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The Best California Colleges for a 3.5 GPA


What California colleges will likely accept a 3.5 grade point average?

A GPA of 3.5 or B+ average places you in the middle of the academic range at these California schools. CollegeSimply has parsed the reported high school grade point averages for a large portion of California schools and selected 33 where students have a good possibility of getting in with a 3.5. These colleges are ranked by their position on the CollegeSimply best colleges ranking. This list is intended as a guide of schools to explore further and a recommendation of colleges which have historically accepted students in the 3.5 range.

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College Avg GPA Chance
California Colleges for a 3.5 GPA GPA Chance
Occidental College 3.6 Avg -
Pepperdine University 3.59 Avg -
Santa Clara University 3.66 Avg -
San Diego State University 3.6 Avg -
Chapman University 3.68 Avg -
University of California Riverside 3.6 Avg -
University of the Pacific 3.47 Avg +
California State University Long Beach 3.5 Avg +
University of San Francisco 3.61 Avg -
Azusa Pacific University 3.64 Avg -
Biola University 3.54 Avg -
California State Polytechnic University Pomona 3.43 Avg +
The Master's College and Seminary 3.63 Avg -
University of Redlands 3.6 Avg -
California Lutheran University 3.65 Avg -
Concordia University Irvine 3.42 Avg +
University of California Merced 3.51 Avg -
California State University Fullerton 3.48 Avg +
William Jessup University 3.35 Good
Whittier College 3.47 Avg +
Saint Marys College of California 3.61 Avg -
San Jose State University 3.31 Good
Pacific Union College 3.35 Good
Simpson University 3.51 Avg -
California Baptist University 3.33 Good
California State University Fresno 3.33 Good
Dominican University of California 3.5 Good
La Sierra University 3.33 Good
Fresno Pacific University 3.3 Good
Mount St. Mary's College 3.34 Good
Bryan University 3.59 Avg -
Laguna College of Art and Design 3.45 Avg +
Mills College 3.64 Avg -