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Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
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Can I be admitted with a 1.5 GPA?

Alright, so I’ll be straight with you guys, my GPA is a 1.5. I know it's not great, and I've had my struggles during high school, but I still want to apply to college. Am I completely out of chances or are there colleges that would still consider me with this GPA? I'm feeling kinda lost here, so any advice would help.

15 days ago

Firstly, don't lose heart. It's true that a GPA of 1.5 is below average and that the majority of competitive colleges will look for GPA averages that are decidedly higher. However, this does not mean college is off the table, or that you can't have success in a post-secondary environment.

Community colleges, for instance, generally have an open-door policy and don't have strict requirements for GPA. They offer associate degrees and certificate programs, and many students begin their post-secondary education at community colleges before transferring to 4-year institutions. Community colleges also have support systems designed to help students who struggle acadically catch up, so starting at a community college could help you strengthen your academic skills.

Also, there are some 4-year institutions that may still consider applicants with lower GPAs if they show potential in other areas. Some colleges are test optional and value life experiences, unique abilities, personal endeavors, and distinctive attributes that demonstrate academic potential and motivation. When you apply, take time to work on your application essay and make sure it's well written and compelling. Carefully explain your struggles in high school, what you've learned from them and the steps you've taken to improve.

Furthermore, consider taking the SAT or ACT if you haven't already done so. Strong scores in these standardized tests can underline your academic potential and make up for a low GPA to some extent.

Remember, where there's a will there's a way. Education is a journey, and there are many paths that can lead to success.

15 days ago

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