What are your chances of acceptance?
Your chance of acceptance
Duke University
+ add school
Your chancing factors
Unweighted GPA: 3.7
SAT: 720 math
| 800 verbal


Low accuracy (4 of 18 factors)

How does the high school GPA conversion work for colleges?

Hey guys, I'm curious about how my GPA will be viewed by colleges if it isn't on a traditional 4.0 scale. My school uses a different system, and I'm unsure how to convert it. What's the standard conversion method that colleges use to interpret high school GPAs?

7 months ago

Hi there! It's understandable to be curious about how colleges interpret GPAs, especially when your school uses a non-traditional grading scale. Most colleges are accustomed to students coming from a variety of high schools with different grading systems. Admissions offices will typically recalibrate your GPA to a standard 4.0 scale to compare it fairly with other applicants.

The conversion process varies by college, but generally, they'll use a conversion chart or an internal system to translate your grades into a 4.0 scale. They’ll take into account your school’s profile—which usually includes information on the school’s grading scale—to ensure they understand the context of your GPA. For example, if your school uses a 100-point scale or letter grades without pluses or minuses, admissions will convert your grades to a 4.0 scale by aligning them with the equivalent grades on a 4.0 scale.

Don't worry too much about converting it yourself; focus on maintaining strong grades and taking challenging courses. Colleges will do the heavy lifting to understand your academic performance in the context of your high school.

7 months ago

About CollegeVine’s Expert FAQ

CollegeVine’s Q&A seeks to offer informed perspectives on commonly asked admissions questions. Every answer is refined and validated by our team of admissions experts to ensure it resonates with trusted knowledge in the field.