Colleges for a 2.8 GPA

What colleges will accept a 2.8 grade point average?

Is a 2.8 good in high school?

A 2.8 is a little below the average U.S. high school GPA of 3.0 and behind of the average GPA for college-bound students of approximately 3.15. You will find some four-year colleges where a 2.8 GPA is within the typical GPA range for accepted students and you can be a competitive applicant. If you are still a junior or below, you have a few semesters to earn some A's and B's to bring your GPA over 3.0. This will open more doors for you and allow you to apply to a wider range of more selective colleges.

What colleges can I get into?

Graduating with a high school GPA of 2.8 places you within of the academic range at colleges like Alabama State University, Virginia State University and Savannah State University. CollegeSimply has analyzed the incoming freshman grade point averages for a large portion of U.S. schools and selected 185 colleges where students have a competitive chance of getting in with a 2.8. Below are some of the top ranked colleges which have historically accepted students in the 2.8 range plus or minus .3 grade points. Scroll down further to sort and filter the full list and see your admission chances at each school.

Can I raise my 2.8 GPA?

  • High School Freshmen
    If you finished freshman year with a 2.8, 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 3.66 - 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 2.94.
  • 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 2.8, the maximum unweighted GPA you can get by the end of first semester senior year is a 3.31. 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 2.89.
  • 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 2.8, the maximum unweighted GPA you can get by the end of first semester senior year is a 2.97. If can get all B's next semester you can raise your GPA to a 2.83 that you can submit with your college application.

What is a 2.8 GPA?

A 2.8 is equal to a 83% on the standard U.S. high school unweighted 4.0 scale. The letter grade equivalent of a 2.8 is a B- average.


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List of 2.8 GPA Colleges

Displaying 185 colleges where your 2.8 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 408 target schools (good chance), 1,875 reach (harder) schools and 1,080 safety (easier) schools you can consider.

Alabama State University
A
HBCU
Montgomery, AL
Alabama State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

3.09 Average GPA

#11 Best Public Universities in Alabama

  • 4,072enrollment
  • $13,282net price
  • 99%acceptance rate
  • 844-1049SAT range
  • 14-20ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance98%

Applications Due Mar 1

Virginia State University
V
HBCU
Petersburg, VA
Virginia State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.85 Average GPA

#12 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 4,020enrollment
  • $18,332net price
  • 96%acceptance rate
  • 820-1000SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance96%

Applications Due May 1

Savannah State University
S
HBCU
Savannah, GA
Savannah State University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

2.77 Average GPA

#11 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 3,488enrollment
  • $9,611net price
  • 46%acceptance rate
  • 845-980SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance48%

Applications Due Jul 15

Culinary Institute of America
C
Hyde Park, NY
Culinary Institute of America

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

3.08 Average GPA

 

  • 3,231enrollment
  • $31,583net price
  • 97%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance94%

Albany State University
A
HBCU
Albany, GA
Albany State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

2.77 Average GPA

#10 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 6,509enrollment
  • $13,678net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 740-900SAT range
  • 15-18ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance74%

Applications Due May 1

Barry University
B
Miami, FL
Barry University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

3.01 Estimated Average GPA

 

  • 7,515enrollment
  • $20,825net price
  • 65%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance53%

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 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance91%

Applications Due Jun 15

Valdosta State University
V
Valdosta, GA
Valdosta State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

3.07 Average GPA

#8 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 12,304enrollment
  • $12,221net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 990-1140SAT range
  • 19-23ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance65%

Applications Due Apr 1

North Carolina Central University
N
HBCU
Durham, NC
North Carolina Central University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

3.02 Estimated Average GPA

#16 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 8,078enrollment
  • $13,324net price
  • 87%acceptance rate
  • 850-1010SAT range
  • 15-19ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance80%

Applications Due May 1

Winston Salem State University
W
HBCU
Winston-Salem, NC
Winston Salem State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

3.01 Average GPA

#11 Best Public Universities in North Carolina

  • 5,169enrollment
  • $11,868net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • 900-1030SAT range
  • 17-19ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance62%

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
J
New York, NY
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

3.08 Average GPA

#23 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 15,766enrollment
  • $4,221net price
  • 37%acceptance rate
  • 1020-1160SAT range
  • 21-25ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance23%

Applications Due Jan 16

Georgia Gwinnett College
G
Lawrenceville, GA
Georgia Gwinnett College

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

2.88 Average GPA

 

  • 11,627enrollment
  • $12,344net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance94%

CUNY Queens College
Q
Flushing, NY
CUNY Queens College

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

3.0 Average GPA

#14 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 19,700enrollment
  • $5,594net price
  • 53%acceptance rate
  • 1040-1190SAT range
  • 22-27ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance41%

Applications Due Jan 1

Dean College
D
Franklin, MA
Dean College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

2.89 Average GPA

 

  • 1,180enrollment
  • $32,455net price
  • 71%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance66%

Applications Due Jul 31

Alabama A & M University
A
HBCU
Normal, AL
Alabama A & M University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.88 Estimated Average GPA

#12 Best Public Universities in Alabama

  • 5,977enrollment
  • $15,373net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 840-1020SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance88%

Applications Due May 15

Columbus State University
C
Columbus, GA
Columbus State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

3.05 Average GPA

#9 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 8,372enrollment
  • $11,855net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 860-1080SAT range
  • 17-23ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance66%

Applications Due May 1

Norfolk State University
N
HBCU
Norfolk, VA
Norfolk State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

2.9 Average GPA

#13 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 5,457enrollment
  • $15,657net price
  • 91%acceptance rate
  • 840-1020SAT range
  • 15-20ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance89%

Fort Valley State University
F
HBCU
Fort Valley, GA
Fort Valley State University

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

2.87 Average GPA

 

  • 3,079enrollment
  • $12,916net price
  • 72%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 2.8 GPA
Admission Chance69%

Applications Due Jul 15