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The Best Colleges With Low GPA Requirements

Posted by Dr. Anna Wulick | Dec 8, 2019 9:22:00 PM

College Admissions, Coursework/GPA

 

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Do you have a low GPA? Are you wondering what colleges you can get into despite your low GPA?

Out of all the schools in the country, we've compiled a complete list of colleges with low GPA requirements and ranked the best ones. Even if you have a low GPA, that doesn't mean a great education is out of reach for you. Keep reading to figure out what your options are for higher education.

 

The Big Picture: What You Can Do With a Low GPA

If you are looking at your low GPA with worry, let us reassure you: you can absolutely get a great education no matter what college you end up going to.

For example, did you know that the vast majority of people profiled in Forbes Magazine’s list of “30 under 30” (basically a list of about 450 young entrepreneurs, artists, and inventors who are making a name for themselves in a bunch of different fields) went to their local or state college? And not only that, but most of them actually found their business partners there as well!

 

 

Yes, the old line is totally true: it’s up to you to make the most of where you are. How? Well, for one, you can research classes and professors by asking your advisors and friends or by looking at online reviews. No matter where they teach, most professors tend to love their subject—after all, they’ve devoted their whole life to studying it!—so seek them out during office hours. Trust me, they'll love to talk with you!

Now, let us show you the many choices and possibilities open to you, even if you didn't put your best foot forward in high school. Read on to learn about the following:

  • Colleges that have alternative applications, some of which do not even require a transcript
  • University systems in which you can transfer from one campus to another
  • Great state schools with less competitive admission requirements

 

 

What's a Low GPA for College?

First, we should clarify what we mean by a low GPA. The definition of a low GPA depends heavily on your personal goals and target colleges, but a general rule of thumb is that any GPA below a 3.0 puts you in the lower range for most colleges in the country.

It's true that a 3.0 is the average GPA in the country, but remember that many high school students also don't go to college. Thus, the ones who do go to college usually end up having higher GPAs. As you'll see below, the average GPA of lower-tier colleges is in the 2.9-3.3 range.

GPA can also be complicated because of unweighted and weighted GPAs, and how colleges consider the difficulty of your coursework. Even if you have a low GPA, you can compensate for it if you took a difficult course load, as colleges will reward you for your academic ambition.

 

 

Here are a few guides you might want to check out as you read this article:

Finally, keep in mind that even with a low GPA, you still have a great shot at getting into college if you do well on the SAT/ACT. If a low GPA doesn't represent your academic potential well, you can show colleges your true ability through tests that are standardized throughout the country.

 

Maybe your GPA is hiding you behind a mask?


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Does Your GPA Not Show the Real You?

 

 

If you have a low GPA but know that you are capable of so much more, three colleges now give you a totally different way to apply!

  • Goucher College: How about this for a revolutionary idea: you only submit a two-minute video about yourself. That's it. No transcript, no test scores—just you explaining why you deserve admission.
  • Bennington College: Similar deal here in that there's no need to submit a transcript or test scores. Instead, you'll turn in a self-curated collection of your work that speaks to your creative and intellectual abilities.
  • Bard College: Even though Bard still requires a transcript, you can opt to answer several college-level essay questions. Just think: an amazing performance would be a surefire way to prove you can do better than your GPA suggests!

 

Just ... a ... little ... longer!

 

Do You Need More Time to Prove Yourself?

 

 

If you just need a little more time to demonstrate what you can do, think about applying to a less competitive campus of a state university system. You can then transfer to a more rigorous campus in the same system.

Below is our list of the least competitive campuses in larger and more competitive state university systems. In this chart, we've included the average GPA of admitted applicants as well as the current acceptance rate for each school. (Pro tip: click the school names to see your chances of getting in with our Admissions Calculator!)

School Average GPA Admission Rate
Indiana University Northwest 3.03 80%
Louisiana State University Shreveport 3.29 81%
Penn State Hazleton 3.16 94%
SUNY Cobleskill 3.00 94%
Texas A&M Corpus Christi 3.26 87%
University of Arkansas at Little Rock 3.21 59%
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs 3.37 93%
University of Illinois at Chicago 3.31 76%
University of Louisiana at Monroe 3.43 72%
University of Maine at Presque Isle 3.00 92%
University of Maryland Eastern Shore 2.93 54%
University of Massachusetts Dartmouth 3.25 78%
University of Michigan at Flint 3.4 65%
University of Minnesota Crookston 3.21 78%
University of Missouri Kansas City 3.38 57%
University of Nebraska at Kearney 3.48 82%
University of North Carolina at Pembroke 3.55 81%
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 3.31 51%
University of South Carolina Beaufort 3.39 63%
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 3.51 83%
University of Texas at Tyler 3.38 65%
University of Washington Tacoma 3.29 86%
University of Wisconsin Parkside 3.09 80%

 

 

A name-brand school = a little bling for your resume.

 

 

Do You Want a Name-Brand School?

If you would still like to go to a high-profile school but don’t see yourself transferring, state colleges are your best bet. Check out these accessible state college systems with fairly low GPA requirements on all of their campuses:

  • California State University
  • Connecticut State University
  • University of Hawaii
  • Massachusetts State University system
  • University of Nevada
  • The CUNY system in NYC
  • The Oregon University system (not to be confused with the University of Oregon)
  • University of Rhode Island

 

 

I'll just point my compass at a random point on this globe and go to college there!

 

List of Colleges With Low GPAs by State

If you have an idea of where you want to end up geographically speaking, then you're in luck. Here is a comprehensive list of colleges sorted by state. For each state, the schools are listed alphabetically and are accompanied by their average GPAs for admitted applicants.

 

Alabama

Alabama State University

3.05

Auburn University at Montgomery

3.35

Faulkner University

3.36

Jacksonville State University

3.35

Oakwood University

2.99

Stillman College

2.90

Talladega College

2.40

Troy University

3.36

Tuskegee University

3.10

 

Alaska

Alaska Pacific University

3.22

University of Alaska Fairbanks

3.28

University of Alaska Southeast

2.94

 

Arizona

Prescott College

3.20

University of Advancing Technology

2.50

University of Arizona

3.30

 

Arkansas

Arkansas Baptist College

2.60

Arkansas Tech University

3.30

Henderson State University

3.23

Philander Smith College

2.88

Southern Arkansas University

3.33

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith

3.23

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

3.21

University of Arkansas at Monticello

2.71

University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

2.90

Williams Baptist College

3.20

 

 

California

Biola University

3.32

California College of the Arts

3.34

California State University Bakersfield

3.30

California State University Channel Islands

3.22

California State University Dominguez Hills

3.13

California State University East Bay

3.20

California State University Los Angeles

3.24

California State University Monterey Bay

3.39

California State University Northridge

3.35

California State University San Bernardino

3.34

California State University San Marcos

3.38

California State University Stanislaus

3.28

Cogswell Polytechnical College

3.08

Columbia College Hollywood

3.20

Hope International University

3.24

Humboldt State University

3.27

La Sierra University

3.34

Laguna College of Art + Design

3.25

Life Pacific University

2.91

Lincoln University

2.60

Menlo College

3.20

Northwestern Polytechnic University

2.72

Notre Dame de Namur University

3.10

Otis College of Art and Design

3.17

San Diego Christian College

3.25

San Francisco Art Institute

3.05

San Francisco State University

3.26

Sonoma State University

3.22

Vanguard University of Southern California

3.29

William Jessup University

3.30

Woodbury University

3.33

 

Colorado

Adams State College

3.18

Colorado Mesa University

3.11

Colorado State University - Pueblo

3.28

Fort Lewis College

3.24

Johnson & Wales University

3.19

Metropolitan State University of Denver

2.97

Naropa University

3.11

University of Colorado Colorado Springs

3.37

University of Northern Colorado

3.39

Western State Colorado University

3.27

 

Connecticut

Albertus Magnus College

2.60

Central Connecticut State University

3.07

Eastern Connecticut State University

3.08

Post University

2.68

Southern Connecticut State University

3.00

University of Bridgeport

3.04

University of Hartford

3.05

Western Connecticut State University

3.12

 

Delaware

Delaware State University

3.09

Goldey-Beacom College

2.90

Wesley College

2.71

 

District of Columbia

Gallaudet University

3.15

Howard University

3.33

 

Florida

Beacon College

2.94

Bethune-Cookman University

2.92

Carlos Albizu University - Miami

2.70

Edward Waters College

2.64

Florida Memorial University

2.70

Jacksonville University

3.27

Johnson University Florida

3.09

Lynn University

3.03

Ringling College of Art and Design

3.33

Rollins College

3.30

Trinity College of Florida

3.06

Warner University

3.22

Webber International University

2.91

 

Georgia

Albany State University

2.94

Armstrong Atlantic State University

3.21

Beulah Heights University

3.00

Brewton-Parker College

3.04

Clark Atlanta University

3.24

Clayton State University

3.02

Columbus State University

3.13

Dalton State College

3.10

Fort Valley State University

2.83

Georgia Gwinnett College

2.86

Georgia Southern University

3.36

Georgia Southwestern State University

3.25

Kennesaw State University

3.38

Life University

2.90

Luther Rice University

2.55

Morehouse College

3.20

Paine College

2.58

Point University

3.25

Reinhardt University

3.28

Savannah State University

2.77

Shorter University

3.25

University of West Georgia

3.16

Valdosta State University

3.20

University of West Georgia

3.16

Wesleyan College

3.37

 

Hawaii

University of Hawaii - West Oahu

3.15

University of Hawaii at Hilo

3.36

 

Idaho

Idaho State University

3.25

Lewis-Clark State College

3.10

 

Illinois

Augustana College

3.29

Aurora University

3.39

Blackburn College

3.35

Blessing-Reiman College of Nursing

3.29

Chicago State University

3.03

Columbia College Chicago

3.34

Concordia University Chicago

3.00

East-West University

2.67

Eastern Illinois University

3.15

Eureka College

3.19

Governors State University

2.77

Illinois State University

3.37

Kendall College

2.93

MacMurray College

3.33

Monmouth College

3.30

Moody Bible Institute

3.37

National Louis University

2.68

North Park University

3.14

Northeastern Illinois University

2.83

Northern Illinois University

3.30

Principia College

3.34

Quincy University

3.30

Rockford University

3.25

Roosevelt University

3.37

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.24

Trinity Christian College

3.28

University of Illinois at Chicago

3.31

VanderCook College of Music

2.97

Western Illinois University

3.31

 

 

Indiana

Calumet College of St. Joseph

2.65

Holy Cross College

3.20

Indiana Institute of Technology

2.98

Indiana State University

3.17

Indiana University East

3.22

Indiana University Kokomo

3.25

Indiana University Northwest

3.03

Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne

3.20

Indiana University South Bend

3.20

Indiana University Southeast

3.25

Oakland City University

3.29

Purdue University Calumet

3.12

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

3.25

University of Southern Indiana

3.39

University of St. Francis

3.30

 

Iowa

Briar Cliff University

3.23

Graceland University

3.28

Grand View University

3.30

Iowa Wesleyan College

3.02

Loras College

3.37

St. Ambrose University

3.29

University of Dubuque

2.92

Upper Iowa University

3.14

Waldorf College

3.07

William Penn University

2.90

 

Kansas

Bethany College

3.20

Central Christian College of Kansas

3.27

Fort Hays State University

3.37

McPherson College

3.20

MidAmerica Nazarene University

3.32

Ottawa University

3.11

Pittsburg State University

3.34

Southwestern College

3.23

Sterling College

3.14

Tabor College

3.29

University of St. Mary

3.31

 

Kentucky

Brescia University

3.02

Campbellsville University

3.26

Eastern Kentucky University

3.29

Kentucky Christian University

3.16

Kentucky Mountain Bible College

3.37

Kentucky State University

2.80

Kentucky Wesleyan College

3.30

Lindsey Wilson College

3.33

Midway College

3.19

Thomas More College

3.35

Union College

3.15

University of Pikeville

3.20

Western Kentucky University

3.39

 

 

Louisiana

Dillard University

2.78

Grambling State University

2.81

Louisiana College

3.32

Louisiana State University Shreveport

3.29

Nicholls State University

3.22

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

3.28

Saint Joseph Seminary College

3.25

Southeastern Louisiana University

3.31

Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

3.10

Southern University at New Orleans

2.40

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

3.30

University of New Orleans

3.21

 

Maine

Husson University

3.27

St. Joseph's College of Maine

3.00

Unity College

3.30

University of Maine

3.29

University of Maine at Farmington

3.07

University of Maine at Fort Kent

3.37

University of Maine at Presque Isle

3.00

University of New England

3.35

University of Southern Maine

3.16

 

Maryland

Bowie State University

2.53

Coppin State University

2.62

Frostburg State University

3.20

Goucher College

3.14

Hood College

3.34

Morgan State University

3.00

Mount St. Mary's University

3.34

St. Mary's College of Maryland

3.38

Stevenson University

3.10

University of Baltimore

2.89

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

2.93

 

Massachusetts

American International College

2.91

Anna Maria College

2.78

Assumption College

3.34

Becker College

3.08

Berklee College of Music

3.00

Bridgewater State University

3.13

Curry College

2.97

Elms College

3.29

Endicott College

3.37

Fitchburg State University

3.12

Framingham State University

3.01

Lasell College

3.00

Lesley University

3.24

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

3.20

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

3.15

Merrimack College

3.17

Montserrat College of Art

2.93

Nichols College

2.96

Pine Manor College

2.60

Regis College

3.06

Salem State University

3.13

Springfield College

3.26

Suffolk University

3.24

University of Massachusetts Boston

3.34

Unviersity of Massachusetts Dartmouth

3.25

Wentworth Institute of Technology

3.05

Westfield State University

3.09

Worcester State University

3.32

 

Michigan

Adrian College

3.23

College for Creative Studies

3.19

Concordia University Ann Arbor

3.10

Davenport University

3.20

Eastern Michigan University

3.30

Ferris State University

3.38

Finlandia University

2.89

Grace Bible College

3.03

Kuyper College

2.98

Lake Superior State University

3.26

Madonna University

3.30

Northern Michigan University

3.18

Siena Heights University

3.20

Wayne State University

3.36

Western Michigan University

3.37

 

 

Minnesota

Augsburg College

3.17

Bemidji State University

3.20

Bethany Lutheran College

3.39

Concordia University Saint Paul

3.18

Crown College

3.22

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

3.30

Minnesota State University Mankato

3.21

Minnesota State University Moorhead

3.37

Oak Hills Christian College

3.07

St. Cloud State University

3.23

University of Minnesota, Crookston

3.21

Winona State University

3.35

 

Mississippi

Alcorn State University

3.18

Blue Mountain College

3.39

Delta State University

3.39

Jackson State University

3.10

Mississippi Valley State University

2.86

Rust College

2.66

Tougaloo College

2.80

University of Southern Mississippi

3.29

 

Missouri

Avila University

3.24

Culver-Stockton College

3.16

Harris-Stowe State University

2.65

Lincoln University

2.60

Lindenwood University

3.25

Missouri Baptist University

3.24

Missouri Southern State University

3.30

Missouri Valley College

2.85

Missouri Western State University

3.34

Northwest Missouri State University

3.37

Park University

3.20

St. Louis Christian College

2.52

Stephens College

3.27

University of Central Missouri

3.35

University of Missouri—Kansas City

3.38

Westminster College

3.38

 

Montana

Montana State University

3.38

Montana State University—Billings

3.17

Montana State University—Northern

2.79

University of Great Falls

3.20

University of Montana Western

3.01

 


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Nebraska

Midland University

3.26

Nebraska Christian College

2.91

Union College

3.32

Wayne State College

3.30

 

Nevada

Sierra Nevada College

3.18

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

3.38

 

New Hampshire

Colby Sawyer College

3.30

Franklin Pierce University

2.91

Keen State College

2.98

New England College

2.59

Plymouth State University

2.95

Saint Anselm College

3.28

Southern New Hampshire University

3.06

 

New Jersey

Bloomfield College

2.69

Caldwell University

3.26

College of St. Elizabeth

2.60

Fairleigh Dickinson University—College at Florham

3.39

Fairleigh Dickinson University—Metropolitan Campus

3.32

Felician College

3.10

Georgian Court University

3.37

Kean University

3.00

Monmouth University

3.33

Montclair State University

3.26

New Jersey City University

2.91

Ramapo College of New Jersey

3.37

Rider University

3.38

Saint Peter's University

3.29

William Paterson University

3.06

 

New Mexico

Eastern New Mexico University

3.26

New Mexico Highlands University

2.99

University of the Southwest

2.63

Western New Mexico University

2.50

 

 

New York

Alfred University

3.10

Baruch College (CUNY)

3.30

Brooklyn College (CUNY)

3.31

Cazenovia College

3.20

City College of New York

3.34

College of Mount St. Vincent

3.09

College of St. Rose

3.30

Concordia College New York

3.17

Culinary Institute of America

3.10

CUNY College of Staten Island

2.99

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

2.87

Davis College

3.18

Dominican College

3.03

Elmira College

3.22

Eugene Lang College - The New School for Liberal Arts

3.37

Farmingdale State College

3.20

Hilbert College

3.20

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

3.37

Houghton College

3.25

Iona College

3.00

LIM College

2.98

Long Island University Brooklyn

3.20

Long Island University Post

3.20

Manhattanville College

3.17

Marist College

3.30

Mercy College

2.99

Metropolitan College of New York

2.10

Molloy College

3.00

Mount St. Mary College

3.20

New York Institute of Technology

3.30

Niagara University

3.37

Nyack College

2.88

Paul Smith's College

2.80

School of Visual Arts

3.34

St. Bonaventure University

3.39

St. Joseph's College—Brooklyn Campus

3.20

St. Thomas Aquinas College

3.00

SUNY Albany

3.20

SUNY College at Brockport

2.90

SUNY Buffalo State College

3.10

SUNY Cobleskill

3.00

SUNY College at Old Westbury

3.10

SUNY Fredonia

3.17

SUNY Maritime College

3.30

SUNY Plattsburgh

3.27

SUNY at Purchase (Purchase College)

3.34

Touro College

3.00

Utica College

3.20

Wells College

3.14

 

North Carolina

Barton College

3.17

Brevard College

3.07

Chowan University

2.66

Elizabeth City State University

3.23

Fayetteville State University

3.35

Greensboro College

3.35

Guilford College

3.19

High Point University

3.30

Johnson C. Smith University

2.79

Lenoir-Rhyne University

3.28

Livingstone College

2.32

Mars Hill University

3.24

Meredith College

3.37

Methodist University

3.28

Mid-Atlantic Christian University

3.09

Montreat College

3.07

Mount Olive College

2.85

North Carolina Central University

3.20

North Carolina Wesleyan College

3.20

Pfeiffer University

3.16

Piedmont International University

3.00

Shaw University

2.60

St. Andrews University

3.13

University of North Carolina at Asheville

3.37

William Peace University

3.37

Winston-Salem State University

3.01

 

North Dakota

Dickinson State University

3.28

Mayville State University

2.99

Minot State University

3.21

Valley City State University

3.25

 

Ohio

Art Academy of Cincinnati

3.10

Bluffton University

3.30

Central State University

2.70

Cincinnati Christian University

3.14

Cleveland Institute of Art

3.32

Cleveland State University

3.37

Defiance College

3.12

Heidelberg University

3.33

Hiram College

3.36

Kent State University at Kent

3.38

Lake Erie College

3.09

Lourdes University

3.26

Malone University

3.30

Muskingum University

3.29

Notre Dame College

2.88

Ohio Dominican University

3.26

Shawnee State University

3.30

Tiffin University

3.03

University of Rio Grande

3.06

Urbana University

3.00

Ursuline College

3.29

Wilmington College

3.20

Wright State University

3.34

Youngstown State University

3.37

 

Oklahoma

Cameron University

3.18

East Central University

3.37

Langston University

2.79

Northwestern Oklahoma State University

3.30

Oklahoma Wesleyan University

3.38

Rogers State University

3.09

Southeastern Oklahoma State University

3.36

Southern Nazarene University

3.30

Southwestern Christian University

3.22

 

Oregon

Eastern Oregon University

3.38

Multnomah University

3.20

Southern Oregon University

3.32

Warner Pacific College

3.25

Western Oregon University

3.32

 

Pennsylvania

Albright College

3.05

Alvernia University

3.33

Baptist Bible College and Seminary

3.31

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

3.28

Cabrini College

3.06

Cairn University

3.31

California University of Pennsylvania

3.16

Chestnut Hill College

3.20

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania

2.37

Delaware Valley College

3.32

DeSales University

3.29

East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

3.20

Edinboro University

3.18

Gwynedd-Mercy College

3.16

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

2.92

Holy Family University

3.13

Immaculata University

3.39

Keystone College

2.92

King's College

3.38

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

3.20

La Roche College

3.30

La Salle University

3.35

Lancaster Bible College

3.10

Lincoln University

3.14

Lock Haven University

3.31

Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

3.36

Millersville University of Pennsylvania

3.34

Misericordia University

3.36

Moore College of Art and Design

3.24

Muhlenberg College

3.31

Neumann University

3.10

Penn State Abington

3.15

Penn State Altoona

3.13

Penn State Beaver

3.18

Penn State Berks

3.10

Penn State Brandywine

3.03

Penn State DuBois

3.17

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

3.31

Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus

3.17

Penn State Greater Allegheny

3.17

Penn State Harrisburg

3.22

Penn State Hazleton

3.16

Penn State Lehigh Valley

3.16

Penn State Mont Alto

3.24

Penn State New Kensington

3.20

Penn State Schuylkill

2.93

Penn State Shenango

3.13

Penn State Worthington Scranton

3.10

Penn State York

3.13

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design

3.01

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.05

Rosemont College

3.15
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

3.20

Thiel College

3.10

University of Pittsburgh Bradford

3.31

Ursinus College

3.25

Valley Forge Christian College

3.13

 

Puerto Rico

Bayamon Central University

2.95

Caribbean University

2.64

Columbia College

2.00

EDP University of Puerto Rico

2.95

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Aguadilla Campus

3.08

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Barranquitas Campus

3.12

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Bayamon Campus

3.20

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Fajardo Campus

2.00

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Guyama Campus

3.08

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce Campus

2.75

Inter American University of Puerto Rico - San German Campus

3.20

Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico

3.25

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico

3.14

Universidad del Este

2.81

Universidad del Turabo

2.93

Universidad Metropolitana

2.84

University of Puerto Rico at Utuado

2.50

University of the Sacred Heart

2.99

 

Rhode Island

Bryant University

3.39

Roger Williams University

3.25

 

South Carolina

Bob Jones University

3.20

Claflin University

3.28

Limestone College

3.27

Morris College

2.57

South Carolina State University

2.85

University of South Carolina Beaufort

3.39

University of South Carolina Upstate

2.66

Voorhees College

2.00

 

 

South Dakota

Black Hills State University

3.14

Dakota State University

3.21

Dakota Wesleyan University

3.36

National American University - Rapid City

3.10

Northern State University

3.30

Presentation College

3.07

South Dakota State University

3.37

University of South Dakota

3.35

 

Tennessee

Austin Peay State University

3.25

Bethel University

3.05

Cumberland University

3.30

Fisk University

3.10

Lane College

2.56

LeMoyne-Owen College

2.50

O'More College of Design

3.28

Tennessee State University

2.86

Tennessee Wesleyan College

3.28

Welch College

3.34

 

Texas

Concordia University Texas

3.30

Criswell College

3.16

Dallas Christian College

3.06

Howard Payne University

3.30

Jarvis Christian College

2.77

Lamar University

3.28

Northwood University

3.31

Paul Quinn College

2.60

Prairie View A&M University

3.20

Southwestern Adventist University

3.30

Sul Ross State University

3.17

Texas A&M University—Commerce

3.38

Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi

3.26

Texas College

2.90

Texas Southern University

2.84

Texas Wesleyan University

3.35

Texas Woman's University

3.21

University of Houston - Clear Lake

3.35

University of Texas at El Paso

3.30

University of Texas at Tyler

3.38

Wayland Baptist University

3.33

Wiley College

2.53

 

Utah

Dixie State College

3.26

Neumont College of Computer Science

3.10

Weber State University

3.25

 

Vermont

Castleton State College

3.00

College of St. Joseph

2.80

Johnson State College

3.32

Marlboro College

3.09

Norwich University

3.07

Southern Vermont College

2.35

Sterling College

3.10

Vermont Technical College

3.19

 

Virginia

Averett University

3.26

Bluefield College

3.11

Ferrum College

2.88

Jefferson College of Health Sciences

3.33

Longwood University

3.37

Marymount University

3.26

Norfolk State University

2.90

Old Dominion University

3.34

Radford University

3.25

Virginia State University

2.85

Virginia Union University

2.71

Virginia Wesleyan College

3.24

 

U.S. Virgin Islands

University of the Virgin Islands

3.18

 

Washington

Central Washington University

3.06

Eastern Washington University

3.21

Evergreen State College

3.05

University of Washington Tacoma

3.29

 

West Virginia

Alderson-Broaddus University

3.20

Bethany College

2.85

Bluefield State College

3.34

Davis and Elkins College

2.90

Fairmont State University

3.29

Glenville State College

3.10

Ohio Valley University

3.17

University of Charleston

3.35

West Liberty University

3.35

West Virginia State University

3.14

Wheeling Jesuit University

3.33

 

Wisconsin

Alverno College

3.12

Beloit College

3.31

Cardinal Stritch University

3.16

Carthage College

3.30

Lakeland University

3.00

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

3.04

Mount Mary University

3.06

Northland College

3.30

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

2.66

University of Wisconsin—Green Bay

3.33

University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee

3.13

University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh

3.30

University of Wisconsin—Parkside

3.09

University of Wisconsin—River Falls

3.36

University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point

3.26

University of Wisconsin—Stout

3.20

University of Wisconsin—Superior

3.23

University of Wisconsin—Whitewater

3.27

Wisconsin Lutheran College

3.38

 

 

 

The Final Word: Colleges With Low GPA Requirements

As you can see, a low GPA—usually one around 3.0 or lower—doesn't have to disqualify you from some great colleges. In fact, many schools with low GPA requirements are popular, well-known state universities. By contrast, if you're a fan of smaller colleges, there are plenty of those, too, you can consider.

In addition, no matter where you are in the US, more than likely there's a school with low GPA requirements in or near the area you live (except Wyoming—sorry, guys!). Some states in the list above have far more schools than others; this is likely a result of population differences.

Finally, remember that even if your GPA is lower than what your school expects, you can increase your chance of acceptance by getting a high SAT/ACT score and submitting a great application!

 

What’s Next?

What's a good GPA? A bad GPA? Here's a complete guide.

 

 

Want to see colleges that are even easier to get into? Take a look at our list of schools that admit almost everyone.

You know your GPA, but do you know your target test scores? Figure out what your target SAT or target ACT score should be for the colleges you're interested in.

Ready to learn more about the application process? Check out this handy infographic that lays it all out in detail.

 

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Dr. Anna Wulick
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Anna scored in the 99th percentile on her SATs in high school, and went on to major in English at Princeton and to get her doctorate in English Literature at Columbia. She is passionate about improving student access to higher education.



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