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2.1 GPA Colleges

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is determined by calculating a numerical average of your final grades throughout your high school career. A 2.1 GPA is slightly above a straight “C” average and indicates that almost all of your grades have been Cs.

Is A 2.1 GPA Good?

A grade of C is considered “average” and a 2.1 is a fraction of a step towards “above average.” With the national average GPA for graduating high school students at 3.0 (and the average for students who apply to college higher than that), a 2.1 still isn’t considered competitive, but may open one or two more college options. Technically, a 2.0 GPA is unofficially the lowest grade point average that qualifies for acceptance into a standard college, but a 2.1 is still too low to clear the bar for admission at most schools.

I Want to Go to College, What Do I Do?

For freshman and sophomores, there’s still time to bring your GPA up to the national average of 3.0. The best advice is to commit yourself to slow and steady improvements in all your classes by studying more. If your high school has academic counselors or tutors, utilize their services. Start with a goal of making incremental growth from C to C+ or from C+ to B-. And once you reach those goals, keep striving to improve. If you’re eventually able to earn Bs and a few As in all of your classes, your GPA will start rising closer to the 3.0 mark.

Juniors have a more difficult task at this point since there isn’t enough time to raise a 2.1 GPA to a 3.0. Every tenth of a point you get closer to that competitive level opens up  more college options, though. Focus on improving your grades as well as on earning some good standardized test scores—the combination makes your odds of acceptance all the better!

Unfortunately, for seniors it’s not possible to significantly raise your GPA by the application deadline for most colleges. At this point, a good option to consider is a 2-year college. Most local community colleges or junior colleges feature an open enrollment policy, which means that all students can attend regardless of GPA. Community colleges also offer the added benefit of saving money thanks to lower tuition and the opportunity to commute from home. During this time, community college provides the opportunity to establish a good GPA over two years and become eligible to transfer to a 4-year college or university with junior standing.

What Colleges Can I Apply to with a 2.1 GPA?

A comparatively small number of colleges accept students with a 2.1 GPA and we have compiled a list of them below. Be aware that this does not guarantee admission and is only a list of institutions that have previously admitted students with a GPA in the 2.1-2.2 range.
 

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Founded in 1865, Bowie State University is the oldest Historically Black College and University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the United States. Bowie State encompasses colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, Business, and Professional...

“…Bowie State University is a small school with about 6,000 students. While mostly commuter, it serves those in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and is easily accessible by public transportation. Most importantly, the campus is a tight-knit...” – Julius from Landover, MD

Fresno City College is a two-year community college with an open admissions policy. The college is based in Fresno, California, and confers associate degrees and certificates. FCC provides the option for 25 month-programs that come with guaranteed...

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Voorhees College is a private, historically black institution located in Denmark, South Carolina. The school offers degree options that can be completed entirely in evening courses for students with scheduling limitations. Voorhees’ campus features...

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Located a short distance from both the Green Mountains and the nearby town of Bennington, Southern Vermont College offers a liberal arts education rooted in the principles of social responsibility and environmental protection. Every first year...

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McHenry County College is a 2-year community college serving the northwest suburbs in the Chicagoland area. MCC confers degrees in 20 academic departments as well as numerous career and technical program certificates. For students who need academic...

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“…I never thought I had a chance of attending a 4 year college, nevertheless wanting to stay. Southern University at New Orleans is a school of chance and a school where everyone succeeds and all faculty see to it that you do. There's no failure at...” – Paulitha from New Orleans, LA

Founded in 1867, Talladega College is private liberal arts school and the oldest historically black institution in Alabama. It is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and situated at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Top fields of study...

“…I Love Talladega College” – Shakiria from Greensboro, AL

Richland Community College is a 2-year community college with a main campus and two extension sites in central Illinois. Richland is home to six academic divisions offering degrees and certificates in over 80 fields of study. For environmentally...

“…RCC staff are pleasant and very informative. The campus is very accessible to all needs. The 'My Richland' website has every aspect of the school at one's fingertips!” – Catherine from Decatur, IL

Louisburg College is a private, 2-year institution established in the state of North Carolina. The 6-acre campus consists of 20 academic buildings and is the only 2-year residential campus in the region. The college offers 12 different areas of study...

“…Love the small classes. Spacious dorming. Definitely going to attend this upcoming year.” – Laurence from Garner, NC

Founded in 1837, Cheyney University of Pennsylvania is the first historically black university in the nation and a member of the Thurgood Marshall Fund. This public institution is home to a planetarium and aquaponics greenhouse, and features a...

“…Cheyney University is a good college. I like the time there, because it's filled with nothing but positive people. It's a safe and homey environment and I plan to spend the rest of my college years there. ” – Shamir from Philadelphia, PA

Metropolitan College of New York is a private school with locations in lower Manhattan and The Bronx. MCNY offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs divided among its three schools. All classes are founded on MCNY’s philosophy of purpose...

Southern University Shreveport Louisiana is a 2-year commuter campus of Southern University and an institution designated an Historically Black College. SULA is home to six academic departments offering associate degrees as well as a Louisiana...

“…Southern University is a great place to obtain a associate degree. The professor are friendly and passionate. There are many different degree choices. ” – Arielle from Shreveport, LA

Valley Forge Military College is an independent institution established in Wayne, Pennsylvania. The college is connected to a preparatory boarding school that serves students from grades 7 to 12. Students enrolling in VFMC have the option of...

Southeast Technical Institute is a 2-year technical and vocational school in Sioux Falls. Southeast Tech is home to ten academic departments hosting over 60 degree and certificate-granting programs. For students who desire the opportunity to learn a...

“…A great place to learn and be accepted. Quick, fast, and right to the job, only having to learn what you need to learn. Hands on learning with teachers to help you succeed.” – Brianna from Sioux Falls, SD

Louisiana Delta Community College is a 2-year institution with eight campuses in the northeast part of the state. LDCC academic degree programs are divided into five schools and the Louisiana transfer associate degree ensures that credits will...

Founded by the leader of one of the largest Buddhist organizations on the planet, the University of the West is a liberal arts college that blends western-style education with Buddhist wisdom. UWest offers four undergraduate programs in Liberal Arts,...

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Originally founded in 1878 as a training school for African American ministers and teachers, Selma University is an Historically Black Bible College affiliated with the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention. While most of Selma’s degree...

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“…It is a great college. Paul D. Camp cares about their students. Paul D. Camp is highly recommended in my area.” – Keith from Suffolk, VA

Founded by the All Indian Pueblo Council, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute is a 2-year Native American tribal community college in Albuquerque. SIPI confers degrees and certificates in 12 academic programs. SIPI’s enrollment features...

“…great programs to choose from. great student to teacher ratio. small class sizes for better interaction.” – Alexis from Albuquerque, NM

Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service is a non-profit corporation providing post-secondary education and training for the funeral service industry. Gupton-Jones offers an associate degree program in Funeral Service at its Atlanta-area campus as...

Established in 1968, Western Dakota Technical Institute is a public, 2-year institution located in Rapid City. As the only technical college operating in western South Dakota, Western Dakota Tech offers associate’s degree, diploma, and certificate...

“…Goals are achieved at WDT. The future looks bright and change is happening every year.” – Lenora from Rapid City, SD

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