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Instructions for calculating self-reported GPA

When you complete your application for admission, you are required to provide your undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA). If you've already attended graduate school elsewhere, you are also required to submit a cumulative graduate GPA.
  1. Enter your cumulative GPA as it appears on your transcript.
  2. Indicate the scale used (e.g., 4.0 scale).

If your transcript does not provide a calculated cumulative GPA, here's how to calculate it yourself

  1. Multiply the point value of the letter grade (see scale below) by the number of credit hours (credits, units). The result is the quality points (grade points) earned for the course.
  2. Total the quality points for all terms.
  3. Total the credit hours for all terms.
  4. Divide the total quality points for all terms by the total credit hours for all terms.
  5. The result is your cumulative GPA.

Example:

Step 1:
A (4.0) x 3 credit hours = 12.0 quality points
A- (3.7) x 2 credit hours = 7.4 quality points
B+ (3.3) x 4 credit hours = 13.2 quality points

Step 2:
Total quality points = 32.6

Step 3:
Total credit hours = 9

Step 4:
32.6 / 9

Step 5:
3.62 cumulative GPA

 

Example if you attended more than one institution:

University A
125 total quality points
35 total credit hours

University B
50 total quality points
10 total credit hours

Total quality points = 175
Total credit hours = 45
175 / 45 = 3.88 cumulative GPA

 

If you attend institutions outside the U.S.

Enter the cumulative (total) average as provided on your academic record and indicate the scale used (for example, 88/100 or 9/10). If your institution does not provide the average or you attended more than one institution, please calculate your average using the following formula:

  1. Add all the numerical results for courses taken during your undergraduate study.
  2. Divide the sum total number by the number of courses taken. This is your average result.
  3. Enter this result. Do not convert this result to a 4.0 scale.

For those with Chinese, French or Indian credentials

  • If your transcript indicates grades on a 4.0 scale and on a 100 percent scale, please calculate cumulative GPA using the percentage scale.
  • If you attended an institution that uses degree classification or verbal mentions (for example, Second Class/Upper Division or Tres Bien), be sure to enter this result as the cumulative GPA.

Failure to follow these instructions will delay the processing of your application.

Converting semester and quarter hours

All points and hours must be based on either semesters or quarters.
  • To convert from quarter to semester, divide an institution's quality points and credit hours by 1.5.
  • To convert from semesters to quarters, multiply an institution's quality points and credit hours by 1.5.

Please note

Your calculation of your cumulative GPA will be verified by Graduate and Professional Admissions.


Number values for letter grades on a 4.0 scale

  • A = 4.0
  • A- = 3.7
  • B+ = 3.3
  • B = 3.0
  • B- = 2.7
  • C+ = 2.3
  • C = 2.0
  • C- = 1.7
  • D+ = 1.3
  • D = 1.0