The Best Colleges for a 30 on the ACT

What colleges can I apply to with an ACT score of 30?

With a 30 on the ACT, these are the colleges you have a chance to get into

Looking at the most recent published freshman class ACT scores for all U.S. colleges, we've found 254 schools where a 30 ACT places you within or slightly outside the middle fifty percent of admitted students. The colleges are ranked by their position on our best colleges ranking. They represent the better schools you have a competitive chance of getting into and those which have historically accepted a 30 ACT score. 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 30 on the ACT a good score?

Yes, a score of 30 is excellent. It places you in the top 93rd percentile nationally out of the 2 million students taking the ACT entrance exam this year. The score indicates you've done a significantly above above average job answering the questions on the English, Math, Reading and Science sections of the test.

For comparison purposes, a 30 on the ACT converts to a 1370 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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Displaying 254 target schools where your ACT score is within the typical range of past accepted applicants. You have a competitive chance at being accepted but admission is not a sure thing. Hint: You also have 46 reach schools and 975 safety schools you can consider.

    • SAT Range 1330/1520
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.86*
    • Students: 2,534
    • Tuition:$53,732
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 20%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 13%
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    Wellesley College

    • SAT Range 1370/1530
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.89*
    • Students: 1,716
    • Tuition:$52,392
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 16%
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    Grinnell College

    • SAT Range 1330/1510
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.82
    • Students: 46,716
    • Tuition:$15,262
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 23%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 15%
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    University of Michigan

    • SAT Range 1330/1500
    • ACT Range 30/34
    • Average HS GPA 4.22
    • Students: 24,639
    • Tuition:$17,653
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 26%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 17%
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    University of Virginia Main Campus

    • SAT Range 1310/1510
    • ACT Range 29/34
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 51,847
    • Tuition:$51,828
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 20%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 17%
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    New York University

    • SAT Range 1290/1450
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.9
    • Students: 1,843
    • Tuition:$51,447
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 19%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 15%
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    Davidson College

    • SAT Range 1300/1480
    • ACT Range 30/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.13
    • Students: 1,071
    • Tuition:$55,024
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 18%
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    Scripps College

    • SAT Range 1280/1500
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.87
    • Students: 5,800
    • Tuition:$55,395
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 31%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 26%
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    Brandeis University

    • SAT Range 1330/1500
    • ACT Range 30/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 34,657
    • Tuition:$53,948
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 22%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 17%
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    Boston University

    • SAT Range 1270/1480
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.6
    • Students: 30,011
    • Tuition:$8,987
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 23%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 19%
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    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, a score of 30 is excellent. The score puts you in the top 93rd percentile of those who take the test. Explore colleges you can get into with a 30 ACT score.

Wellesley College, Grinnell College and University of Michigan are some of the best colleges that you have a competitive chance of getting into. Explore the full list: Colleges for a 30 ACT score.

A 30 ranks in the top 93rd percentile of all students who take the ACT exam.

A 30 converts to a 1370 on the SAT using College Board / ACT concordance tables. Explore the colleges: Colleges for a 1370 SAT score.