Q: When will VMCAS calculate my GPA?
A: VMCAS will calculate a standardized VMCAS GPA after verifying that your coursework section has been correctly entered. To learn more about what is required before VMCAS can begin verifying your application, please see the VMCAS Verification page.
Q: How can I calculate my VMCAS GPA by hand?
You can calculate your VMCAS GPA by completing the two calculations below
VMCAS Weight of Your Grade x Semester Hours = Quality Points For Course
Total Quality Points /Total Semester Hours= VMCAS GPA
Q: What is the VMCAS Weight for each grade?
VMCAS Weight VMCAS Grade 4.00 A 3.7 A- 3.5 AB 3.3 B+ 3.00 B 2.7 B- 2.5 BC 2.3 C+ 2.0 C 1.7 C- 1.5 CD 1.3 D+ 1.0 D 0.7 D- 0.5 DF 0.0 F
Q: How do I know how many semester hours my course was worth?
If your transcript uses the semester calendar and does not have a credit conversion your semester hours will be listed on your official transcript. These are sometimes referred to as “credits” or “credit hours”.
If your transcript has a credit conversion refer to the credit conversion on the back of the transcript. If you have difficulty determining what the credit conversion should be, check with your registrar’s office to determine what the appropriate conversion is.
If your transcript lists quarter hours multiply the number of quarter hours by .667 to convert your quarter hours to semester hours. Report the number of quarter hours which appear on your transcript in the coursework section. You will only perform this calculation on paper when calculating your GPA by hand.
Generally, you will enter the number of Semester Hours Attempted rather than Semester Hours Earned if your transcript makes a distinction between those two numbers.
Q: What are quality points?
You can determine the number of quality points you received for any particular course by multiplying the numeric value of the grade by the number of semester hours the course was worth.
Q: What GPAs are calculated by VMCAS, and what courses are included in each GPA calculation?
VMCAS will calculate separate Science, Non-Science and Total GPAs for the following subcategories:
- Total (Consisting of Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior)
- Post Baccalaureate
- Cumulative Undergraduate (Consisting of Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and Post Baccalaureate courses)
- Overall (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Post Baccalaureate and Graduate courses)
Science GPAs will include courses with the following course subjects: Animal Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Inorganic Chemistry, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Other Life Science, Other Science, Physics.
Non-Science GPAs will include courses with the following course subjects: Business, Computer Science, English/Literature, General Non-Science, General Non-Science, Math, Public Speaking, Social/Behavioral Science
In addition to the year-by-year Science, Non-Science and Total GPAs, the following subtotals are calculated.
Courses with the following course subjects are calculated into the Biology/Chemistry/Physics/Life Science GPA:
- Animal Science
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Other Life Science
- Other Science
Courses with the following course subjects are calculated into the Math GPA:
Courses with the following course subjects are calculated into the General Education GPA:
- General Non-Science
- Social/Behavioral Science
Courses with the following course subjects are calculated into the Other GPA:
- Computer Science
- Public Speaking
Q: Why would my VMCAS GPA differ from the GPAs listed on my official transcript?
VMCAS GPAs are likely to be different from those calculated by the colleges and universities you attended due to the VMCAS grade standardization process. When calculating your GPA by hand, bear in mind the following standardization processes:
- GPAs include all verified credits and grades from U.S. and English-speaking Canadian institutions.
- All courses with credit hours and a VMCAS Grade are calculated into the VMCAS GPAs, regardless of whether the credit counts toward a degree or has been counted toward a college/university GPA.
- VMCAS counts grades and hours assigned by the school where the courses were originally taken, not by any school that has granted transfer credit.
- VMCAS will include ALL initial AND repeated course work in its GPA calculations.
- Grades and credit hours for all FAILED courses will be included in the VMCAS GPA, even if they are not included in the GPA calculations of the transcript-issuing institution. The schools to which you are applying may recalculate your GPA excluding repeated coursework.
- VMCAS will include all courses on your transcripts, even if they are marked as “Freshman Forgiveness”, “Academic Bankruptcy”, or as being part of any other institutional forgiveness policy.
- Foreign courses and Professional coursework are NOT included in VMCAS GPA calculations.
- The following course types are not counted in VMCAS GPA calculations:
- Advanced Placement
- Institutional/Departmental Exam
- Regent’s Exam
- If “Quarter”, the VMCAS system will automatically convert quarter hours to semester hours (Quarter Hour × .667).
- If “Unit”. VMCAS manually converts unit credits to semester hours for each course.
- VMCAS determines which courses should be included in each GPA by referring to code in “Course Subject” field.
- Grade value of the course is multiplied by the semester hours for that course. The product of this multiplication equals the quality points.
- Cumulative quality points are divided by the cumulative attempted semester hours. (Total Quality Points ÷ Total Semester Hours Attempted = GPA)
- All credit hours are rounded to the hundredths place
- VMCAS GPAs are round at the hundredths place
Q: When will my VMCAS GPAs be available?
Your VMCAS GPAs will be available once your application has been verified. Typically, this process can take 4 weeks from the date your application reaches the “Meeting VMCAS Requirements” status.
Q: Where can I see my VMCAS GPA Calculation?
You will be able to see your VMCAS GPA calculation by clicking on any of the icons in the “Application Preview” column of your College Designations section. Your GPA chart will only be filled in once your application status is “Verified”.