If you currently have a 3.2 and are researching what this means to your academic future, this page has resources which will cover the following.
A 3.2 is a bit higher than the average U.S. high school GPA of 3.1, and about equal to the average GPA for college-bound students. It demonstrates that you've earned mostly B's with some A's, indicating an above-average academic performance. You will have a challenge getting into the more selective colleges as a 3.2 falls short of the GPA they are looking for. However, a 3.2 is competitive for many colleges and universities.
A 3.2 grade point average is a numerical representation of your course letter grades on a 4.0 scale. Your 3.2 GPA indicates you averaged B grades in your classes and delivered average performance. The percent equivalent of a 3.2 grade point average is 86% on the percentage grading scale. This means that you scored an average of 86% on tests and assignments. GPA values for B letter grades range from 3.0 to 3.2. Your 3.2 GPA positions you at the high end of the B range, demonstrating you have likely earned a mix of B+'s (3.3) and B's (3.0). Learn more about what the B letter grade signifies.
The table below will help you see how high or low you can possibly change your GPA if you currently have a 3.2. 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.
By examining the average high school GPA for students who were admitted to 1,352 selective four-year colleges, we can see how a 3.2 compares when applying to college. About three quarters of the colleges in the U.S. have an average accepted student GPA higher than a 3.2.
Here are 579 selective four year colleges where the average high school grades for incoming freshman is in the 3.2 range (+/- 0.2). You have a competitive chance getting into all of these schools with a 3.2. Some popular colleges are...
There are 650 reach colleges where you can possibly get in with a 3.2 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 433 safety schools where their average GPA is either lower . You are likely to get into these colleges so they are a good backup plan.
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.