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Calculating Your AHCAS GPAs


During Verification, AHCAS uses the information you entered in the Transcript Entry section to calculate several GPAs, including GPAs for each institution you attended. To calculate these GPAs, each A-F or 0-100 grade you entered in the Grade field is first converted to a AHCAS numeric grade value, then multiplied by the attempted credits. The resulting product is Quality Points. 

Your total Quality Points are then divided by your Attempted Credits to determine your GPA. 

Non-graded credits are not included in your GPAs. Non-graded credits are earned credits for which you did not receive actual letter grades (e.g., advanced placement credits, "pass" or "satisfactory" credits, college board AP exams, etc.).

AHCAS calculates all GPAs in semester hours. Courses that were completed in quarter hours are converted to semester hours. The conversion ratio is 1.0 quarter hour = 0.667 semester hours.

Use the GPA Calculator to see how AHCAS will calculate your GPA.



Course Transcript Grade Converted Numeric Grade Value Attempted Credits  Calculation Quality Points
MATH 1100 A 4 4 4 x 4 16
ENGL 1310 B 3 3 3 x 3 9
GEOL 1610 C 2 4 2 x 4 8
PHED 1000 D 1 3 1 x 3 3
PSCI 1040 F 0 3 0 x 3 0
Total     17   36
GPA Calculation: 36 (Quality Points) / 17 (Attempted Credits) = 2.12 (GPA)

GPA Types

AHCAS calculates several GPA types, including:

Year-level GPAs

Using Quality Points, AHCAS calculates a GPA for each academic year. GPAs from your Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior academic years are subsequently:

  1. Combined with any post-baccalaureate coursework to create a cumulative undergraduate GPA, and
  2. Combined with any post-baccalaureate coursework plus any graduate coursework to create an overall GPA. 


Year-Level GPA Example:

Year Credits Quality Points GPA
Freshman 66 166.2 2.52
Sophomore 48 119.4 2.49
Junior 66 223.2 3.38
Senior 60 169.2 2.82
Total 240 678 2.83
Post-Baccalaureate 28 112 4.0
Cumulative Undergraduate 268 790 2.95
Graduate 66 245.4 3.72
Overall 334 1035.4 3.10

Course Subject Category GPAs

Course Subject Category GPAs are based on your overall GPA in each course subject category, regardless of academic year. During Verification, AHCAS ensures course subjects are placed in the correct categories so that GPAs reflect the appropriate coursework. 


Course Subject Category GPA Example:

Course Subject Category Graded Credits Quality Points GPA
Biology/Chemistry/Physics 84.0 270 3.21
English 6.0 15.0 2.50
Mathematics 6.0 18.0 3.00
Other Science 34.0 90.1 2.65

Varied Requirements

If your program requires...

(Note: see the Colleges AttendedTranscript Entry sections for more information on transcript and coursework requirements.)

...then AHCAS does the following with GPAs...

... and your application's final status is... 

Official Transcripts + Full Coursework Entry

Calculates three GPAs and makes them available to your programs:

  • By course subject
  • By school
  • By academic year


Official Transcripts + Prerequisite Entry Only

Provides your programs with per transcript and overall GPAs.


Official Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Provides your programs with per transcript and overall GPAs.


Unofficial Transcripts + Prerequisite Entry Only

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs. 


Unofficial Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs. 


No Transcripts + No Coursework Entry

Does not calculate or provide GPAs to programs. 



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