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 1,245 safety schools you can consider.

    • SAT Range 1030/1290
    • ACT Range 22/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.45
    • Students: 2,178
    • Tuition:$48,630
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 64%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 79%
    • SAT Range 1150/1350
    • ACT Range 24/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.75
    • Students: 8,910
    • Tuition:$39,916
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 71%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 81%
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    Creighton University

    • SAT Range 1090/1280
    • ACT Range 22/28
    • Average HS GPA 3.67
    • Students: 1,042
    • Tuition:$9,371
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 38%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 60%
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    University of North Carolina School of the Arts

    • SAT Range 1150/1330
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.99
    • Students: 6,991
    • Tuition:$35,319
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 72%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 83%
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    Elon University

    • SAT Range 1200/1380
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.63
    • Students: 19,934
    • Tuition:$15,380
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 75%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 85%
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    Miami University

    • SAT Range 1120/1310
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.8
    • Students: 2,220
    • Tuition:$8,874
      Admissions Standards  Difficult Requirements
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 76%
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    SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

    • SAT Range 1120/1310
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.65
    • Students: 17,007
    • Tuition:$44,048
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 68%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 80%
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    Loyola University Chicago

    • SAT Range 1070/1330
    • ACT Range 22/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.32
    • Students: 21,974
    • Tuition:$8,650
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 57%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 74%
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    Mississippi State University

    • SAT Range 1210/1400
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.68
    • Students: 1,895
    • Tuition:$7,770
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 23%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 38%
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    New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

    • SAT Range 1210/1420
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.71
    • Students: 2,944
    • Tuition:$36,420
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 83%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 86%
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    Wheaton College

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.