Rising student with low ACT: Retake???

<p>Hey guys,
I'm a freshman political science major at a top 125 school (According to U.S. + World) coming off of a relatively strong 1st semester (3.6 GPA/17 cred.) given my low performance in HS. I started to wake up as a junior but it was too late. In HS, I managed a 3.2 GPA and a 22 ACT score after the first time. I didn't do much prep for the ACT, but by the time I received my score it was too late to retake, I had to move on to the things on the Apps that I could control. Given such lack luster stats I managed to get into a respectable state university, but I realized quickly that the students didn't match my newly developed intellectual curiosity. As a result, I channeled my frustration into my school work, got involved with great organizations and began to assert myself as a hard working, well-rounded student and human being. After doing much research I decided that transferring would be the best thing for me as my school's poli sci/government program is lacking and socially I want to be engaged intellectually inside and outside the classroom. Here's a short list of schools I'm interested in:
Occidental College
Boston College</p>

<p>It would be a dream to get into any of these schools; however, I'm afraid my ACT score will hold me back in the admissions process. Is it a necessity to retake?</p>