Colleges for a 3.0 GPA

What colleges will likely accept a 3.0 grade point average?

Is a 3.0 good?

A 3.0 is equal to the average U.S. high school GPA but still a bit short of the average GPA for college-bound students of approximately 3.15. There are many four-year colleges to choose from where a 3.0 GPA is well within the typical GPA range of accepted students and you will find yourself a competitive applicant.

What is a 3.0 GPA?

A 3.0 is equal to a 85% on the standard U.S. high school unweighted 4.0 scale. The letter grade equivalent of a 3.0 is a B average.

What colleges can I get into?

Graduating with a high school GPA of 3.0 places you within of the academic range at colleges like SUNY at Albany, Rutgers University New Brunswick and Rutgers University New Brunswick. CollegeSimply has analyzed the incoming freshman grade point averages for a large portion of U.S. schools and selected 209 colleges where students have a competitive chance of getting in with a 3.0. Below are some of the top ranked colleges which have historically accepted students in the 3.0 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 3.0 GPA?

  • Freshman
    If you completed freshman year with a 3.0, you have plenty of time to change your GPA. The maximum unweighted GPA you can achieve by the end of first semester senior year when you need to apply to colleges is a 3.71 - if you get straight A's from here on out. If you can get more A's and B+'s and score a 3.5 in upcoming years, you can raise your GPA to a 3.36.
  • Sophomore
    By the end of sophomore year, more than half of the grades you will report on your college application are set in stone. With a 3.0 you are on the path to be able to apply to and get into many colleges. If you finish sophomore year with a 3.0, the maximum unweighted GPA you can achieve by the end of first semester senior year is 3.43. This is only possible if you get straight A's. If you can raise future semester GPA's to a 3.5, you can raise your total GPA to a 3.21.
  • Junior
    After junior year, you only have one semester to possibly raise your grades before most college applications are due by January. A 3.0 will allow you to get into many colleges. The highest unweighted GPA you can achieve by the end of first semester senior year is 3.14. If you can raise your next semester's GPA to a 3.5, you can get you total GPA up to a 3.07 to report to colleges.


209 results nationwide

List of 3.0 GPA Colleges

Displaying 209 colleges where your 3.0 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 814 target schools (good chance), 1,344 reach (harder) schools and 752 safety (easier) schools you can consider.

SUNY at Albany
A
Albany, NY
SUNY at Albany

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

3.3 Average GPA

#9 Best Public Universities in New York

  • 17,688enrollment
  • $17,486net price
  • 57%acceptance rate
  • 1090-1250SAT range
  • 22-28ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance40%

Applications Due Mar 1

Rutgers University New Brunswick
R
New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University New Brunswick

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

3.3 Estimated Average GPA

#22 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,411enrollment
  • $17,835net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1410SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance50%

Rutgers University New Brunswick
R
New Brunswick, NJ
Rutgers University New Brunswick

Public 4 Year

4 reviews

3.3 Estimated Average GPA

#22 Best Public Universities in America

  • 50,411enrollment
  • $17,835net price
  • 67%acceptance rate
  • 1180-1410SAT range
  • 25-32ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance50%

Old Dominion University
O
Norfolk, VA
Old Dominion University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

3.3 Average GPA

#9 Best Public Universities in Virginia

  • 24,286enrollment
  • $17,162net price
  • 95%acceptance rate
  • 960-1170SAT range
  • 18-25ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance90%

Applications Due Apr 15

Clark Atlanta University
C
HBCU
Atlanta, GA
Clark Atlanta University

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

3.2 Average GPA

#12 Best Private Colleges in Georgia

  • 3,776enrollment
  • $29,100net price
  • 59%acceptance rate
  • 880-1040SAT range
  • 17-20ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance47%

Applications Due May 1

Morgan State University
M
HBCU
Baltimore, MD
Morgan State University

Public 4 Year

5 reviews

3.1 Average GPA

#9 Best Public Universities in Maryland

  • 7,634enrollment
  • $16,651net price
  • 74%acceptance rate
  • 910-1070SAT range
  • 16-20ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance69%

Applications Due Nov 1

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 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance99%

Applications Due Mar 1

Sam Houston State University
S
Huntsville, TX
Sam Houston State University

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

3.25 Estimated Average GPA

#16 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 21,912enrollment
  • $13,904net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • 970-1120SAT range
  • 18-23ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance86%

Applications Due Aug 1

Morehouse College
M
HBCU
Atlanta, GA
Morehouse College

Private 4 Year

0 reviews

3.21 Estimated Average GPA

 

  • 2,152enrollment
  • $30,839net price
  • 77%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance67%

Applications Due Feb 15

Texas Southern University
T
HBCU
Houston, TX
Texas Southern University

Public 4 Year

3 reviews

3.11 Average GPA

#25 Best Public Universities in Texas

  • 7,015enrollment
  • $13,481net price
  • 66%acceptance rate
  • 890-1040SAT range
  • 17-20ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance60%

Applications Due Apr 30

California State University East Bay
C
Hayward, CA
California State University East Bay

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

3.2 Average GPA

 

  • 16,253enrollment
  • $13,260net price
  • 73%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance63%

Applications Due Mar 31

University of West Georgia
W
Carrollton, GA
 
University of West Georgia

Public 4 Year

1 reviews

3.22 Average Weighted GPA

#7 Best Public Universities in Georgia

  • 13,419enrollment
  • $15,749net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 900-1090SAT range
  • 17-22ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance68%

Applications Due Jul 15

Kean University
K
Union, NJ
Kean University

Public 4 Year

6 reviews

3.2 Average GPA

#9 Best Public Universities in New Jersey

  • 14,064enrollment
  • $17,401net price
  • 78%acceptance rate
  • 920-1100SAT range
  • 16-22ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance69%

Applications Due May 31

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 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance97%

Applications Due May 1

Indiana State University
I
Terre Haute, IN
Indiana State University

Public 4 Year

0 reviews

3.27 Average GPA

 

  • 10,829enrollment
  • $12,903net price
  • 92%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance86%

Applications Due Jun 15

Hampton University
H
HBCU
Hampton, VA
Hampton University

Private 4 Year

5 reviews

3.3 Average GPA

 

  • 3,516enrollment
  • $28,952net price
  • 36%acceptance rate
  • -SAT range
  • -ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance22%

Applications Due Mar 1

California State University Fresno
C
Fresno, CA
California State University Fresno

Public 4 Year

2 reviews

3.12 Estimated Average GPA

#24 Best Public Universities in California

  • 25,497enrollment
  • $6,906net price
  • 90%acceptance rate
  • 890-1100SAT range
  • 16-21ACT range
Your 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance87%

Applications Due Apr 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 3.0 GPA
Admission Chance59%

Applications Due Jul 15