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Undergraduate Grade Point Average

All applicants for graduate study at Duke University are required to provide an undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) on their applications. Use the following guidelines when calculating your UGPA.

  • The UGPA includes all undergraduate course work completed at the time of submission of the application.
  • If you attended more than one school, the grades from all undergraduate schools must be added together to arrive at the UGPA for the bachelor's degree.
  • Do not include courses that were dropped or courses that did not award letter grades (e.g. satisfactory/unsatisfactory, pass/fail, credit only). Courses in which failing grades were received must be included, however. Also, if you repeated a course, you must include both grades in your UGPA calculation.
  • Do not include graduate level courses that you have completed unless they counted toward your undergraduate degree requirements. (There is a place on the application for you to provide your graduate grade point average.)

The following values are assigned to letter grades when calculating the UGPA.

4.0 = A+, A 2.7 = B- 1.3 = D+
3.7 = A- 2.3 = C+ 1.0 = D
3.3 = B+ 2.0 = C 0.7 = D-
3.0 = B 1.7 = C- 0.0 = F

Step 1. Multiply the grade values (see above) times the number of credit hours. Sample:

Grade Credit Hours X Grade Value = Grade Points
A- 15 3.7 55.5
B+ 8 3.3 26.4
C- 7 1.7 11.9
F 3 0.0 0.0

Step 2. Add the total number of credits (15 + 8 + 7 + 3 = 33) and the total number of grade points (55.5 + 26.4 + 11.9 + 0.0 = 93.8)

Step 3. Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of credits (93.8/33 = 2.84).

Note: Do not combine quarter credit hours with semester credit hours; instead, convert quarter hours to semester hours. Generally one quarter hour = 2/3 semester hour.

If you find it impossible to convert your GPA to the 4.0 system, you must enter the GPA or average on your undergraduate transcript and indicate the grade scale used by your university.

NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: The World Education Service website provides helpful information about converting grades to the U.S. system.