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Calculating Your CASPA GPAs

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Overview

During Verification, CASPA 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 CASPA 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.).

CASPA 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.

 

Example:

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)

CASPA GPA Types

CASPA calculates several GPA types, including:

1. Year-Level GPAs

Using Quality Points, CASPA 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

2. Course Subject Category GPAs

CASPA breaks down your overall GPA by course subject category (regardless of academic year). During Verification, CASPA makes changes to course subjects that are categorized incorrectly, ensuring these GPAs reflect the appropriate coursework. 

Note: Biology/Zoology, Inorganic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Physics are used to create a "BCP" GPA. 

 

Course Subject Category GPA Example:

Course Subject Category Graded Credits Quality Points GPA Credits < 2.0 Credits P/CR/AP Total Credits
Biology/Zoology 84.0 270 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

3. Science and Non-Science GPAs

CASPA divides each Year-Level GPA into Science, Non-Science, and Total (science plus non-science) sections. 

Science GPA is calculated using the following course subject categories:

Non-Science GPA is calculated using the following course subject categories:

In the following example, note that the applicant's overall science GPA is 3.08, overall non-science GPA is 3.14, and overall total GPA is 3.10. 

 

Science and Non-Science GPA Example:

  Category
  Science Non-Science Total
Year 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 4.0
Cumulative Undergraduate 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 4.0 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
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