford might be right up your alley. And if you are into innovation, technology, or entrepreneurship, well, its prime location in Silicon Valley can open doors to internships or jobs with Facebook or Apple, or plenty of classmates to commiserate with as you launch your start-ups. Not to mention, Stanford’s got famous professors, great sports teams and quirky, mildly risque traditions such as Full Moon on the Quad.


Stanford Average ACT Scores

What kind of ACT score do you need to get into this dream school? 88% of the admitted class had ACT composite scores between 30-36, and even at this echelon of impressive ACT scores, the admit rate is only 6%. Stanford’s overall average ACT composite score is 33. The 25th percentile ACT score is a 31 and the 75th percentile ACT score is a 34. Stanford’s overall admit rate is 5%, meaning that out of the 42,497 students who applied for admission last year, only 2,142 students were admitted. So, yeah, the competition is pretty steep.

The 25th to 75th percentiles for ACT English scores at Stanford range from 32 to 35 and the 25th to 75th percentiles for ACT Math scores range from 30 to 35. In addition to looking at the overall composite score, Stanford also considers individual subscores from each subject.


ACT Essay is Required at Stanford

If you are submitting ACT scores to Stanford, you’ll need to take the ACT with the essay, which means your essay score and your combined English/Writing scores will also be considered, although they are not nearly as important as the overall composite score.


All ACT and SAT Scores Required at Stanford

Stanford requires students to submit all of their test scores, regardless of test. This means that if you take both the ACT and the SAT, you are supposed to submit scores from both tests. Stanford does not use the College Board’s or ACT’s Score Choice feature.


Stanford Average GPA

With such stellar ACT scores often comes stellar GPA scores. 58% of Stanford applicants had a GPA of 4.0 and above, and these students made up 76% of the admitted class. Only 21% of admitted students had a GPA between 3.70 and 3.99 and a mere 3% of admitted students had a GPA below 3.70. This means that if you have a lower GPA than the norm, you’ll probably want a higher ACT score to compensate, as these are the two most important numbers in the admissions game.

If you have your sights set on Stanford, I highly suggest you aim for above the admitted student ACT average score of 33. This allows your ACT score to be a non-issue and Stanford can focus on your other stellar accolades.


About Kristin Fracchia

Kristin makes sure Magoosh's blogs are chock-full of awesome, free resources for students preparing for standardized tests. With a PhD from UC Irvine and degrees in Education and English, she’s been working in education since 2004 and has helped students prepare for standardized tests, as well as college and graduate school admissions, since 2007. She enjoys the agonizing bliss of marathon running, backpacking, hot yoga, and esoteric knowledge.

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