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Becoming a Competitive Applicant: GPA

How is the GPA Assessed?

Grade point average is a good starting point to see if an applicant is ready for the academic rigor of professional school, which is often compared to drinking water from a fire house. Depending on the professional school, a competitive GPA can vary as does the entrance exam score. Generally, a GPA in the mid to upper "3's" is expected of applicants.

Insitutions tend to look at how a student arrived at their GPA and may take into consideration the following when reviewing a transcipt:

  • The number of credit hours taken in a semester.
  • The difficulty of classes.
  • Whether students were able to recover from a difficult semester.

In short, GPA is very important, but given the strength of an overall application, may not be a deal breaker.

Calculating GPA

Start by multiplying your grade (see chart below) by the number of credit hours of the class. These are your points.

Add up your total number of points, and your total number of credit hours.

Divide your total points by you total hours (points/hours).

A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0