4 years ago
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Weighted and Unweighted GPA, are both required?

My son's high school does not provide unweighted GPAs, only weighted. I have asked the Counselor and their position is very clear.

Does that hurt his application in any way?

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@DebaterMAX4 years ago

Do you mean the position is very unclear?

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Jay4 years ago [edited]

Sorry, I meant that their position is very clear - they only provide Weighted GPA scores

@DebaterMAX4 years ago

Ah thanks!

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4 years ago

In no way does this hurt your sons application.

At some of the top schools like Stanford, they only count 10th and 11th grade and recalculate the Stanford GPA for everyone so it's "apples to apples".

And for the rest of the schools, they have excel tools and apps to do this super fast if they have to with precision so not to worry.

Hope that puts your mind at rest.

Jay if your son knows all his grades he can use the Collegevine GPA converter. (or if you have his transcript, you can do it as well)

There are 2 versions, 1.) Total WGPA to UWGPA , 2.) You have to input every single class and it will show you your WGPA vs GPA per semester.



Good luck with this admissions cycle.

4 years ago

So while the transcript may list the weighted only the classes unweighted grade may appear by itself so for example if your son has all Bs the transcript would show a 4.0 GPA if he took all wiegh red classes while on the transcript it will say AP X Class - B.

So in short it will not hurt as most schools will either recalculate it using thier weighted formula, accept the weighted GPA and not change it or will just calculate the unweighted GPA.

Make sure your son doesn’t report his weighted gpa per class if he self reports his transcript on the Common and Coalition app most notably.

Hope this helps and please comment if you need clarification as I’d be happy to help clarify!

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