A successful college application demonstrates your capacity for higher education. Your high school grade point average, or GPA earned at another college, provide admissions counselors with a fairly accurate indication of how you'll perform. Without exception, you must have a passing GPA or higher to be accepted.

The Bottom Line

Some colleges disclose their GPA admissions requirements, others do not. Among those that do, some require you to have at least a "C" average, or a 2.0 GPA, in order to review your application. Highly competitive institutions such as the University of California require applicants to have a 3.0 GPA for consideration. Some of the nation's top-ranked colleges and universities, such as Harvard University, don't disclose GPA requirements. However, given that such universities only admit a select few students annually, it's safe to assume you must have a fairly high GPA, nearing 4.0, to gain admissions.