Is 30 a good ACT score?

If you got a 30 ACT score, you're probably wondering how you compare to other students, and whether a 30 is good enough to get into college.

The truth is, it depends on your personal college goals and where you want to apply. We have the complete guide for you here. On this page, you'll find statistics about your score and what colleges you're competitive for. You can also use our Chance Estimator tool to figure out your chances of getting into your target schools.

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30 ACT Score Standings

Here's how you compare to other students and how many colleges you are competitive for:

  • score-percent Percentile: 95th

    Out of the 1.84 million test-takers, 92000 scored the same or higher than you.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 1382 Schools

    You can apply to 1382 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 60 Schools

    You have a very low chance of getting into 60 with this score.

Top Choice Colleges Chances

Can you get into your top choice colleges?

We've collected data from millions of students and thousands of colleges to figure out your chances at getting admitted with a 30 ACT score. You'll also see how your chances improve with a higher ACT score.

To add a school to your list, type in part of the school name, choose from the dropdown, and click the button.


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  • be competitive for 59 more schools in the country
  • raise your chances of getting into target schools from 73.08% to 76.20%
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Other Schools For You

What schools can you get into with an ACT score of 30?

We've picked out a set of schools that are within range. Click on each school to learn more about it.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are hard for you to get into now, because they have average ACT scores that are higher than a 30. But if you improve your ACT score, you'll have a much better shot.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1510 2181 32
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1440 2050 32
Tufts University Medford, MA 1490 2149 32
Brown University Providence, RI 1500 2178 32
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1490 2150 32
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1370 1940 31
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1450 2080 31

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average ACT scores that are close to a 30. If you apply to these schools, you'll have a decent chance of admission. If you improve your ACT score by 4 points, you'll significantly improve your chances .

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1010 1376 30
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1360 1929 29
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1290 1815 29
Boston University Boston, MA 1370 1946 29
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1310 1849 28
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1340 1898 28
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1310 1846 28

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a 30 ACT score, you're already strongly competitive for these schools. You're very likely to get admitted if you apply. If you improve your ACT score, your Safety Schools will get better and better.

School Name Location SAT Avg (1600) SAT Avg (2400) ACT Avg
University of Connecticut Storrs, CT 1300 1839 28
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1270 1786 27
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1270 1775 27
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 910 1226 27
Drexel University Philadelphia, PA 1270 1782 27
Hofstra University Hempstead, NY 870 1178 27
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1230 1719 26


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