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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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What does a 3.3 GPA mean for college applications?

Hey everyone, my GPA is a 3.3 and I wanted to know how competitive it is when applying for colleges. Should I be aiming for higher, or is this a good place to be?

7 months ago

Hi there! A 3.3 GPA is considered slightly above average on the national level, however it's actual impact on admissions depends on the average GPA of admitted students to the particular colleges you are interested in. While your GPA is a good starting point, admission to colleges depends on a variety of factors, such as the competitiveness of the schools you're applying to, the rigor of your coursework, your test scores (if applicable), and your extracurricular activities.

If you're aiming for more competitive colleges, it might be helpful to try to bring your GPA up a bit. Remember, though, that colleges also value an upward trend in your grades, so even if your GPA started lower, improvements over time would be viewed positively.

Ultimately, the focus should be on finding colleges that are a good fit for you academically and socially, rather than solely based on GPA. Think about your interests, goals, and the type of college experience you would like to have, and use that to guide your college search.

7 months ago

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