Is 33 a good ACT score?

If you got a 33 ACT score, you're probably wondering how you compare to other students, and whether a 33 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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33 ACT Score Standings

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

  • score-percent Percentile: 99th

    Out of the 1.91 million test-takers, 19148 scored the same or higher than you.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 1475 Schools

    You can apply to 1475 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 24 Schools

    You have a very low chance of getting into 24 schools 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 33 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.


What if you improved your ACT score by 3 points? You would:
  • be competitive for 24 more schools in the country
  • raise your chances of getting into target schools from 78.00% to 79.27%
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Other Schools For You

What schools can you get into with an ACT score of 33?

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 33. But if you improve your ACT score, you'll have a much better shot.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 1535 35
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1500 34
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 1505 34
Brown University Providence, RI 1485 34

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average ACT scores that are close to a 33. If you apply to these schools, you'll have a decent chance of admission. If you improve your ACT score by 3 points, you'll significantly improve your chances .

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1420 33
Tufts University Medford, MA 1465 33
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1395 33
Boston University Boston, MA 1420 32
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1409 31
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1300 30
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1350 30

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a 33 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 ACT Avg
Binghamton University Vestal, NY 1375 30
Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY 1335 29
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1290 29
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1355 29


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