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3.8 GPA Colleges

GPA, or Grade Point Average, provides a numeric summary of academic performance by averaging all of your final class grades. A 3.8 GPA is just shy of a straight “A” average and indicates that you’ve received mostly As.

Is a 3.8 GPA Good?

GPA is measured on a 4.0 scale, with 4.0 correlating to flawless straight As every semester. A 3.8 GPA is only two tenths of a point below that “perfect” GPA, demonstrating consistent performance at a high level. To put this in perspective, the average GPA of graduating high school seniors is a 3.0—a 3.8 GPA far exceeds that figure. It also outpaces the 3.5 benchmark that most selective colleges use as an unspoken baseline for admission.

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

The most important thing for freshmen and sophomores to do at this point is to recognize that a 3.8 GPA means you can submit a competitive application to just about every college. Because of this, set a goal to continue doing the work to maintain it. Notice the academic skills that helped earn a 3.8 GPA and cultivate them going forward. It’s also important to put some time and energy into extracurriculars, including (but certainly not limited to) after school clubs and organizations, sports (varsity or otherwise), and community service. Come college application season, higher education institutions will be looking for well-rounded students submitting a passionate personal statement, and extracurriculars are often where that comes from.

As for juniors, remember that most colleges weigh standardized test scores on par with GPA when considering applications. With a stellar GPA already achieved, concentrate on preparing for the upcoming ACT or SAT exams. During your study time, take a few practice tests to get used to the format of a college entrance exam. Be sure to time yourself and make notes about any sections that are difficult or tricky so you know where to focus your studies. Familiarizing yourself with test taking strategies, such as educated guessing and skimming long paragraphs of text for pertinent information, can also come in handy.

If you’re a senior, focus on making sure that the rest of your application is as strong as possible. Have your college counselor look at your application essay to ensure that it best represents your voice and accomplishments. Put together a list of after school activities and determine if there’s time to join any other clubs that interest you. Above all, you should be proud and step confidently into the college application process—a 3.8 GPA already makes you an extremely competitive applicant at a majority of institutions.

What Colleges Can I Apply to With a 3.8 GPA?

Your GPA makes you eligible for consideration at a sizable number of colleges and universities and we’ve compiled a sample list of schools to consider below. No GPA guarantees admission, regardless of how high, but all of these colleges have established a history of accepting students in the 3.8-3.9 range.
 

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Originally founded as a women’s college, Seton Hill University is a coeducational Catholic liberal arts college in western Pennsylvania. Seton Hill is home to five schools conferring undergrad degrees in over 80 academic majors. In addition, all...

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The student to teacher ratio is about 16:1. You will have more of an opportunity to have one on one learning experience. Also there are no teaching assistants or student teachers, they are all professionals.

” – Madeline from Hudson, OH

The College of Idaho is a 4-year institution established in Treasure Valley, near the city of Caldwell, and was the state’s first private, liberal arts college. The college offers a unique PEAK curriculum for its undergraduate students, which is...

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The College of Idaho has smaller class rooms than the larger schools in this area. I came in with a lower GPA and needed a little more help and have found it here. I am going into my second year with a truly positive and excited attitude. Who...

” – Toni from Nampa, ID

College of the Atlantic is a private, 4-year institution established in Bar Harbor, Maine. The campus features a variety of facilities unique to the environment, such as the Beech Hill and Peggy Rockefeller Farms. All students enrolling in COA create...

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Built to let you find your own way to your own passion. Wedged between the Atlantic Ocean and a national park, it's the perfect setting for experiential learning. This is a school of Human Ecology, and it's up to the students to make that phrase do...

” – Alex from Cedarburg, WI

Millsaps College is a private liberal arts college that is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. This Christian institution offers specialized academic programs that include a teaching fellowship, a writing program and an honors program. The...

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The thing I love about the Millsaps curriculum is that it's interesting -I even look forward to classes everyday. I highly value the liberal arts experience because it goes beyond the flat technicalities so often taught in some subjects and...

” – Amy from Hattiesburg, MS

Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, GA

Covenant College is a liberal arts school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. It is located atop Lookout Mountain in Georgia and is rated as having “more selective” admissions. Student-life and the academic curriculum revolves around Reformed...

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The classes at Covenant are challenging in the best way. In my first year of college I was pushed to do things I could not imagine myself being able to accomplish, until I did. The professors are caring and extremely helpful as they push you to do...

” – Melanie from Janesville, WI

John Brown University is an independent Christian institution focused on liberal arts, sciences, and professional skills. JBU is based in the rural town of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and is rated as having “more selective” admissions. JBU operates an...

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JBU is amazing from what I have read, saw on virtual tour, and heard. the people there are from all over the country. It is a religious school, so (as at all schools) I am sure there will be SOME drinking, but when you go there, you sign an agreement...

” – Crystal from W. MIDDLESEX, PA

Columbia International University is a private 4-year Christian college in South Carolina’s state capital. CIU offers 24 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary academic programs, all of which are founded on a biblical worldview. As a Christian...

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Columbia International University is a very diverse and highly valued college. The staff,faculty, and students are all part of what makes the school so compelling . The school is focused on give each student an education that will allow them to Know...

” – Megan from Columbia, SC

Christian Brothers University is a private college administered by a Catholic teaching order, the De La Salle Christian Brothers. The school is located in Memphis, Tennessee, and provides a Lasallian-based curriculum, but there are more than 34...

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Professors are knowledgeable and approachable.

” – Royale from Memphis, TN

Founded in 1814 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Spalding University is a 4-year institution in Louisville. Spalding grants bachelor’s degrees in 14 academic fields of study. All classes at Spalding follow a block schedule format where students...

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Spalding is an amazing companionate school. Each professor I have had the pleasure to meet are truly interested in making sure your learn to your best ability and feel comfortable. Spalding also has an amazing campus and student body that are...

” – Jaelin from Louisville, KY

Wabash College
Crawfordsville, IN

One of only three all-male institutions of higher learning in the United States, Wabash College is a liberal arts college in western Indiana. Wabash offers undergraduate degrees in 25 academic majors and features a Liberal Arts Plus initiative to...

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Wabash College is a small, liberal arts college for males in Crawfordsville Indiana that pushes young men to go beyond the minimum of what is asked of a college student. Wabash provides numerous opportunities for their students to get involved and...

” – Michael from Carmel, IN

Washington & Jefferson College was founded as three log cabin schools in 1781. It is a private liberal arts college that provides a curriculum focused on preparing students to go on to professional and graduate schools. The school offers a large...

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All my professors are incredibly intelligent and always available and willing to help students. My best advice to perspective and enrolling students would be to talk to professors whether you are in one of their courses or not. Taking the time to get...

” – Mina from Chicago

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame of Maryland University is a Catholic school in Baltimore and the only women’s college in the state. Notre Dame is home to schools of Arts & Sciences, Education, Pharmacy, and Nursing conferring...

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I am so happy to call NDMU my home during the school year. I could not be happier with my decision to go here! The staff and faculty care so much for the students and I live it!

” – Rebecca from Crofton, MD

University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a public institution and arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. It is the first school of Arts in the nation to be funded by the state. The most popular fields of study are...

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It has been called the magic hill and I believe it is. Magic is made, created, imagined, seen, and discovered here. YOU WILL WORK HARDER THAN YOU EVER HAVE AND BE MORE EXHAUSTED THAN YOU'VE EVER BEEN AND, HOPEFULLY, THE MOST FULFILLED YOU HAVE EVER...

” – Carissa from Sacramento, CA

Founded in 1890, Asbury University is a multi-denominational Christian liberal arts college in central Kentucky. Asbury is home to 15 academic departments conferring undergrad degrees in over 150 fields of study, including the only Equine Studies...

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Although it depends on the class and the professor, you will definitely walk away with more than one thing you never knew from each course. Each of the professors have their unique touch in the classroom, and it fascinates me to know how educated...

” – Emily from Strathmore, CA

The United States Coast Guard Academy is a service academy located in coastal Connecticut and the only military academy overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. The Coast Guard offers bachelor’s degrees in nine professional or engineering...

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The Coast Guard Academy is a highly competitive school both academically and militarily. I have been faced with my hardest challenges here. I would make the choice to come here a thousand times over.

” – Chase from Allyn, WA

The University of South Carolina-Aiken is a public institution rated as having “selective” admissions that offers programs grounded in the liberal arts and sciences curriculum. USCA promotes individual attention for students through small classes and...

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The University of South Carolina - Aiken is one of the top five schools in South Carolina. No other branch of University of South Carolina can say that. All professors work with you and are easily accessible. Everything that you need will be on the...

” – Jemar from Elko, SC

Originally founded in Japan and guided by Buddhist principles, Soka University of America is a 4-year liberal arts institution in Orange County. SUA hosts a bachelor’s degree-granting program with concentrations in Environmental Studies, Social &...

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I think any college experience will result in learning a lot...weather from professors or friends. So in that respect Soka does not stand out. However it does have excellent, dedicated professors who you get to know if you choose to. Classes are...

” – victor from Seattle, WA

SUNY Polytechnic Institute is a 4-year public technology-focused university with two primary locations in upstate New York and a campus of the State University of New York system. SUNY Poly hosts six colleges conferring undergrad degrees in 54 fields...

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It has a new nursing program, a partnership with st. elizabeths hospital.

” – Lauren from Clifton Park, NY

The King's College is a nondenominational Christian institution focused on a liberal arts curriculum. It is located in the Financial District in New York City. All students must sign an honor code to not “lie, steal, cheat, or turn a blind eye to...

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~Get in the habit of wearing business casual.
~Attend the Inviso event.

” – Student from NY

Sewanee, The University of the South, is a 4-year liberal arts college in south central Tennessee. Operated by the dioceses of the Episcopal Church, Sewanee offers bachelor’s degrees in 36 academic majors. In addition, Swanee holds a partnership with...

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The classes here challenge me greatly. In high school I got A's with little to no studying, especially my freshman and sophomore years. This is only my first semester here and I only have one A the last time I checked (everything else is a B...

” – Alisha from Knoxville, TN

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry is an environmental studies institution in Syracuse and the oldest forestry-related college in the United States. SUNY ESF grants bachelor’s and associate degrees in 27 ecological fields of study and...

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I am learning tons about the things I care about. SUNY-ESF offers only classes which concern almost any environmental field. In English we read books all about the environment, in History we learn the history of the environmental movement, in...

” – Samamtha from White Hall, MD

Founded in 1864, St Louis College of Pharmacy is a private institution established in the Washington University Medical Center biomedical complex. The college offers Bachelor of Science degrees, Bachelor of Arts degrees, and Doctor of Pharmacy...

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As a 1st year, a lot of what is being covered right now is review. However, since pharmacy is the only major, everything taught here has a pharmacy spin on it. This helps me realize that I am actually at school to become a pharmacist. I feel like we...

” – Alexis from Murrieta, CA

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is a private engineering school in the greater Boston area dedicated to training future innovators. Olin features a curriculum that encourages collaboration and culminates in undergraduate degrees in...

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Olin has a very positive and unique environment. The college encourages students to experiment and pursue their interests by providing resources and help from faculty. Olin is also very small, so you get to know everyone quickly.

” – Anonymous from California

Emmanuel College - Massachusetts is a private Roman Catholic institution. Originally a women’s college, it is now coeducational. EC is a part of the Colleges of Fenway consortium and operates two satellite locations in Quincy and Woburn as well as a...

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The professors really make an effort to make sure students understand the material. The small student-to-faculty ratio allows for better comprehension and focused learning.

” – Sarah from East Hartford, CT

The New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology is a doctoral-level university that focuses on STEM disciplines, including information technology, computer science, physics and civil engineering. The campus is situated in the Rio Grande Valley...

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The answer Is definitely. This school is Strongly thrives on the academic status of its students, so of course they provide the tools and resources for student success. the classes are not as big as a regular college I am only a second semester...

” – Andres from Socorro, NM

Established by a collaborative partnership between the American and Bulgarian governments, American University in Bulgaria is a college in western Bulgaria and the first American-style liberal arts university in Eastern Europe. AUBG confers...

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A small liberal arts university in the heart of the balkans, situated in a student city. Student life, clubs and activities are a major part in the day to day life. Most importantly, the campus of full of event, love and smiles (a bit too much i...

” – Carl from Turkey

California Lutheran University is a private, liberal arts institution in the town of Thousand Oaks, California. With students hailing from more than 49 countries, Cal Lutheran features a diverse enrollment and is a federally designated Hispanic...

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How could you NOT learn here, there are so few students per class and the professors know you!!I was taking an easy class in my major and the professor found out I was bored, so he offered me a chance to audit an upper level class in something I was...

” – Austin from El Cajon, CA

Linfield College-McMinnville Campus is an undergraduate liberal arts school that accepts new enrollments for both the fall and spring semesters. The 189-acre campus features the Miller Fine Arts Center/Linfield Gallery, the Vivian A. Bull Music...

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Linfield College has great professors who encourage you to come see them whether you need help or just want to chat. The campus is small and intimate so where ever you go, you see people you know. The education is great and every one wants you to...

” – mangotango520

The College of Saint Benedict is a private, Christ-centered women’s institution established in Stearns County, Minnesota. Saint Benedict offers over 60 undergraduate degree programs, as well as six master’s degree programs in Theology, Ministry, and...

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Classes here are challenging, certainly, but we're not paying private school tuition to take easy classes! Of course, the level of difficulty per class depends on the prof and the type of class (101 vs. Honors 311), but overall expect to have to work...

” – Trish from Mankato

The Master’s University is a conservative, Christian, liberal arts university located in Santa Clarita, CA. The tree-filled, 95-acre campus offers 14 undergraduate majors and 4 graduate degrees, as well as teaching credentials and dual-enrollment...

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The Master's College has already taught me so much and I have not started my semester. Their teachings have reached me through their networking of other brothers and sisters in Christ and that is just a taste of what would happen once I finally start...

” – Vincent from Long Beach, CA

The University of Puerto Rico-Humacao is a regional campus of the UPR system in eastern Puerto Rico. UPR Humacao is home to 16 academic departments and an honors program. As a science-intensive institution, UPR Humacao features more chemistry...

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It is clean, comfortable, the people who attend the university are very formal, they respect each other. The services the university has to help students is excellent. The facilities are mostly clean not perfect, but clean.

” – Dianel from Puerto Rico

Established in 1967, the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey is a public, 4-year institution located on an urban, 145-acre campus in Cayey. UPR Cayey offers academic programs in 12 areas of study, as well as an Honors Studies Program that features...

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Wonderful university. The campus is beautiful with lots of landscaping, sculptures, fountains, benches and tables. The professors are great and the class sizes are generally small, although some classes do contain multiple sections.

Affiliated with the Jewish Theological Seminary, List College is a Conservative Jewish college in New York City. All List College students enroll in a Jewish Studies curriculum and choose from eleven Jewish theological majors such as Talmud &...

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List College of The Jewish Theological Seminary is a dynamic, Jewish learning environment. With its dual-degree program with Columbia University's School of General Studies or its Double Degree Program with Barnard College, List College provides a...

” – Nicole from Golden Beach, FL

Oxford College of Emory University is a two-year liberal arts institution located in Oxford, Georgia, and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. They operate an 11-acre organic farm which is used as an educational research tool and functional...

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Small, but an excellent school.

” – Garrett from Spartanburg, SC

Hope College is a 4-year liberal arts institute located in downtown Holland. Hope partners with the Reformed Church in America but welcomes students of all faiths, as well as those of no faith. The liberal arts curriculum at Hope is threaded through...

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The academics at Hope are outstanding. Yes, that means the classes can be difficult and a lot of work, but the professors are all excellent; supportive, encouraging, and willing to help you out at virtually any time. They genuinely want you to...

” – Dale from Grandville, MI