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 1280/1460
    • ACT Range 29/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.81*
    • Students: 28,172
    • Tuition:$55,230
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 42%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 42%
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    George Washington University

    • SAT Range 1240/1410
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.75*
    • Students: 5,460
    • Tuition:$49,880
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 43%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 43%
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    Bentley University

    • SAT Range 1260/1430
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.5
    • Students: 2,637
    • Tuition:$42,976
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 34%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 39%
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    Trinity University

    • SAT Range 1160/1400
    • ACT Range 24/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.99
    • Students: 38,167
    • Tuition:$14,402
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 41%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 48%
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    University of California Davis

    • SAT Range 1290/1470
    • ACT Range 29/33
    • Average HS GPA 4.11
    • Students: 41,200
    • Tuition:$10,595
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg -
    • Acceptance Rate 47%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 40%
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    University of Maryland College Park

    • SAT Range 1200/1390
    • ACT Range 26/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 4,573
    • Tuition:$46,852
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 36%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 46%
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    Emerson College

    • SAT Range 1220/1380
    • ACT Range 27/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.7*
    • Students: 14,311
    • Tuition:$48,459
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 32%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 38%
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    American University

    • SAT Range 1270/1440
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.66
    • Students: 8,642
    • Tuition:$51,711
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 50%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 50%
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    Santa Clara University

    • SAT Range 1290/1500
    • ACT Range 29/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.74
    • Students: 2,335
    • Tuition:$49,998
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 51%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 51%
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    Mount Holyoke College

    • SAT Range 1310/1440
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 17,768
    • Tuition:$9,853
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 40%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 40%
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    SUNY at Binghamton

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.