3.0 GPA

B letter grade and 83 percent

3.0 GPA, B letter grade and 83%


If you currently have a 3.0 and are researching what this means to your academic future, this page has resources which will cover the following.

  • Check how your GPA compares with other high school students
  • How to convert a 3.0 into a letter grade or percentage
  • See how much you can raise your current GPA
  • Find out what colleges you can get into with a 3.0

Is a 3.0 good?

A 3.0 is nearly equal to the average U.S. high school GPA and slightly behind the average GPA for college-bound students (3.15 GPA). It indicates that you have earned a mix of B's and C's, with more B's than C's, reflecting an average academic performance. There are many four-year colleges to choose from where a 3.0 GPA is well within the typical GPA range of accepted students. Many colleges are looking for 3.0 and above applicants and use this GPA as an unofficial cutoff for competitive admission.

3.0 letter grade and percentage

A 3.0 grade point average is a numerical representation of your course letter grades on a 4.0 scale. Your 3.0 GPA indicates you averaged B grades in your classes and delivered average performance. The percent equivalent of a 3.0 grade point average is 83% on the percentage grading scale. This means that you scored an average of 83% on tests and assignments. GPA values for B letter grades range from 3.0 to 3.2. Your 3.0 GPA positions you at the lower end of the B range. If you earn B's in all of your classes, you would have a 3.0 GPA. Learn more about what the B letter grade signifies.

How high can I still increase my 3.0 GPA?

The table below will help you see how high or low you can possibly change your GPA if you currently have a 3.0. As you progress in school it becomes more and more difficult to improve your overall grade point average. Select the tab and table column corresponding to the last semester you completed. Then find a row for your predicted future letter grade average. The result would be your GPA at graduation if you can maintain that letter grade.

College acceptance with a 3.0 GPA

By examining the average high school GPA for students who were admitted to 1,368 selective four-year colleges, we can see how a 3.0 compares when applying to college. The large majority of the colleges in the U.S. have an average accepted student GPA higher than a 3.0.

  • 90.72% of colleges have an average incoming student GPA higher than a 3.0
  • 9.28% of colleges have an average incoming student GPA lower than a 3.0

Here are 267 selective four year colleges where the average high school grades for incoming freshman is in the 3.0 range (+/- 0.2). You have a competitive chance getting into all of these schools with a 3.0. Some popular colleges are...

3.0 GPA Colleges Full List

There are 700 reach colleges where you can possibly get in with a 3.0 GPA. Acceptance may be more difficult because your grades are a bit lower than their average or competition for acceptance is high.

Additionally, you should keep in mind these 461 safety schools where their average GPA is either lower or the colleges have open admission policies (100% acceptance). You are likely to get into these colleges so they are a good backup plan.

Position of 3.0 on the GPA Scale

Conversion table of the unweighted 4.0 grade point scale with letter grade and percentage equivalents. This unweighted GPA scale is used my most U.S. high schools and colleges.

High School Grade Point Scale
GPA Grade Percent
3.5 B+ 88
3.4 B+ 87
3.3 B+ 87
3.2 B 86
3.1 B 85
3.0 B 83
2.9 B- 82
2.8 B- 81
2.7 B- 80
2.6 C+ 79
2.5 C+ 78

View complete GPA scale