Colleges for a 2.5 GPA

What colleges will accept a 2.5 grade point average?

What colleges can I get into?

Graduating with a high school GPA of 2.5 places you within of the academic range at colleges like Pace University New York, Bowie State University and Shaw University. CollegeSimply has analyzed the incoming freshman grade point averages for a large portion of U.S. schools and selected 43 colleges where students have a competitive chance of getting in with a 2.5. Below are some of the top ranked colleges which have historically accepted students in the 2.5 range plus or minus .2 grade points (2.7 to 2.3). Scroll down further to sort and filter the full list and see your admission chances at each school.

Is a 2.5 good in high school?

A 2.5 is well below the U.S. average high school GPA of 3.0 and further beyond the average 3.15 GPA for college-bound students. High school freshman and sophomores still have time to pull their GPA up from a 2.5 to a 3.0 which is much better for applying to colleges. Juniors and seniors face more limited options. If you graduate high school with a 2.5, you have some traditional selective four-year college choices. You will find more options if you also consider colleges that have open admissions to all students regardless of GPA.

Can I raise my 2.5 GPA?

  • High School Freshmen
    If you finished freshman year with a 2.5, you have plenty of time to raise your GPA but your opportunities are more limited. The highest unweighted GPA you can get to by the end of first semester senior year when you apply to colleges is a 3.57 - if you were to somehow get straight A's from here on out. More realistically, if you study and get B's while maintaining a 3.0 in upcoming years you can raise your GPA to a 2.86.
  • High School Sophomores
    By the end of sophomore year, more than half of the grades you will report on your college application are set in stone. If you finish sophomore year with a 2.5, the maximum unweighted GPA you can get by the end of first semester senior year is a 3.14. However, this only possible if you get straight A's. More likely, if can get B's while maintaining a 3.0 you can raise your GPA to a 2.71.
  • High School Juniors
    After junior year, you only have one semester to possibly raise your grades before most college applications are due by January. With a 2.5, the maximum unweighted GPA you can get by the end of first semester senior year is a 2.71. If can get all B's next semester you can raise your GPA to a 2.57 that you can submit with your college application.

What is a 2.5 GPA?

A 2.5 is equal to a 80% on the standard U.S. high school unweighted 4.0 scale. The letter grade equivalent of a 2.5 is a C+ average.


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List of 2.5 GPA Colleges

Displaying 43 colleges where your 2.5 GPA is within the typical range of past accepted students. You have a chance at being accepted but admission may be challenging at more selective colleges. Hint: Filter by admission chance for 69 target schools (good chance), 417 reach (harder) schools and 1,077 safety (easier) schools you can consider.

Pace University New York
P
New York, NY
Pace University New York

Private 4 Year

2 reviews

2.5 Average GPA

#32 Best Private Colleges in New York

  • 12,835enrollment
  • $32,886net price
  • 83%acceptance rate
  • 1060-1240SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance83%

Applications Due Jun 15

Bowie State University
B
HBCU
Bowie, MD
Bowie State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

2.53 Average GPA

#8 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 6,250enrollment
  • $14,322net price
  • 81%acceptance rate
  • 850-1020SAT range
  • 16-19ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance80%

Applications Due Apr 1

Shaw University
S
HBCU
Raleigh, NC
Shaw University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.6 Average GPA

 

  • 1,283enrollment
  • $17,785net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance66%

Applications Due Jul 30

Saint Augustines College
S
HBCU
Raleigh, NC
Saint Augustines College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.5 Average GPA

#17 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,110enrollment
  • $18,662net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 780-940SAT range
  • 12-16ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance67%

Applications Due Jul 1

Paul Quinn College
P
HBCU
Dallas, TX
Paul Quinn College

Private 4 Year

1 reviews

2.6 Average GPA

 

  • 468enrollment
  • $14,237net price
  • 62%acceptance rate
  • 855-1015SAT range
  • 14-17ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance56%

Applications Due Jun 1

Morrisville State College
M
Morrisville, NY
 
Morrisville State College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.6 Average Weighted GPA

#28 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 2,486enrollment
  • $18,198net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • 860-1060SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance73%

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania
C
HBCU
Cheyney, PA
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

2.37 Average GPA

 

  • 623enrollment
  • $11,068net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA

Applications Due Jun 15

Chowan University
C
Murfreesboro, NC
 
Chowan University

Private 4 Year

3 reviews

2.66 Average GPA

#18 Best Private Colleges in North Carolina

  • 1,100enrollment
  • $16,784net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 790-1000SAT range
  • 14-17ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance58%

Applications Due Aug 1

Pensacola State College
P
Pensacola, FL
 
Pensacola State College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.54 Average GPA

 

  • 9,226enrollment
  • $3,351net price
  • 100%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA

Applications Due Jul 1

Coppin State University
C
HBCU
Baltimore, MD
Coppin State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.62 Average GPA

#6 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 2,348enrollment
  • $9,303net price
  • 40%acceptance rate
  • 820-970SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance33%

Applications Due May 1

CUNY Medgar Evers College
M
Brooklyn, NY
CUNY Medgar Evers College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.7 Average GPA

 

  • 5,237enrollment
  • $7,090net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance69%

Lincoln College
L
Lincoln, IL
Lincoln College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.55 Average GPA

 

  • 994enrollment
  • $17,246net price
  • 70%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance67%

Applications Due Aug 1

Fisher College
F
Boston, MA
Fisher College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.6 Average GPA

#29 Best Private Colleges in Massachusetts

  • 1,419enrollment
  • $25,227net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 820-1060SAT range
  • 13-20ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance74%

Edward Waters College
E
HBCU
Jacksonville, FL
Edward Waters College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.64 Average GPA

 

  • 2,273enrollment
  • $13,879net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 820-990SAT range
  • 14-18ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance49%

Applications Due Jun 30

Le Moyne Owen College
L
HBCU
Memphis, TN
 
Le Moyne Owen College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.5 Average GPA

 

  • 654enrollment
  • $7,721net price
  • 64%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance64%

Applications Due Mar 15

Livingstone College
L
HBCU
Salisbury, NC
Livingstone College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.64 Estimated Average GPA

 

  • 845enrollment
  • $16,016net price
  • 69%acceptance rate
  • 770-930SAT range
  • 13-16ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance62%

Applications Due Jul 1

Southern University at New Orleans
S
HBCU
New Orleans, LA
Southern University at New Orleans

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.4 Average GPA

 

  • 2,264enrollment
  • $11,500net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • 15-18ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance76%

Applications Due Jul 1

Florida Memorial University
F
HBCU
Miami Gardens, FL
 
Florida Memorial University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.7 Average GPA

 

  • 928enrollment
  • $16,113net price
  • 38%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.5 GPA
Admission Chance28%

Applications Due May 7