Percentage to GPA Conversion

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Raghuram Sukumar Application 115 Comments

Applying to U.S. universities require you to declare your GPA. But if the transcript of records have grades in percentage, students try to make a percentage to GPA conversion.

  • Percentage Scale: 0 to 100. (e.g., 75%, 88%)
  • GPA Scale: 0 to 4.0 in USA (like GPA of 3.67)

I was in the same situation a few years back, so I tried searching for different ways to use a GPA calculator for converting my academic percentage of 80% to GPA.

So the common question here is, “Is there a universal formula to convert percentage to GPA”.

Percentage to GPA conversion

You might be looking for some tables that will map your percentage score into GPA like this one:

Percentage GPA
81 to 100 4.0
61 to 80 3.50
51 to 60 3.00
41 to 50 2.50
< 40 2.00

If you do, I can very well say that you are making a huge mistake.

If you want to know why the above table will not work, you need to first understand what is GPA and how GPA is calculated.

Still, many students even after reading this article continue to ask the question, “How to calculate GPA from their academic score?”

So I do hope you will read the article at least so that you don’t need to you ask the same question.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Percentage Score (1 to 100) system is used in various countries such as India. But in the U.S., schools use the GPA system for grading students.

GPA Vs Percentage

Both GPA and % assign grades to students, but they are essentially calculated in different ways. They are not the same and it’s not possible to equate or compare the two.

How is GPA Calculated

Grades will be assigned to a student for each course (A = 4.0; B = 3.0; C = 2.0 ; D = 1.0; F = 0).

And each course has credit hours. Usually, graduate level courses will have 3 credit hours per course.

Lets’ say at end of the semester, a professor gives the grade of B to the course database, Grade A to course networks and Grade A to the course software testing. The GPA will then be calculated as follows:

  • Total Grades = Sum of (Grade * Credit Hours)= B*3 + A*3 + A*3 = 3*3+4*3+4*3 =33
  • Total Credit Hours = 3+3+3 = 9
  • GPA = Total Grades/Total Credit Hours = 33/9 = 3.66

U.S. universities will have some some form of evaluation to convert percentage grades into GPA and that varies with each university. Each school has its own GPA calculator.

So basically you really can’t convert academic percentage or CPGA into GPA. So the only sound action is to just use and write your actual grade, i.e., if in percentage, in a college admission application.

U.S. colleges will know what to do with your percentage score. You can write like 79/100 or 79%. That is more than enough.

Next – A detailed look at a GPA Converter


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  1. nitz19arg

    Just one query. We have

    1. Aggregate score of all semesters.

    2. Final year % which is mentioned in the degree.

    Which one of the above two is considered for the CGPA calculation.

    Also I studied in Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune which has a similar scoring like Pune University.

    I faced a whole year-backlog in my engineering. Though I am placed in a reputed multi-national bank as a developer, will this “backlog” affect my profile and my dream to go in top Business colleges for MBA after my GMAT, especially the H-S-W b-schools?

      1. nitz19arg

        Hi Raghuram,
        I guess it will depend on the university. Still, I wam curious about conversion to 10 scale.
        Anyways, what I really want to know is the percentage considered to score for CGPA calculation:
        1. Aggregate of four years
        or
        2. Final year % which is mentioned in the degree.
        ???

  2. swaroop

    Hello,
    my aggregate is 61% . how do i convert this to gpa. is it ssly 3.5 on a 4.0 scale?

  3. Joren

    What about ECTS grades to GPA, do you know anything about that?
    Wikipedia gives some ranges, but no precise numbers

  4. gayatri iyer

    Universities in india follow Percentage System and 10 point GPA System. The Percentage System works as : Maximum Marks:100, Minimum Marks: 0, Minimum Marks Required for Passing: 35. 100-80% Considered Excellent, 79-65% Considered Very Good, 55–64% considered good, 45–55% considered fair, 41–44% considered Pass, 040% considered fail. A percentage above 65% is referred as 1st Division and indicates high intellectual level. Some Universities follow weighted average pattern to calculate percentage: 1st and 2nd Semester–40% of the aggregate marks, 3rd and 4th Semester-60% of the aggregate marks, 5th and 6th Semester-80% of the aggregate marks, 7th and 8th Semester-100% of the aggregate marks. The 10 point GPA is categorized as follows: 10-9.1 (A+)- Best, 9-8.1(A)-Excellent, 8-7.1(B+)-exceptionally good, 7-6.1(B)-very good, 6-5.1(C+)- good, 5-4.1(C)- average, 4-3.1(D+)-fair,3.1-2(D)- Pass,2-0(E+-E)-fail. A GPA of over 7 is generally considered to be an indication of a strong grasp of all subjects.
    Percentage Eq U Classification
    60 to 100 4.0 A or (A+ for >90%) Distinction / First class**
    50 to 59 3.5 B+ Second Class
    40 to 49 3.0 B Pass Class
    < 39 2.0 C Fail
    ** Some institutes with difficult curriculum and tough scoring give 70% scoring[7] as Distinction / Honors.

  5. sai

    Hello friends ,
    i have a gpa of 7.5 from anna university affiliated college and had 3 backlogs but cleared . Can anyone say what is my equivalent USGPA ???? :)

  6. Randjith Kumar

    what about if a person had arrears? for my friend i calculated the CGPA in a normal way but in his mark sheets he has a sum of 26 attempts in different papers in his B.Tech, Whether his CGPA gonna change he got 6.7 (Presently he is first class) whether its gonna change?

  7. salam

    Its simple if total GPA is from 4.0
    4.0=100%
    3.0=75%
    2.0=50%
    1.0=25%
    0.0=00%
    if total GPA if of 8.0
    then,
    8.0=100%
    6.0=75%
    4.0=50%
    2.0=25%
    0.0=00%

  8. Ben

    Hello all!

    AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITY: 66.7%

    GPA: ??????????????????????

    please help…

  9. kalaivani

    Hi

    Im from Tamilnadu, India.
    My cgpa is 7.907 and percentage is 71.57%…Pls convert this on a scale of 4.0 and reple. Thanks in advance

  10. Shannon

    there is no need for a second N in ‘student.’
    (Grade Point Average (GPA)

    Percentage Score (1 to 100) is used various countries, but in U.S. Schools use GPA system is used fo grading studnets.)

    I am not 100 percent sure you are the person who should be giving all these others advice on their education. Just saying.

      1. Rvangel

        umm my GPA is 3.4 and I’m hoping to increase it to 3.5 this semester. I have applied for UofT life science program and they accept students with low to mid 80’s. since I’m a US student, i don’t know how to convert my GPA into the Canadian grading system.
        could you tell what my percentage is? and do you think that i’m having a chance of getting in? :)
        cumulative gpa 3.41/4.0
        Total credits 52

  11. Ashu

    What is the common method to screen GPA score of students across all universities based at US? Do they backtrack the University scoring standard from where the students has passed out?

  12. Sanket

    I would like to ask whether we are supposed to mention the % aggregate of all four years or just the FINAL YEAR.?

  13. Naresh

    Helpful post but ridiculus comments…
    I Know, percentage can not be coverted into GPA, but the US universities have the minimum GPA standards to be met by an international applicant. How can we have a rough idea of fullfillment of the GPA standards by our undergraduate percentage, so that we can save our some doolars required for admission?

  14. Walter

    Why is there so many indian people wanting to go to USA???…neways I dont have any problem because I know you guys are hard working people Im just very curious…Guys 70 percent of you or more are posting questions and requests without reading the article…It says clearly how the GPA is calculated in general…There is not such thing as converting the direct percentage to GPA…as he mentioned you will have to give the university your percentage…and perhaps your results and number of credits per course taken

  15. Juanito

    Maybe you can change your “GPA based scores” to percentages just by summing up your letter grades and then avergaging? Say A+B+C+A = 100+90+80+100 = 370. Then 370/4 = 92.5 % and forget about credit weights…. Ok.. ok.. but really A = 100 – 90, B = 89.99 -80, C = 79.99 – 70, D = 69.99-61 … Thus…. since this is a range, we can average up and say ,,, A= 95 , B= 85, C = 75. Then it would be grades like A+B+C+A would sum 95+85+75+95 = 350. Then 350/4 = 87.5%

    I know all of this is crap….

  16. Haley.Nguyen

    Would you help me to convert my GPA please:
    – Vietnamese Bachelor’ degree GPA: 7.15 out of 10.0 (71.5%)
    – Australian Master’s degree GPA: 5.08 (scale score 7.0)
    – Last semester Master’s degree GPA: 6.0 (scale score 7.0)

    Please, please.
    Thank you for your helps.

  17. anuj merchant

    hi..i got 69.85 % in my grad.. can u tell me the gpa for this. ? ? (acc to the new pattern)

  18. Ashwin

    I have a cgpa of 8.0 from Amrita University.
    -GRE:1520
    -toefl :105
    -2 paper presented (1 national and 1 International conference)
    -1 paper published in International journal
    -Certified by ASHRAE in HVAC design contest hosted by IIT-Kgp
    -2 Projects from IIT-M
    -LOR from an IIT-M prof
    Can you please suggest me schools for MS in Chemical Engineering?

  19. Shantanu

    i got 62% in my bachelors from Pune University so please can u tell me what could be the GPA in my case….

  20. Jesse Womack

    Percent GPA
    0-59 0
    60 0.7
    61 0.8
    62 0.8
    63 0.9
    64 1
    65 1
    66 1.1
    67 1.2
    68 1.3
    69 1.4
    70 1.5
    71 1.6
    72 1.7
    73 1.8
    74 1.9
    75 2
    76 2.1
    77 2.2
    78 2.3
    79 2.4
    80 2.5
    81 2.7
    82 2.8
    83 2.9
    84 3
    85 3
    86 3.1
    87 3.2
    88 3.3
    89 3.4
    90 3.5
    91 3.5
    92 3.6
    93 3.7
    94 3.8
    95 3.9
    96 3.9
    97 4
    98 4
    99 4
    100 4
    Correct gpa

    1. nader

      you cant generalize this.. each university has its own grading system.
      what is your formula?

    2. A999

      this is jus nt possible….students frm mumbai university wud have never been admitted in us
      if this was the scale…

  21. Devika

    I am filling the application for annenberg school of communication, upenn,
    In the application form they have asked to calculate the GPA by total grade or marks ( like 87) out of the scale ( say 100) and then multiply it bu 4.
    My GPA that way comes to 2.49 which is roughly same as I did stand second in my batch

  22. Shivam

    PLEASE REPLY URGENT….
    I have 62% in b-tech biotechnology i am applying for masters in canada please tell me i am eligible for applying .. as on universities website it is given 70% minimum eligibilty or
    B+ grade or 3.0 GPA

  23. Alex

    converting grades from 4.0 point scale to percentage and vice versa is tricky because contrary to reason 2.0 doesn’t equal 50% and 3.0 doesn’t equal 75%, etc…

    there’s actually a website called fantasyfaculty.org which changes your grade into a %, or the other way around, and then gives you a rank compared to other users. also tells you the grade you got if you went to a different college

    found it a tricky to figure out at first, but seems to have potential. worth a look for people here ^_^

  24. venkatesh.E

    need updates because i am applying for fall 2011 for my masters

  25. shabeer

    my GPA in india 8.68 ( engineering), kindly convert to CGPA inUSA for

    applying. h-1b visa

  26. Asad

    Hi, Dear

    I got 55% in MBA from one of UK university , according to your Calculator my GPA will be 3.00.

    Could you please explain me the method for %-GPA conversion.

    Regards

  27. zahid

    i have got 454/800 in graduation and 779/1200 in masters kindly tell me my gpa score plz. and whats is cgpa ?

  28. Anirrudh

    Guys, the GPA is not calculated based on your final %. You need the marks of individual subjects and labs in order to calculate your GPA. Please stop acting dumb and don't post comments to convert your % into GPA.

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