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Is a 2.8 GPA considered good?

As a junior in high school, I currently have a 2.8 GPA. I'm worried that it might hurt my college applications, especially for more competitive schools. Is this considered a good GPA, or should I work on improving it for a better chance at admission?

7 months ago

It's understandable that you're concerned about your GPA and how it will affect your college application process. A 2.8 GPA is considered below average, as a 3.0 is typically used as a baseline for what's considered a 'good' GPA.

That said, don't get discouraged! Many factors can contribute to a lower GPA, and it's important to keep in mind that the college admissions process considers other elements in addition to your GPA. While most competitive schools will have a higher average GPA, you shouldn’t entirely rule out applying to them.

Do make sure to have a balanced list of safety, target, and reach schools, however, as you want to be realistic about your chances. You can find a list of schools that regularly accept applicants with a 2.8 GPA here: https://blog.collegevine.com/is-2-8-gpa-good-for-college.

If you can, focus on improving your GPA this year and next year. You can find some tips on how to do so on CollegeVine's blog: https://blog.collegevine.com/improve-your-high-school-gpa-with-these-5-strategies.

Additionally, strong involvement in extracurricular activities, demonstrated leadership, and overall personal growth across high school can positively contribute to your application. Remember, everyone's journey is unique, and no single aspect of a college application will completely determine whether or not you're accepted.

Finally, if there were factors outside of your control that negatively impacted your GPA, consider writing about them in the 'Additional Information' section of the Common App. You can read about how to do so in another one of CollegeVine's blog posts: https://blog.collegevine.com/how-to-explain-exceptional-personal-circumstances-on-applications.

Keep working hard, and I know you'll have good options to choose from!

7 months ago

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