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Grade Point Average (GPA ) Calculations


Do I have to calculate my GPA?
Will I receive my GPA calculation before I e-submit my application?
When is my GPA be calculated?
How can I view my GPA calculation?
How does CASPA calculate my GPA ?
What subjects are included in my Science GPA?
What subjects are included in my Non-Science GPA?
What types of courses ARE NOT included in my GPA at all?
What does “BCP Totals” mean on the Subject Chart?
Why is my GPA different from the one reported on my official transcripts?
Why does CASPA include my repeated courses in my GPA?
What do I do if I disagree with the CASPA GPA calculations?
How do I calculate my GPA on my own?


Q: Do I have to calculate my GPA?

A: No. CASPA calculates your GPA during the processing of your application.

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Q: Will I receive my GPA calculation before I e-submit my application?
A: NO. CASPA WILL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, CALCULATE YOUR GPA UNLESS YOUR APPLICATION HAS ALREADY BEEN E-SUBMITTED.

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Q: When is my GPA calculated?
A: CASPA does NOT begin to calculate your GPA until your application is considered “COMPLETE.”  For your application to be considered complete, the following criteria must be met:

  • All official transcripts must be received by CASPA
  • Two out of your three letters of reference must be received by CASPA
  • You must e-submit your application
  • All application fees must be paid
  • Please note that once your application is considered complete, it may take up to four weeks for your GPA to be calculated and your application mailed out to your schools.

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Q: How can I view my GPA calculation?
A: Once your GPA is calculated, it will appear in the Status menu of your online application under “GPA Calculations.”

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Q: How does CASPA calculate my GPA?
A: CASPA uses the information which you have entered in the coursework section of your application to calculate several tables of GPAs in multiple categories for each applicant. Each category is calculated by adding up the total number of quality points in that category (your credits multiplied by the numeric value of your grade) and dividing this number by the total number of credits you attempted to earn in this same category.  ALL CASPA GPAS ARE CALCULATED IN SEMESTER HOURS.  The result of these calculations is three charts worth of GPAs. Please refer to the sample GPA below:

  • CHART NUMBER ONE: Year-Level GPAs
  •                
  •                 The first chart breaks down your GPA by school year, and also divides your GPA into science, non-science, and overall categories. The rows going across indicate the school level which you categorized your courses under on your application, so for example, if you marked three terms at two different schools as “freshman,” than all courses under those terms factor into the “Freshman” GPA row. Please note that the “Total” row includes freshman – senior work, the “Cumulative Undergrad” row indicates freshman – post-baccalaureate work, and the “Overall” row includes freshman – master’s degree level work.
  •  
  • Category
  • Science
  • Non-Science
  • Total
  • Credits
  • Quality
    Points
  • GPA
  • Credits
  • Quality
    Points
  • GPA
  • Credits
  • Quality
    Points
  • GPA
  • Freshman
  • 18.0
  • 42.6
  • 2.37
  • 15.0
  • 40.5
  • 2.70
  • 33.0
  • 83.1
  • 2.52
  • Sophomore
  • 18.0
  • 49.8
  • 2.77
  • 6.0
  • 9.9
  • 1.65
  • 24.0
  • 59.7
  • 2.49
  • Junior
  • 18.0
  • 60.9
  • 3.38
  • 15.0
  • 50.7
  • 3.38
  • 33.0
  • 111.6
  • 3.38
  • Senior
  • 30.0
  • 84.6
  • 2.82
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 0.00
  • 30.0
  • 84.6
  • 2.82
  • Total
  • 84.0
  • 237.9
  • 2.83
  • 36.0
  • 101.1
  • 2.81
  • 120.0
  • 339.0
  • 2.82
  • Post Baccalaureate
  • 3.0
  • 12.0
  • 4.00
  • 11.0
  • 44.0
  • 4.00
  • 14.0
  • 56.0
  • 4.00
  • Cum. Undergrad
  • 87.0
  • 249.9
  • 2.87
  • 47.0
  • 145.1
  • 3.09
  • 134.0
  • 395.0
  • 2.95
  • Graduate
  • 30.0
  • 110.7
  • 3.69
  • 3.0
  • 12.0
  • 4.00
  • 33.0
  • 122.7
  • 3.72
  • Overall
  • 117.0
  • 360.6
  • 3.08
  • 50.0
  • 157.1
  • 3.14
  • 167.0
  • 517.7
  • 3.10

  • The columns divide the chart into Science, Non-Science, and Total (science and non-science) sections. Looking at the chart above, this applicant’s overall science GPA is 3.08, overall non-science is a 3.14, and overall total GPA is 3.10.
  • CHART NUMBER TWO: Course Subject GPAs
  •                
  •                 The second chart breaks down your GPA by course subject, regardless of your college level.  These subjects are determined by the “course subjects” you selected for each course on your application. Please note that during the verification process, CASPA staff will change the subject category for any courses which they determine were not categorized correctly.
  • Course
  • Graded
    Credits
  • QP
  • GPA
  • Credits
    < 2.0
  • Credits
    P/CR/AP
  • Total
    Credits
  • Biology/Zoology
  • 84.0
  • 270.0
  • 3.21
  • 3.0
  • 0.0
  • 84.0
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • 6.0
  • 15.0
  • 2.50
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 6.0
  • Organic Chemistry
  • 6.0
  • 18.0
  • 3.00
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 6.0
  • Biochemistry
  • 12.0
  • 31.8
  • 2.65
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 12.0
  • Physics
  • 6.0
  • 13.8
  • 2.30
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 6.0
  • BCP Totals
  • 114.0
  • 348.6
  • 3.06
  • 3.0
  • 0.0
  • 114.0
  • Other Science
  • 3.0
  • 12.0
  • 4.00
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 3.0
  • Math
  • 15.0
  • 40.8
  • 2.72
  • 3.0
  • 0.0
  • 15.0
  • English
  • 12.0
  • 43.8
  • 3.65
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 12.0
  • Behavioral Science
  • 15.0
  • 45.6
  • 3.04
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 15.0
  • Other Non-Science
  • 8.0
  • 26.9
  • 3.36
  • 0.0
  • 0.0
  • 8.0
  • Total
  • 167.0
  • 517.7
  • 3.10
  • 6.0
  • 0.0
  • 167.0
  • CHART NUMBER THREE: Non-Graded Credit
  •                
  •                 The third chart records earned credit for which you did not receive an actual letter grade, and therefore it cannot be included in your GPA. “Advanced Placement” lists credits you earned if you passed a college board AP exam in high school.  The “Pass” section lists credit for classes in which you earned a “Pass,” “Satisfactory,” or “Credit.”  The “Fail” section lists credits in which you earned a “Non-Pass” rather than an F letter grade.
  • Advanced Placement
  • 12.0
  • Pass
  • 3.0
  • Fail
  • 0.0

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Q: What subjects are included in my Science GPA?
A: Your Science GPA is calculated based on these courses:

  • Biology/Zoology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Other Science
  • Physics

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Q: What subjects are included in my Non-Science GPA?
A: Your Non-Science GPA is calculated based on these courses:

  • Math
  • English
  • Other Non-Science
  • Behavioral Science

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Q: What types of courses ARE NOT included in my GPA at all?
A: Professional and foreign coursework will not be included in the GPAs. In addition, any course in which a grade of withdrawal, pass/no-pass, audit, incomplete, exempted or not yet enrolled is indicated will not be included in the GPAs.

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Q: What does “BCP Totals” mean on the Subject Chart?
A: “BCP” stands for “Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.”  All courses labeled as Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Physics are included.

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Q: Why is my CASPA GPA different from the one reported on my official transcripts?
A: Because CASPA standardizes grades across all colleges, it is not unusual for there to be a discrepancy in GPAs between what your schools calculate and what CASPA calculates.  Common reasons for this include:
  • CASPA does not recognize individual school’s forgiveness, academic renewal, or grade replacement policies in regards to repeated courses.  All grades which you earned for repeated courses will factor into your CASPA GPA. 
  • CASPA’s numeric scale for letter grades may be different than the one used at your home institution.   The CASPA grading scale is as follows:
  • A = 4.0
  • A- = 3.7
  • AB = 3.5
  • B+ = 3.3
  • B = 3.0
  • B- = 2.7
  • BC = 2.5
  • C+ = 2.3
  • C = 2.0
  • C- = 1.7
  • CD = 1.5
  • D+ = 1.3
  • D = 1.0
  • D- = 0.7
  • F = 0.0
  • Grade on Transcript
  • CASPA Letter Grade
  • 90-100
  • A
  • 80-89
  • B
  • 70-79
  • C
  • 60-69
  • D
  • <60
  • F
  • CASPA calculates all GPAs in semester hours.  If any of your courses were completed in quarter hours, CASPA converts these to semester hours on your GPA charts.  The conversion ratio is 1.0 quarter hour = 0.67 semester hours.
  • CASPA breaks down your GPA by college level, not by college.  Therefore if you attended multiple schools with terms labeled as “freshman,” “sophomore,” etc, CASPA will combine all of these classes into your freshman or sophomore GPA.

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Q: Why does CASPA include my repeated courses in my GPA?
A: CASPA must standardize applicant information throughout the country, and therefore does not recognize individual school or state academic “forgiveness” policies in regards to repeated courses, as each college treats these situations differently.  Some schools average the two grades together, others factor in the higher grade, some take the second grade even if it’s lower than the first, and others do not recognize repeated courses at all.  Therefore, CASPA must factor both grades into your CASPA GPA.  Once your application arrives at the schools you are applying to, they may or may not recalculate your GPA depending upon their individual policies.

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Q: What do I do if I disagree with the CASPA GPA calculations?
A: CASPA cannot recalculate entire GPAs for each applicant; however, we are willing to look at specific areas (for example, Junior Year Science GPA) upon request. ONLY after you have attempted to calculate the GPA on your own should you CONTACT CASPA BY E-MAIL ONLY with a specific set of calculations for a certain portion of your GPA which you believe is erroneous and we will review and explain the discrepancy. GIVEN THE TIME AND ATTENTION NECESSARY TO REVIEW A GPA DISCREPANCY, CASPA WILL NOT ACCEPT GPA REVIEW REQUESTS BY PHONE. Any applicants who call customer service requesting a GPA recalculation will be instructed to resubmit their request via e-mail.

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Q: How do I calculate my GPA on my own?
A: GPAs are calculated by taking the credit hours for each course and multiplying them by the CASPA numeric value of your grade to determine your quality points.  The total quality points are then divided by the total number of credits to determine your GPA.

Example:

  • Course
  • Transcript
    Grade
  • Transcript
    Credits
    Attempted
    Transcript
  • CASPA
    (Converted)
    Grade
  • Calculation
  • Quality
    Points
  • MATH 1100
  • A
  • 3
  • 4.0
  • = 4 X 3
  • 12
  • ENGL 1310
  • B
  • 3
  • 3.0
  • = 3 X 3
  • 9
  • GEOL 1610
  • C
  • 4
  • 2.0
  • = 2 X 4
  • 8
  • PHED 1000
  • D
  • 3
  • 1.0
  • = 1 X 3
  • 3
  • PSCI 1040
  • F
  • 3
  • 0.0
  • = 0 X 3
  • 0
  • TOTAL
  • 16
  • 32

  • GPA Calculation
    32 (Quality Points) by 16 (Credit Hours Attempted) = 2.00 (GPA)

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