What is a 4.4 GPA? What colleges accept a 4.4 GPA?

Do you have a 4.4 GPA? Are you wondering whether a 4.4 is good, and what colleges you can get into with a 4.4?

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

  • Find out which colleges you can get into with a 4.4 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 4.4 GPA, our advice is the same for close GPAs, like 4.42 and 4.380000000000001 GPAs. You can use this guide for all GPAs between 4.3500000000000005 and 4.44.

Is a 4.4 GPA good?

Since this GPA is higher than a 4.0, your school must measure GPAs on a weighted scale. This means that they take class difficulty into account when calculating GPA. On this scale, the highest GPA you can get is usually a 5.0. A 4.4 weighted GPA most likely means that you've been earning mostly B+s in high level classes. You'll have a good shot at being accepted to most colleges with this GPA.

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 4.4 GPA compares to the nation:

  • score-percent Percentile: 99th

    99.74% of schools have an average GPA below a 4.4.

  • score-compete Competitive For: 1555 Schools

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

  • score-missing Missing Out On: 4 Schools

    You have a low chance of getting into with a 4.4 GPA.

To elaborate, the national average for GPA is around a 3.0, so a 4.4 puts you above 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 4.4 GPA. Click your grade level to see our evaluation.

If you're a freshman with a 4.4 GPA, you're off to a great start. Your GPA may end up changing a fair amount between now and your senior year, but if you continue to work hard in your classes and pursue difficult coursework you should be able to maintain the same level of academic success. A 4.4 GPA will open up a lot of college options for you, including some of the most selective schools. If you know of any schools that interest you at this point, you should search for them in the next section and see what your chances of admission might look like with your current GPA. This should motivate you to keep up the good work!

The first two years of high school are a tough adjustment period, but you managed to make it through with a really strong GPA. Nice work! Your current GPA may change before you apply to college, but it's not likely to be by much if you maintain good study habits. With your current GPA, there will be many schools where you have a high odds of being accepted (even very selective colleges). If you have any colleges in mind already, you should look them up with the search tool in the next section and see whether you have a shot at acceptance.

It's safe to assume that your GPA won't change much after your junior year. If you have a 4.4 GPA, you can expect that you'll be applying to college with a GPA that's pretty similar if not exactly the same. That's really great news for you - since your GPA is so high, you'll have a ton of options in the college search process and be able to choose safety schools that you're genuinely interested in attending. You may already have some ideas about where you want to go to school. If that's the case, you can try searching for those colleges in the next section to see what your chances of admission are with a 4.4 GPA.

As a senior, your GPA is now final as far as college applications are concerned. You did a good job of maintaining your grades throughout high school and have set yourself up well for the application process. You may have already started applying to schools, but if you're interested in checking your chances of acceptance at the colleges you chose, you can search for them in the next section. With a 4.4 GPA, you stand a good chance of being accepted at nearly all colleges.

Your Chances With a 4.4 GPA

This is probably the biggest question on your mind. What colleges can you get into with a 4.4? 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: 4.4 GPA + Chances: 4.4 GPA + Average GPA
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*These calculations fix your GPA at 4.4, 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 4.4

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 4.4 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

Considering everything else we've said here, it's clear that you're off to a great start in high school. If you manage to keep up your grades for the next three years, even your most ambitious college goals could become a reality. Highly selective schools are looking for students who take difficult classes and maintain high grades, and so far you're on the right track.

Remember to keep challenging yourself and reaching for greater knowledge in subjects that interest you. Also remember, however, that your mental health is important. It's ok to give yourself a break with a less difficult class if you're feeling overwhelmed. You're clearly a very dedicated student, so you should be proud of your accomplishments so far and look forward to the ones that are yet to come!

From consulting the tools in this article it's clear that your GPA puts you in a great position for the college application process. You still have at least a full year before you start applying, but if you can maintain your grades, you shouldn't have any problem getting into some of the best schools in the country. Students like you who take difficult classes and earn high grades are in high demand.

At this point, you should also start thinking about the SAT or ACT and whether you want to do some prep work before you take the test. Standardized test scores are another big factor that colleges use to judge the academic potential of prospective students. Since you're doing so well in school, you shouldn't have too many problems with the SAT or ACT, but if you're hoping to earn a truly elite score some studying might be worthwhile. In any case, you're in fantastic shape right now, and you can look forward to many exciting options for college!

Based on the college search tool above, you can see that your GPA gives you high odds of being accepted to some of the best schools in country. Right now, the biggest hurdle you have ahead of you is just the application process itself.

At this point, if you haven't already, you should also be thinking about standardized tests. If you're hoping to get into a very selective school, you will need to be sure that your test scores are at the same impressive level as your GPA. While you may not have a difficult time getting relatively high scores, if you are shooting for Ivy League or other very selective institutions, you will be expected to have 99th percentile scores. Even without considering test scores, the bottom line is that you're doing extremely well, and you'll be faced with some great college choices next fall.

Reaching senior year with a 4.4 GPA is no small feat, and as you've seen from the tools above, it's a promising sign for your college admissions chances. As you prepare your applications or wait for decisions, you can be secure in knowing that you'll almost certainly be admitted to some great schools.

You most likely have already finished taking standardized tests, but if you're still unsatisfied with your scores, some schools will allow you to submit scores from tests taken as late as February of your senior year. If you're happy with your scores, now is the time to relax a little more and reflect on making the transition to this new, exciting stage of your life. Your hard work is about to pay off!

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Colleges that Accept a 4.4 GPA

What schools can you get into with a GPA of 4.4?

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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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

These schools have average GPAs that are close to 4.4. 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
California Institute of Technology Pasadena, CA 1545 36 4.19
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA 1535 35 4.17
University of Chicago Chicago, IL 1520 34 4.48
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 1520 34 4.18
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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

With a GPA of 4.4, 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
Yale University New Haven, CT 1515 34 4.14
Duke University Durham, NC 1510 34 4.13
Columbia University New York, NY 1505 34 4.12
Rice University Houston, TX 1505 34 4.12
Dartmouth College Hanover, NH 1500 34 4.11
University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 1430 32 4.32
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC 1395 30 4.39
University of Maryland College Park, MD 1380 31 4.32
University of Florida Gainesville, FL 1360 30 4.42
University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA 1355 29 4.12
Clemson University Clemson, SC 1310 30 4.43

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