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 1230/1410
    • ACT Range 28/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.74*
    • Students: 2,947
    • Tuition:$49,532
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 61%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 61%
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    Furman University

    • SAT Range 1160/1360
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.59
    • Students: 46,810
    • Tuition:$18,454
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 71%
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    Penn State Main Campus

    • SAT Range 1190/1360
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.88
    • Students: 9,073
    • Tuition:$49,358
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 53%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 68%
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    University of San Diego

    • SAT Range 1120/1340
    • ACT Range 23/29
    • Average HS GPA 3.82
    • Students: 2,542
    • Tuition:$40,652
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 39%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 56%
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    University of Dallas

    • SAT Range 1200/1460
    • ACT Range 24/33
    • Average HS GPA 3.78*
    • Students: 527
    • Tuition:$53,343
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 58%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 64%
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    St John's College

    • SAT Range 1240/1420
    • ACT Range 27/32
    • Average HS GPA 3.6
    • Students: 1,709
    • Tuition:$55,900
      Admissions Standards  Extremely High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 56%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 61%
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    Sarah Lawrence College

    • SAT Range 1190/1370
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.68
    • Students: 9,608
    • Tuition:$52,724
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 54%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 69%
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    Chapman University

    • SAT Range 1140/1400
    • ACT Range 22/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.51
    • Students: 6,479
    • Tuition:$43,500
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 72%
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    Yeshiva University

    • SAT Range 1130/1370
    • ACT Range 25/30
    • Average HS GPA 3.66
    • Students: 2,004
    • Tuition:$50,250
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  High
    • Acceptance Rate 54%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 69%
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    The College of Wooster

    • SAT Range 1190/1410
    • ACT Range 25/31
    • Average HS GPA 3.3*
    • Students: 50,254
    • Tuition:$14,974
      Admissions Standards  Very High Standards
    • Your 30 ACT  Avg +
    • Acceptance Rate 60%
    • Estimated Admission Chance 68%
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    Rutgers University New Brunswick

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.