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GPA

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 (3.0 GPA).

How to Submit

Obtain your UGPA by following the directions below, then enter it in the online application.

How to Calculate Your UGPA

If you graduated or will graduate from a U.S. college or university and earned all of your degree credits in the United States, you should report the cumulative GPA and GPA grade scale that is stated on the degree-conferring transcript.

We require that you self-calculate your UGPA on a 4.0 scale if you have:

  • Attended a college or university outside of the United States for all or part of your undergraduate degree program (not including study abroad);
  • Transferred 12 or more credits from another institution toward your bachelor’s degree; or
  • Failed a course that appears on your transcript but is not included in your school’s calculation of GPA.

Options for calculating your UGPA:  

Option 1: To self-calculate your GPA, please utilize the GPA Calculator from Foreign Credits to create a line-by-line assessment of your UGPA. Please copy and paste the full converted results (class, credits/hours, grade, US grade, and GPA) into a word processing or spreadsheet program to create a PDF document for upload.

Option 2: Purchase a credential evaluation from one of the following vendors and upload the official evaluation results: ECE, Foreign Credits, or WES.

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

  • It is not necessary to pay for a credential evaluation when using the Foreign Credits GPA Calculator. Cut and paste your full worksheet with converted results into a word processing or spreadsheet program to create a PDF document for upload. Otherwise, the output will be cut off, which may result in significantly longer processing times.
  • 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. If your schools are in different countries, please run the Foreign Credits GPA Calculator for each school. To arrive at a cumulative GPA, use the example below:
  • School 1:  20 credits x 3.9 GPA = 78
  • School 2: 123 credits x 3.5 GPA = 431 (rounded)
  • Cumulative GPA = (78+431)/(20+123) = 509/143 = 3.6 (rounded)
  • 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, include both grades for the course in your UGPA calculation. If you did not pass a course (e.g. received an F or E grade), you must still include the course grade 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 separate place on the application for you to provide your graduate grade point average.
  • If you do not find a grade scale that exactly matches your undergraduate institution’s scale, please use the scale that matches it most closely (e.g., applicants who have attended an Indian university that use a 70-100 point scale may use the United Kingdom scale).  
  • You do not need to include study abroad classes.