Grade Point Average Computation
We require that each applicant compute his/her own grade point average (GPA) from the formula:
Please use the worksheet provided below and bear in mind the following specifications:
- The courses to be included in the computation of your GPA are all courses for which a grade has been awarded (both overall and in your last two years). If your transcript contains your GPA, that is sufficient. However, it should be converted to the four-point system.
- The four-point system means that a 4 grade point per unit corresponds to a grade of “A” (outstanding), 3 points to be a “B” (good), 2 points to a “C” (satisfactory), 1 point to a “D” (barely passing) and 0 points for an “F” grade (failing). If your university assigns plus and minus grades, these then are to be used in the computation with + = +0.3 and -=-0.3. Thus, if a “B” is 3.0, a “B+” is 3.3 and a “B-” is 2.7. (Please note that the University of California does not recognize the letter grade of “A+”, i.e., “A+” is 4.0!
- If your institution uses a grading system based on percentage or class honors, please use the following class rank percentages to convert each class evaluation to a letter grade and then proceed as above to compute your equivalent four-point system GPA.
- If your institution uses a grading system different than described in points 2 and 3, as may be the case for some international Universities, please use the “other scale GPA” section on the graduate application and enter your undergraduate cumulative GPA as determined by your institution.