A: No. CASPA calculates your GPA during the processing of your application.
A: NO. CASPA WILL NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, CALCULATE YOUR GPA UNLESS YOUR APPLICATION HAS ALREADY BEEN E-SUBMITTED.
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:
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. You can monitor the complete date CASPA is currently calculating the GPA for in your status menu.
A: Once your GPA is calculated, it will appear in the Status menu of your online application under “GPA Calculations.”
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 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:
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. Please note: doctorate work is NOT factored into the Overall GPA. Doctorate work is only calculated as a separate “Doctorate GPA.”
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.
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.
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.
A: Your Science GPA is calculated based on these courses:
A: Your Non-Science GPA is calculated based on these courses:
A: Professional and foreign coursework will not be included in the GPAs. In addition, any course in which a grade of withdrawal (passing), pass/no-pass, audit, incomplete, exempted or not yet enrolled is indicated will not be included in the GPAs.
A: “BCP” stands for “Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.” All courses labeled as Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Physics are included.
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:
|A+ = 4.0|
|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|
|WF = 0.0|
|Grade on Transcript||CASPA Letter Grade|
|90 – 100||A|
|80 – 89||B|
|70 – 79||C|
|60 – 69||D|
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
A: When PAEA and the CASPA Admissions Committee (which is made up of admissions officers from CASPA PA programs) decided to begin accepting doctorate level work as academic rather than professional for the 2013 cycle, this decision included keeping the doctorate GPA separate from the overall GPA. CASPA must abide by this decision.
A: If you disagree with a course subject decision, please e-mail CASPA customer service with a course description of the class in question for CASPA management to review. Based upon the submitted description, course title, and the department in which the course was taken, CASPA will determine if it is authorized to change the subject. If CASPA is not able to authorize the subject change, it will post the course description to admissions officers and the decision will be up to the individual PA programs as to how they will regard the course.
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.
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.
|MATH 1100||A||3||4.0||= 4 × 3||12|
|ENGL 1310||B||3||3.0||= 3 × 3||9|
|GEOL 1610||C||4||2.0||= 2 × 4||8|
|PHED 1000||D||3||1.0||= 1 × 3||3|
|PSCI 1040||F||3||0.0||= 0 × 3||0|
32 (Quality Points) by 16 (Credit Hours Attempted) = 2.00 (GPA)