During Verification, PharmCAS 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 PharmCAS 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.).
PharmCAS 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.
|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|
|GPA Calculation: 36 (Quality Points) / 17 (Attempted Credits) = 2.12 (GPA)|
PharmCAS GPA Types
PharmCAS calculates several GPA types, including:
Using Quality Points, PharmCAS calculates a GPA for each academic year. GPAs from your Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior academic years are subsequently:
- Combined with any post-baccalaureate coursework plus any graduate coursework to create an overall GPA.
Year-Level GPA Example:
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, PharmCAS ensures course subjects are placed in the correct categories so that GPAs reflect the appropriate coursework. To view which course subject GPAs are calculated by PharmCAS, refer to PharmCAS Course Subjects.
Course Subject Category GPA Example:
|Course Subject Category||Graded Credits||Quality Points||GPA|
Science, Non-Science, and Mathematics GPAs
Science, Non-Science, and Mathematics GPAs divide each Year-Level GPA into Science, Non-Science, and Mathematics. To view which Science, Non-Science, and Mathematics GPAs are calculated by PharmCAS, refer to PharmCAS Course Subjects.
In the following example, note that the applicant's overall science GPA is 3.08, overall non-science GPA is 3.14, overall mathematics GPA is 2.92, and overall total GPA is 3.08.
Science, Non-Science, and Mathematics GPA Example:
|Year||Credits||Quality Points||GPA||Credits||Quality Points||GPA||Credits||Quality Points||GPA||Credits||Quality Points||GPA|