Academic Core GPA

Each year Purdue receives applications from high school students across the United States and around the world. Each applicant’s school makes decisions about how it calculates grades for students, what scale is used, and whether some grades are reported as weighted or unweighted. Because of such variances we calculate the student's academic core GPA to use as one factor in admission and scholarship decisions. However, the strength of the student's curriculum (in the context of the coursework that is available at his or her school) also is a factor.

The core GPA is calculated using unweighted grades from only the academic coursework reported on the applicant’s official high school transcript - courses in English, college preparatory math, lab science, social studies, and foreign language. 

For the recalculation, we use the same grading scale that is used for Purdue students, which is as follows:

Letter Grade

GPA/4.0 Scale

A or 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-

0.7

F

0.0




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