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 1180/1440
    • ACT Range 26/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 2,467
    • Tuition:$50,960
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 24%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 27%
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    • SAT Range 1300/1460
    • ACT Range 29/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.8*
    • Students: 2,235
    • Tuition:$56,910
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 34%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 34%
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    Trinity College

    • SAT Range 1250/1440
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.46
    • Students: 2,642
    • Tuition:$53,630
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 29%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 34%
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    Lafayette College

    • SAT Range 1230/1460
    • ACT Range 27/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.96
    • Students: 25,976
    • Tuition:$14,391
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 32%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 32%
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    University of California Santa Barbara

    • SAT Range 1290/1460
    • ACT Range 30/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.81*
    • Students: 4,002
    • Tuition:$52,610
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 30%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 23%
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    University of Richmond

    • SAT Range 1310/1500
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.81*
    • Students: 2,174
    • Tuition:$54,344
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 35%
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    Macalester College

    • SAT Range 1250/1420
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.54
    • Students: 3,668
    • Tuition:$56,092
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 33%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 33%
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    Bucknell University

    • SAT Range 1310/1520
    • ACT Range 30/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.9
    • Students: 1,503
    • Tuition:$56,340
      Admissions Standards  Exceptionally High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 35%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 27%
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    Reed College

    • SAT Range 1280/1490
    • ACT Range 29/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.57
    • Students: 2,812
    • Tuition:$55,052
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 36%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 36%
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    Oberlin College

    • SAT Range 1270/1450
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 1,930
    • Tuition:$54,686
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 37%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 37%
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    Occidental 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.