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what are colleges that accept 3.5 average gpa

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Sheryl T. Smikle,’s Answer

While I like the previous answer, I would not recommend hiring a private college counselor. It does not pass the smell test in light of the recent College Admissions scandals with privileged celebrities and their unqualified progeny. I am not clear why your GPA is the central question. It is always helpful to have a strong GPA. Adding a standardized test score, although not always required, offers another data point about your aptitude: CLEP, AP, SAT, or ACT scores. You also did not say if you are interested in a two-year or four-year college. Additionally, what are your academic interests? Where do you wish to study? Do you prefer a college or a university setting? Are you interested in a religious college, business college or a liberal arts one? Once you have a college profile, then you can refer to the typical guides as well as the Underground Students' Guide to Colleges, especially since visiting in-person might not be feasible. So, suffice to say your grades are strong. However, be aware that many students have top GPAs. You need to differentiate yourself by your interests, and how well you do in those areas, engagement beyond the classroom (clubs, activities, etc.), special interests, and unusual accomplishments. These items flesh out who you are beyond your GPA and if you have identified the right colleges for you will clearly indicate you would be a great addition.
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James’s Answer

There are a multitude of colleges/universities that will accept a student with a great GPA in the range of 3.5. The best suggestion I would make is to speak with your school guidance counselor or if your budget allows hire a private college counselor to assist with creating a list with your demographic (where you want to attend) and any other interests you may desire for a four year college/university. Programs like Naviance can help in the creation of lists but it's always best to do your own research first.
Lastly, other considerations for you may be that if you are seeking additional money or academic scholarships you may also want to consider those colleges/universities that require a lower GPA say for ex a 3.0 or 2.8- the reason being is that admissions may be willing to offer and attract a student who has displayed a higher level of academic performance.

James recommends the following next steps:

Research your interest for majors and location, GPA
Speak with your guidance counselor or private college counselor
Consider all options ie colleges with higher and lower GPA requirements
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Emily,

There are many colleges that accept a 3.5 GPA. I think the main question would be what do the rest of your scores look like? For instance, if you had a 3.5 GPA and scored a 30 on the ACT, a university might value that higher than someone with a 4.0 GPA and a 25 on the ACT. Admission process has a lot of factors, and GPA is just one of them.

Thanks,
Blake
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Russell’s Answer

Many colleges will consider you with a 3.5 GPA but please understand that colleges admit students using more than just GPA. Colleges will consider your application answers, your extracurricular activities, and your background. There are a lot of areas to think about when considering college admittance and your GPA is just one of them.
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Dakayla’s Answer

There are many colleges that accept students with a 3.5 GPA average. I would recommend looking at the admission requirements for the colleges that you may be interest in to see what their GPA requirements are.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Emily:

Thank you for your question. I agree with Professor Smikle's comments (without repeating). I recommend researching colleges that you are interested in and see what their admissions and GPA requirements are. There are many colleges out there that accept a 3.5 GPA. Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

US News • https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/a-plus
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