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How to Recalculate Your GPA for College Admission

How To Recalculate Your GPA For College Admission

How to Recalculate Your GPA for College Admission

Many colleges recalculate your GPA (grade point average) using a 4.0 scale, and then add bonus points for AP, IB, AICE, dual enrollment/college and honors classes to arrive at a modified GPA or HPA (honors point average).

While each college has its own methodology, and some schools share the “formula” with prospective applicants, the top grade of an A typically corresponds with a 4.0.

Typically, only “core academic classes” are part of the GPA recalculation, so electives and non-core classes such as health, PE and drama are generally not included.

If your high school uses a different or weighted system, you first need to convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale. You can use the table below for a rough conversion.

  • A+ (97-100) = 4.0
  • A (93-96) = 4.0
  • A- (90-92) = 3.7
  • B+ (87-89) = 3.3
  • B (83-86) = 3.0
  • B- (80-82) = 2.7
  • C+ (77-79) = 2.3
  • C (73-76) = 2.0
  • C- (70-72) = 1.7
  • D+ (67-69) = 1.3
D (65-66) = 1.0
  • F (< 65) = 0.0

Many colleges use a GPA boosting methodology (e.g. quality points calculation) to give students additional “credit” for taking more challenging classes. You can use the table below for a general estimate. Some colleges and universities use a minimum grade threshold (often a C) for additional GPA weighting.

  • AP (Advanced Placement) +1.0
  • AICE (Advance International Certificate of Education, University of Cambridge) +1.0
  • IB (International Baccalaureate) +1.0
  • Dual College Enrollment (Entry Level) +0.5
  • Dual College Enrollment (Higher Level) +1.0
  • Honors +0.5


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Lynn Lubell

Lynn Radlauer Lubell, Publisher of and Founder of Admission By Design, an Educational Consultancy based in Boca Raton, Florida.

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