Weighted or Unweighted GPA?
Hi, my UW GPA is 3.96/4.0 whereas my weighted is 4.21. Because of COVID i was not able to get the weight of 3 out of 4 of my AP classes that I took during junior yr, since my school did pass/fail grading. Which GPA should I submit to colleges? I am looking to apply to east coast state schools like pitt, and penn state, as well as top tier schools like rice & hopkins. thank you!
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If you had to choose, the 3.96 looks like a better GPA because it shows that regardless of taking a weighted or unweighted class in your entire academic record you only had 1 or 2 Bs. Submitting only the 4.21 doesn't reveal as much information because you could have received a 4.21 from having a 3.5-4.0 GPA depending on your academic rigor. If you had straight A, then 4.21. shows you only took a few weighted classes. If you had a 3.5 then a 4.21 shows you took a lot of weighted classes but struggled with more than a couple. Most colleges will be able to connect the dots from your graded transcript to your pass/fail transcript and assume that you didn't change very much in 1 semester so if you are an A student they will assume you would have been given A marks during this unprecedented time. I would not worry much about it and submit the GPA that matters more to admissions officers, the 3.96 unweighted one. If you submit both, its no problem either because they can figure out for themselves that your GPA would look better in a non - COVID semester. For this semester, just keep doing the great work you are already doing, and good luck with your applications. Best.
So typically I’d submit unweighted if you can only submit one. And the reasons are in a phrase grade inflation. Someone on CV had a 3.21 UW while having a 4.1 something W. And a 3.2 more accurately describes your academic capabilities. Your transcript will likely have both UW and W grades on it.
Comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help!