How to Calculate GPA

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for all undergraduate students, as well as those students in the Fuqua School of Business, the Law School, the Divinity School, and, for students matriculating in Summer 2004 and after, the Graduate School, Engineering Management, and the Sanford School of Public Policy. Graduate School and Engineering Management students who matriculated prior to Summer 2004 do not carry a GPA.

There are two types of GPAs: Semester and Cumulative. The semester GPA is calculated using the courses taken in the semester in question. The cumulative GPA is a summary of all Duke courses taken over a student's career. Transfer course grades are not included in any GPA calculations, but interinstitutional courses, including those taken as part of the Robertson Scholars program, are included. To calculate a GPA you need to know the course grade, the course credits or semester hours associated with that course, and the values associated with each grade in that school. Here are the grade point equivalents for each school:

Undergraduate (Trinity and Pratt) and Divinity School
A+=4.0, A=4.0, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7, D+=1.3, D=1.0, D-=1.0, F=0.0, U=0.0
*The Graduate School, Engineering Management, and the Sanford School (MPP and MIDP Programs)
A+=4.0, A=4.0, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, C-=1.7, F=0.0, NC=0.0
*GPA is calculated only for students matriculating Summer 2004 and after.
The School of Nursing
A=4.0, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, C+=2.3, C=2.0, F=0.0, NC=0.0
  • Note for the Schools Above: When a course is taken on the pass/fail or credit/no credit basis a P or CR does not count in the GPA calculation, but a U or NC (whichever is appropriate for the career) does count for GPA calculation purposes, with 0.0 grade points.
Fuqua School of Business
SP=4.0, HP=3.5, P=3.0, LP=2.5, F=0.0
School of Law
The Law School assigns numerical grades for each course, and those numerical grades are used as the grade point values in GPA calculations.
  • Note for Fuqua and Law: When a course is taken on the pass/fail or credit/no credit basis no grade (P, F, CR, or NC) is used in the GPA calculation.

GPA Calulation Examples

To calculate a GPA you must first multiply the number of course credits/semester hours for each course by the grade point values associated with the grade received in that course. Then add all of those totals together and divide that sum by the total number of course credits/semester hours. For a semester GPA use all regularly graded courses in that semester (plus P/F courses in which an F or U was earned), and for the cumulative GPA use all courses. Do not average semester GPAs in order to calculate the cumulative GPA.

NOTE: All GPAs are truncated to three decimal points.

Here are some examples of semester GPA calculations:



Undergraduate

(Trinity and Pratt)
  Grade Crs Credits Grd Pts  
ECON 1D B 1.0 x 3.0 = 3.0
FRENCH 76 B+ 1.0 x 3.3 = 3.3
MATH 31L A- 1.0 x 3.7 = 3.7
LIT 20S A+ 1.0 x 4.0 = 4.0
MUSIC 80 B 0.5 x 3.0 = 1.5
TOTAL 4.5 15.5
SEMESTER GPA: 15.5/4.5 = 3.444


Divinity School

  Grade Crs Credits Grd Pts  
CHURHIST 13 A 1.0 x 4.0 = 4.0
CHURMIN 115 B- 1.0 x 2.7 = 2.7
NEWTEST 118 A- 1.0 x 3.7 = 3.7
OLDTEST 115 F 1.0 x 0.0 = 0.0
TOTAL 4.0 10.4
SEMESTER GPA: 10.4/4.0 = 2.600


Graduate School/Engineering Professional/Sanford School (MPP and MIDP Programs)
(Matriculated Summer 2004 and after)

  Grade Sem Hrs Grd Pts  
BME 204 A- 3.0 x 3.7 = 11.1
BME 212 B+ 3.0 x 3.3 = 9.9
BME 265 B 3.0 x 3.0 = 9.0
BME 311 A 1.0 x 4.0 = 4.0
BME 270 B- 3.0 x 2.7 = 8.1
TOTAL 13.0 42.1
SEMESTER GPA: 42.1/13.0 = 3.238


Fuqua School of Business

  Grade Sem Hrs Grd Pts  
DECISION 311 P 3.0 x 3.0 = 9.0
DECISION 312 HP 2.0 x 3.5 = 7.0
MANAGEMT 320 SP 3.0 x 4.0 = 12.0
MGRECON 300 LP 3.0 x 2.5 = 7.5
TOTAL 11.0 35.5
SEMESTER GPA: 35.5/11.0 = 3.227


School of Law

  Grade Sem Hrs  
LAW 110 3.2 x 4.5 = 14.4
LAW 140 3.8 x 4.5 = 17.1
LAW 160 3.4 x 1.5 = 5.1
LAW 170 3.9 x 4.5 = 17.55
TOTAL 15.0 54.15
SEMESTER GPA: 54.15/15.0 = 3.610


School of Nursing

  Grade Sem Hrs Grd Pts  
NURSING 307 A 3.0 x 4.0 = 12.0
NURSING 518 B+ 2.0 x 3.3 = 6.6
NURSING 524 A- 1.0 x 3.7 = 3.7
NURSING 528 A 3.0 x 4.0 = 12.0
TOTAL 9.0 34.3
SEMESTER GPA: 34.3/9.0 = 3.811