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You are required to provide an undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) in the Education section of your application. Duke does not have an absolute cut-off point for UGPA when considering applicants, but it may be useful to review the averages and ranges for grades of applicants admitted in recent years (see the Statistics section.)  While these numbers do vary from department to department, on a school-wide basis, the undergraduate grade point average is usually well above a B.

How to Submit

Enter your UGPA in the online application.

How to Calculate Your UGPA

Below are some important points to remember when calculating your UGPA.

  • The UGPA should include all undergraduate course work completed at the time of submission of the application.
  • If you attended more than one school, you must include the grades from all undergraduate schools in calculating your UGPA.
  • Do not include courses that were dropped or courses that did not award letter grades (e.g. satisfactory/unsatisfactory, pass/fail, credit only).
  • If you repeated a course, you must include both grades in your UGPA calculation.
  • Do not combine quarter credit hours with semester credit hours. Instead, convert quarter hours to semester hours. Generally 1 quarter hour = 0.67 semester hour.
  • Do not include graduate-level courses that you have completed unless they counted toward your undergraduate degree requirements. There is a separate place on the application for you to provide your graduate grade point average.
  • If you find it impossible to convert your GPA to the 4.0 system, in the online application, enter the GPA or average from your undergraduate transcript and indicate the grade scale used by your university.

Step 1: Assign the following grade values to each of your letter grades. For international applicants who did not receive letter grades, the World Education Services website provides helpful information about converting grades to the US letter-grade system.

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

Step 2: For each letter grade, multiply the grade value by the number of credit hours.  


Grade    Credit Hours         x         Grade Value   =       Grade Points

A-                                     15         x         3.7                        =       55.5

B+                                       8         x         3.3                        =       26.4

C-                                        7         x         1.7                        =       11.9

F                                          3         x         0.0                        =       0.0

Step 3: Add the number of credit hours and the number of grade points.

Credit hours = 15 + 8 + 7 + 3 = 33

Grade points = 55.5 + 26.4 + 11.9 + 0.0 = 93.8

Step 4: Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of credit hours. This is your UGPA.

93.8 / 33 = 2.84

Step 5: Round your GPA to the nearest tenth before entering it in the GPA section of the application. (For example, a 2.84 GPA would be rounded to 2.8.)