Can I Get Into Buffalo State College with a Low GPA?

A couple days ago, Trebor asked my opinion on the question below, and I wanted to share my response with all of you!

“I have a 2.4 GPA. What are my chances of getting into Buffalo State College? Should I even try?” – Trebor

According to the research I performed, the average GPA of admitted students at Buffalo State College in New York is 3.15. However, the school does admit 9% of students who have GPA’s between 2.0 and 2.49. Below is a breakdown of GPA’s by incoming freshmen:

3.75+ – 6%
3.5 – 3.74 – 12%
3.25 – 3.49 – 20%
3.00 – 3.24 – 29%
2.50 – 2.99 – 24%
2.00 – 2.49 – 9%

I’m encouraged by the fact that 24% of incoming freshman had GPA’s between 2.5 and 2.99, since your 2.4 GPA isn’t that far from a 2.5.

However, there are some additional factors that need to be considered. Like most colleges, Buffalo State rated GPA, rigor of secondary school record, and standardized test scores as the top 3 things considered during their admission decision.

While I don’t have your test scores or know the rigor of your school record, I can give you the average SAT scores for admitted freshman at Buffalo State:

Reading: 440-530
Math: 450-540
Writing: 430-520

The bottom line is that I’d definitely encourage you to apply. Based on GPA alone, this would be a reach school for you, however since I’m missing some key information I can’t fully weigh in on your chances of getting admitted. Perhaps your standardized test scores are well within the range of the admitted freshman, thereby increasing your chances.

Also, you should be sure to apply to a variety of schools (at least 5). One or two should be long-shots (or reach schools), two to three should be target schools, and one or two should be safety schools. (In this case, Buffalo State would be considered a reach school.

If you need more help researching schools, check out our blog post: 3 Ways To Quickly Research Colleges.

Best of luck Trebor and thanks so much for visiting our site! Now let’s see what others have to say…

Poll the audience: Do you have some advice for Trebor? Did you apply or know someone who applied to Buffalo State College? If so, we’d love to hear from you in our comments box below!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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