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)

Is a 4.2 unweighted GPA possible?

Hey all! I recently heard about someone mentioning a 4.2 unweighted GPA. Is that even possible? I thought the highest unweighted GPA you could have was a 4.0. Can someone please clarify this for me?

7 months ago

Hi there! You're correct that the highest unweighted GPA is typically a 4.0. Unweighted GPAs are calculated on a 4.0 scale, where an A equals 4.0, a B equals 3.0, and so on. The scale doesn't go beyond 4.0—a perfect record of straight A's will result in a 4.0 unweighted GPA.

However, some schools use a weighted GPA scale, which factors in the difficulty of the courses a student takes. On a weighted scale, honors, AP, or IB classes can be worth more than a 4.0. For example, an A in an honors course might be equivalent to a 5.0, providing students with an opportunity to earn a GPA higher than 4.0. In this context, a 4.2 GPA might be possible, but it would be weighted, not unweighted.

So, the person you heard mentioning a 4.2 unweighted GPA might have been mistaken or misunderstood the difference between a weighted and unweighted GPA. Just to reaffirm, a 4.0 is indeed the highest unweighted GPA possible.

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.