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How does the Common App calculate cumulative GPA?

Feeling a bit anxious here… My school has a weird weighting system for grades. Does the Common App have its own method to calculate our cumulative GPA, or do they just use whatever our transcript says?

8 months ago

I completely understand your concerns about GPA calculations! The Common App doesn’t calculate your GPA itself—rather, it provides a section for you to enter your cumulative GPA as it is presented on your high school transcript, which you should make sure to do accurately. If your school uses a unique system, there's a place in the Common App where your counselor can describe your school's grading system, as colleges know that each high school has its own specific grading scale, which can affect how students' academic performance comes across. So, breathe easy knowing that the admissions officers will get a clear picture, put together from your transcript and your school’s contextual information. Good luck with your applications!

8 months ago

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