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Calculating Your CASPA GPAs

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.

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

 

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:

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

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 Totals 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

 

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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