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 1.84 million test-takers, 18400 scored the same or higher than you.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 1485 Schools

    You can apply to 1485 colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 11 Schools

    You have a very low chance of getting into 11 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 11 more schools in the country
  • raise your chances of getting into target schools from 78.53% to 79.11%
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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 1528 34
Yale University New Haven, CT 1505 34
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 1530 34
Columbia University New York, NY 1515 34
Princeton University Princeton, NJ 1500 33
Tufts University Medford, MA 1475 33
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, PA 1495 33

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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
University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 1490 33
Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA 1405 32
Brown University Providence, RI 1488 32
Villanova University Villanova, PA 1345 32
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1478 32
Boston University Boston, MA 1380 31
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 1415 31

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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
New York University New York, NY 1382 31
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY 1399 30
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, TX 1315 29
University of Washington Seattle, WA 1310 29
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1385 28
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 1177 27


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