What is a 2.7 GPA? What colleges accept a 2.7 GPA?

Do you have a 2.7 GPA? Are you wondering whether a 2.7 is good, and what colleges you can get into with a 2.7?

We've written the most detailed guide to your GPA here:

  • Find out which colleges you can get into with a 2.7 GPA.
  • Learn how you can raise your GPA.
  • Learn what you should be doing to maximize your chances of getting into the best colleges.

Quick disclaimer: unlike standardized test scores like SAT/ACT, GPA policies vary from high school to high school and from college to college. Some use weighted GPAs and others use unweighted GPAs. In this guide, we’ll generally talk about unweighted GPAs and compare you on a national and college level.

As we'll explain below, the actual GPA number is just one dimension of your coursework. The difficulty of your courseload is important - the more difficult your classes, the more colleges are willing to excuse a dip in GPA.

Finally, even though this guide focuses on a 2.7 GPA, our advice is the same for close GPAs, like 2.72 and 2.68 GPAs. You can use this guide for all GPAs between 2.6500000000000004 and 2.74.

Is a 2.7 GPA good?

This GPA means that you've earned an average grade of a B- across all of your classes. Since a 2.7 GPA is lower than the national average of 3.0 for high school students, it will limit your options for college.

We've analyzed the student profiles at 1500+ colleges across the United States and the average GPA of its incoming students. Here's how a 2.7 GPA compares to the nation:

  • score-percent Percentile: 4th

    4.36% of schools have an average GPA below a 2.7.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 68 Schools

    You can apply to colleges and have a good shot at getting admitted.

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 1491 Schools

    You have a low chance of getting into with a 2.7 GPA.

To elaborate, the national average for GPA is around a 3.0, so a 2.7 puts you below average nationally. Keep in mind the 3.0 national average represents all students, not just students applying to college, so the average GPA of students admitted to colleges is higher than the national average.

Here's more custom advice for you if you have a 2.7 GPA. Click your grade level to see our evaluation.

It seems like you had a little bit of a rocky start to high school GPA-wise, but there's plenty of time to improve. With a 2.7,you'll have some difficulty getting into any selective colleges, so you should try and get your grades up over the course of the next couple years. Your GPA is still high enough that you have a good chance of raising it up into the mid-3s if you're very committed. You can check on your chances of acceptance at different colleges in the next section to see where you stand and how much you may want to raise your GPA. You can also use the tool in the following section to see how much you will be able to raise your GPA before senior year.

As a sophomore, you still have some time left to raise your GPA before you apply to college. A 2.7 will make it difficult to get into most schools that are even slightly selective, so you should think about working hard to improve your grades junior year. Search for any schools that interest you in the next section to see if you have a chance at making the cut. You can also use the tool in the following section to see how much you can raise your GPA before you apply to college. If you're very dedicated, you should be able to get it above a 3.0 and give yourself many more safe options.

Your GPA as a junior is pretty much set in stone. You may have difficulty getting into many schools with a GPA that's below a 3.0, but there are still some good less selective options available. Make sure you're careful and apply to enough colleges so that you can be sure of acceptance at at least one or two schools. If you have any colleges in mind, try searching for them in the next section to see what your chances of acceptance might look like based on your current GPA and test scores.

As a senior, you're probably already in the process of applying to college with your current GPA. A 2.7 may make it difficult to get into selective schools, but you still have a fair amount of options. Check out your chances at that colleges where you're applying to get a sense of whether you have a shot of acceptance. It's possible that you may need to add on another safety school to your list just in case.

Your Chances With a 2.7 GPA

This is probably the biggest question on your mind. What colleges can you get into with a 2.7? What are your chances of admission at your top choice schools?

We've built a custom admissions calculator that calculates your chances based on the 3 most important factors to determining your chance of admissions:

  • The school's admission rate
  • Your GPA
  • Your SAT/ACT score

Here's how to use this calculator:

  1. Choose the SAT or the ACT, depending on which you're taking
  2. Choose your current SAT/ACT score
  3. Enter the name of each college you're interested in
  4. Change your SAT/ACT score to see how your chances change

Pick your test: Old SAT ACT

SAT Score
School Name Location Chances: 2.7 GPA + Chances: 2.7 GPA + Average GPA
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*These calculations fix your GPA at 2.7, but you might have room for improvement. If you want to see your chances with a different GPA, at the bottom of this page you'll be able to switch to a different GPA.

How would your chances improve with a better score?

Try to take your current SAT score and add 160 points (or take your ACT score and add 4 points) to the calculator above. See how much your chances improve?

This is important when you're considering your GPA. You probably know how hard it is to pull up your grades and GPA. If you improve your SAT/ACT score, you'll be able to show colleges that you're academically prepared for college.

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Can You Improve Your GPA?

We’re not going to sugarcoat it: GPAs aren’t easy to improve. The later you are in high school, the less your GPA will change before you apply to college.

For example, if you're currently a junior in high school, your grades in freshman and sophomore year will anchor your GPA so that your junior grades won't be able to change your total GPA much.

Here's a calculator for you to see how much your GPA can improve in different cases. Choose your current grade level, and then choose your future grades up until college applications. We'll show you how high or low your GPA can be, depending on your grades from now forward.

Your Grade Level Current GPA Semesters Remaining Future Grades GPA for Applications

0 2.7

Warning: Because you have no semesters left, your GPA won't change by the time college applications are due. You'll need to apply with a 2.7 GPA. As we explain next, your best chance at improving your chances of getting in may be to improve your SAT/ACT score.

Final Verdict and Advice

While your GPA is currently below average, you still have a couple years of high school left to make improvements. A 2.7 will significantly limit your options for college, so you should work on raising your grades as soon as possible. If there are any classes that you struggle with in particular, make a point of going for extra help and putting in more time and effort.

If you can figure out the exact issues you're having, you may be able to make big positive changes and raise your GPA to a level that will make you a competitive applicant at many more colleges. You should also start studying for standardized tests as soon as possible - high scores can make a big difference in your college applications. Don't let yourself succumb to apathy and bad study habits!

Based on the results from your college searches above, you can see that a 2.7 will limit your college options quite a bit. Since it's your sophomore year, you still have another couple of semesters to improve your GPA before it's set in stone. Try to step up your focus junior year and make significant changes - even if your GPA doesn't increase by much, colleges will notice if you show initiative and growth in your academic performance.

You should also think about studying for standardized tests so that you can get high scores that will increase your chances of admission at many schools despite a GPA that's on the lower side. Junior fall will be a good time to take the SAT or ACT for the first time so that you give yourself plenty of opportunities to improve before you send out applications.

There's not much you can do to change your GPA if it's already your junior year, but you should still keep working hard in your classes and do all that you can to raise your grades. If you're concerned about getting into college based on the results for your admissions chances at schools that interest you, you should focus on studying for standardized tests and improving your scores. Standardized test scores are almost as significant as GPA as a factor on college applications, but it takes much less time and effort to improve them. Raising your scores a few hundred points could have a huge positive impact on your admissions chances.

As a senior, it's likely that you've already sent in some of your college applications or are at least starting the application process. Your GPA can't be changed at this point, so you're facing some inevitable limitations on the number of schools where you can expect to be admitted. If it's still early on in your senior year, you might consider taking the SAT or ACT again to try and raise your scores and give yourself a better shot at admission at more selective schools. You can often send these scores to colleges as late as February of your senior year.

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Colleges that Accept a 2.7 GPA

What schools can you get into with a GPA of 2.7?

We've picked out a set of schools that are within range. Click on each school to learn more about it.

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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are hard for you to get into now, because their average GPA is higher than a 2.7. But if you improve your SAT or ACT score, you'll have a much better shot.

School Name Location SAT ACT GPA
College at Brockport Brockport, NY 1100 22 2.9
Plymouth State University Plymouth, NH 1070 21 2.95
University of the Southwest Hobbs, NM 1050 18 2.63
Paul Smith's College Paul Smiths, NY 1040 20 2.8
St. Joseph's College of Maine Standish, ME 1040 22 3
Southern Connecticut State University New Haven, CT 1030 20 3
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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average GPAs that are close to 2.7. If you apply to these schools, you'll have a decent chance of admission. If you improve your SAT or ACT scores, you'll significantly improve your chances .

School Name Location SAT ACT GPA
University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, AR 1010 19 2.71
American International College Springfield, MA 1000 20 2.91
St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, NY 1000 20 3
University of Maine at Presque Isle Presque Isle, ME 998 20 3
Post University Waterbury, CT 990 19 2.68
Kean University Union, NJ 990 20 3
State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Cobleskill, NY 970 20 3
Calumet College of St. Joseph Whiting, IN 960 18 2.65
Governors State University University Park, IL 960 19 2.77
Saint Elizabeth University Morristown, NJ 950 16 2.6
College of St. Joseph Rutland, VT 940 19 2.8
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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a GPA of 2.7, you're already strongly competitive for these schools. You're very likely to get admitted if you apply. If you improve your SAT or ACT score, your Safety Schools will get better and better.

School Name Location SAT ACT GPA
Albertus Magnus College New Haven, CT 940 24 2.6
Bloomfield College Bloomfield, NJ 940 18 2.69
Texas Southern University Houston, TX 910 17 2.84
Johnson C. Smith University Charlotte, NC 900 16 2.79
Lincoln University (MO) Jefferson City, MO 890 17 2.6
Harris-Stowe State University St. Louis, MO 880 18 2.65
Pine Manor College Chestnut Hill, MA 870 15 2.6
Paul Quinn College Dallas, TX 840 16 2.6
Wiley College Marshall, TX 830 16 2.53
Central State University Wilberforce, OH 800 15 2.7
East-West University Chicago, IL 93 17 2.67

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