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Big universities with a GPA around 3.4?

jrlcc2019jrlcc2019 9 replies7 threads Junior Member
I know they’re hard to find but does anyone know of any large universities with sports teams (preferably D1), greek life, big school spirit etc. with around a 3.4 GPA for admission?
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 6895 replies171 threads Senior Member
    There’s plenty. More than you would think and especially your own state. But scores essays finances and major are huge ingredients
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  • me29034me29034 2078 replies103 threads Senior Member
    Lots of large publics will take kids with that GPA
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  • SC AnteaterSC Anteater 354 replies17 threads Member
    What state are you in?
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  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston 15787 replies1056 threads Senior Member
    Is the 3.4 unweighted?
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  • ZweikinderZweikinder 15 replies1 threads Junior Member
    University of Iowa!
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  • jrlcc2019jrlcc2019 9 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I’m in New Jersey, the only one here that I know of is Rutgers. I’m looking more out of state though.
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  • jrlcc2019jrlcc2019 9 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Yes UW my school doesn’t calculate weighted
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  • TTGTTG 1663 replies14 threads Senior Member
    A lot would depend on whether or not that GPA is unweighted, the classes you are taking (how rigorous), test scores, ECs, essays, etc.

    A lot of state flagships would probably be in play--not UNC, UVA, UGA, Michigan, Wisconsin, Washington, UCs, and a few others--but many of the rest might be. Any preference for a particular part of the country?

    Here's one funny thought (for an NJ student): University of Kanas. I'm going in a few weeks. Lawrence gets very high marks as a fun college town with a high-tech vibe, and lots of diverse restaurants. I saw one ranking that had it as THE BEST college town. You also get big-time sports and a major research university.

    University of Missouri is another one. In terms of admissions/applications/funding, it's taken a beating over the last couple of years because of some political controversies, but still a major research university with everything you want, and some pretty reasonable weather. Do check to see how your areas of interest are staffed up. They have had budget cuts there, though I would expect things to move back to normal.

    If you think the West might be nice, you could check the University of Utah and University of Colorado and/or Colorado State. CSU is in Fort Collins, a very beautiful town, sports aren't big, big time, but are D1.

    Iowa and Nebraska might work if Midwest appeals. They are actually both in urban locations, so there are things to do around campus, sports and otherwise. Maybe Michigan State too.

    You might also consider Kentucky or Tennessee, if that part of the country appeals. Or maybe South Carolina--beautiful campus.

    Really, if you can pay OOS, there are lots of great possibilities where you can get an outstanding education and do all the college things you want to do. Good luck!
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  • moooopmoooop 2205 replies17 threads Senior Member
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    Nebraska. Kansas, Kansas state, West Virginia, Oklahoma State, Colorado, Iowa State. Texas Tech. South Florida, Central Florida, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Louisiana State, Arkansas.
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  • happy1happy1 24015 replies2407 threads Super Moderator
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    Good ideas above. Also look into Arizona State and University of Arizona.
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  • aec611aec611 11 replies1 threads New Member
    Indiana - becoming increasingly popular with kids from NJ and NY.
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  • sensation723sensation723 571 replies1 threads Member
    You won't get any merit but you might get accepted to university of Alabama
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  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama 84339 replies1049 threads Forum Champion

    What are your parents saying about paying full price at an OOS school?
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  • privatebankerprivatebanker 6895 replies171 threads Senior Member
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  • artloversplusartloversplus 8612 replies251 threads Senior Member
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    Utah, Wyoming, Montana, The Dakotas, Connecticut, Rhode Island, SUNY (many campuses), CUNY, CCNY, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Hawaii... Almost all big state flags, except the ones mentioned in #8 above. Merit, that is another matter.
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  • jrlcc2019jrlcc2019 9 replies7 threads Junior Member
    My parents are okay with paying OOS tuition, the most expensive one I’m looking at is around 60K and that’s the one they’re pushing for me to go to.
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  • Wien2NCWien2NC 1042 replies19 threads Senior Member

    what school do your parents favor? do you have an SAT or ACT score yet?

    Ole Miss will not only accept you with a 3.4, depending on your SAT you could get an automatic scholarship.

    staying in the South there is:
    South Carolina
    Central Florida
    South Florida
    West Virginia

    your neck of the woods:
    Rhode Island
    New Hampshire
    you could try Delaware and Vermont

    Ohio State would likely be a reach
    Michigan State - might be a reach
    Iowa State
    Kansas State
    Oklahoma State

    Arizona State
    Boise State
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  • college_querycollege_query 4447 replies354 threads Senior Member
    With a 3.25 GPA and an ACT of 24 or an SAT of 1160, you can get a scholarship for $11,077/year at the University of Kansas.

    If you are able to raise your GPA to 3.5, and have an ACT of 28 or an SAT of 1310, you'll receive $13,580/year.

    Out-of-state tuition and fees is currently $26,592.

    It's hard to beat KU during basketball season.

    However, if you want a winning football team, you're probably better off looking elsewhere.
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  • moooopmoooop 2205 replies17 threads Senior Member
    Colorado accepts about 85% of applicants, so you'd probably have a good shot there.
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  • jrlcc2019jrlcc2019 9 replies7 threads Junior Member
    My mom really likes Seton Hall in NJ but it’s not a big university like what I want and it’s more expensive than others that have everything I’m looking for. They both also really like LSU and Penn State but I’m nervous about Penn State. I keep seeing Alabama and I haven’t looked into them yet. Does anyone know how the area around UA is?
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