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Is a 2.7 GPA Good? Colleges that Accept a 2.7 GPA

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While it’s true that GPA is one of the most important factors considered by college admissions officers, it’s a myth that you’re doomed if you don’t have a 4.0. However, with a 2.7 GPA, there are unfortunately some schools that are unlikely to accept you.


But each college prioritizes different things in its student body, and there are plenty of schools that recognize a GPA doesn’t tell an applicant’s full story. This post will present you with a list of colleges that regularly accept applicants with a 2.7 GPA.


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Is 2.7 a Good GPA? 


Every college evaluates GPAs differently, but for some general context, a 2016 study found that the national average GPA for SAT test takers is a 3.38, which corresponds to about a B+ in terms of letter grades. Obviously, that’s higher than a 2.7, which corresponds to a B- on the letter grade scale.


But again, whether or not a 2.7 is a good GPA depends on which school is reviewing your application. For example, many schools list a 2.5 as the minimum GPA they will consider, which means that a 2.7 will clear their initial academic threshold. So, you will still have plenty of options to consider with a 2.7 GPA.


If you want to see how your GPA stacks up at your dream schools, check out our free Chancing Engine. It will also take your test scores, extracurriculars, and course rigor into account, and let you know how to improve your profile.


How Do Colleges Evaluate GPAs?


As noted above, the answer to this question will vary from school to school. Many admissions committees actually recalculate applicants’ GPAs using their own method, so that they can give appropriate weight to the factors they feel are most important. 


For example, some colleges weight AP or honors classes more heavily, or include only core classes (math, science, history, English, and foreign language), not electives, in their calculation. This first strategy may be one you are familiar with, if your high school gives you a weighted GPA. If you have not heard of weighted GPAs before, and want to know more, you can check out our post on the difference between weighted and unweighted GPA.


Finally, it’s important to note that your GPA isn’t the only factor colleges use to evaluate your academic achievements. Your standardized test scores are also considered, so if your GPA isn’t as high as you would like, a strong SAT or ACT score can help your chances of acceptance. The combination of an applicant’s GPA and test score is often referred to as their Academic Index.


Which Colleges Accept a 2.7 GPA?


Below is a list of the top colleges that have freshman classes with an average high school GPA of 2.7.


It’s worth noting that the schools on this list aren’t the only institutions students with a 2.7 GPA should consider. A number of universities don’t publish accepted students’ average GPAs due to variations in how high schools calculate GPA, so do your research before definitively deciding whether or not to include a school on your list.


School Name Location Undergrad Enrollment Acceptance Rate
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, AR 2,352 Not reported
Florida Memorial University Miami, FL 887 38%
Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY 2,135 65%
Fisher College Boston, MA 1,253 72%
Rust College Holly Springs, MS 623 29%
Bloomfield College Bloomfield, NJ 1,299 84%
The State University of New York at Morrisville | SUNY Morrisville Morrisville, NY 1,957 81%
Pittsburgh Technical College Oakdale, PA 1,559 Not reported
Virginia Union University Richmond, VA 1,170 71%


How to Improve Your GPA


Especially if you are a freshman or sophomore, you may still be hoping to raise your GPA, to give you a better chance of acceptance at more colleges. Here are some suggestions of how you can improve your GPA.


Seek Academic Help


While struggling in a class can feel isolating or even embarrassing, remember that your teachers are there to help you! You won’t be the first student to ever need extra help, so they’ll likely already have some suggestions ready for you. Sometimes even a seemingly small change to your study habits, like the way you take notes, can go a long way.


If your school offers study groups or tutoring, those are also excellent resources to take advantage of. And if not, think about setting up an informal study group with friends, or utilizing some of the many free academic help resources available online, like Khan Academy.


You never know, approaching your teachers and demonstrating your desire to succeed might just be the difference between a B- and a B when it comes time for teachers to submit grades!


Take Easier Classes


Very few students go through high school without running into a class or subject that’s especially difficult for them. That doesn’t mean you should panic over one low test score, or shoot for the “easy A.” However, if, for example, math has always been challenging for you and you’re in an accelerated geometry course, consider switching down a level. That will not only make that class more manageable, but also leave you with more time and energy to dedicate to your other courses.


Increase Your Course Load


If you have an opening in your schedule, from a free period or an early dismissal for seniors, filling that gap with a class in a subject you enjoy and are successful in can help raise your GPA. You want to be careful not to overextend yourself, especially if you have a busy extracurricular schedule or sometimes struggle to manage your time. But if there is a class that appeals to you and won’t limit your ability to take care of your other commitments, think about signing up!


What If You Don’t Have Time to Improve Your GPA?


Of course, you always want to shoot for good grades, but unfortunately, if you’re a junior or senior, you just don’t have much time left to substantially improve your GPA. And remember that schools also consider test scores when calculating your Academic Index.


So, since there are only so many hours in the day, spending a little extra time studying for the SAT or ACT may be more productive than dedicating that time to your homework, as a strong test score can have a big impact on your chances of acceptance.


Short Bio
Adrian is a current senior at Dartmouth College, originally from Seattle, WA. At Dartmouth, she studies philosophy and neuroscience, and has been involved with research in the philosophy department, sexual assault prevention on campus, and mentorship programs for first year students. She spent her junior fall studying abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.