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:


Undergraduates (Pratt and Trinity)

  Grade Crs Credits Grd Pts  
ECON 101D B 1.0 x 3.0 = 3.0
FRENCH 101 B+ 1.0 x 3.3 = 3.3
MATH 111L A- 1.0 x 3.7 = 3.7
LIT 201 A+ 1.0 x 4.0 = 4.0
MUSIC 104-6 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  
XTIANEDU 760 A 1.0 x 4.0 = 4.0
CHURMIN 762 B- 1.0 x 2.7 = 2.7
NEWTEST 804 A- 1.0 x 3.7 = 3.7
OLDTEST 760 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 567 A- 3.0 x 3.7 = 11.1
BME 542 B+ 3.0 x 3.3 = 9.9
BME 565L B 3.0 x 3.0 = 9.0
BME 711S A 1.0 x 4.0 = 4.0
BME 717S 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 520Q P 3.0 x 3.0 = 9.0
DECISION 611C HP 2.0 x 3.5 = 7.0
MANAGEMT 730 SP 3.0 x 4.0 = 12.0
MGRECON 780 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 475 A 3.0 x 4.0 = 12.0
NURSING 502 B+ 2.0 x 3.3 = 6.6
NURSING 523 A- 1.0 x 3.7 = 3.7
NURSING 620 A 3.0 x 4.0 = 12.0
TOTAL 9.0 34.3
SEMESTER GPA: 34.3/9.0 = 3.811