GPA Conversion

Raghuram Sukumar Application 10 Comments

Question: How to calculate GPA for Indian students applying at universities in the USA?

Students applying at U.S. universities usually try using some GPA Conversion formulas.

In a graduate school application, GPA will be one of the required entries in the form that has to be filled out.

Students from India, China, etc. typically try to convert their percentage score into GPA using some GPA conversion formulas.

I have already written 3 articles about GPA Converters, but still many students post comments like:

“I want to convert my percentage to’s urgent ..plz reply..”

” Can someone help me to convert my scores to GPA..”

” Which gpa formula to use?…”

GPA Conversion from Percentage

I’d like to highlight again – You cannot convert percentage or CGPA scores into GPA scores!

GPA is a completely different system of grading. I think most students assume that there is a universal or special formula, like when converting Celsius into Fahrenheit, for GPA Conversion. However, no such GPA conversion formula exists.

The main reason why many students try GPA conversion on their own is due to the simple fact that in every U.S. college application, they are asked to fill out GPA.

Because of this, students simply assume that they have to convert their percentage grades into GPA scores.

Unknown to many, schools in the U.S. are knowledgeable about the Indian education system. So it’s always better to just write your percentage score in the GPA slot.

Don’t spend too much time trying to figure out the conversion formulas and other means of converting into GPA.

American universities have their own mechanics and internal procedures to evaluate the percentage scores.

I would suggest that you just spend time in preparing good SOP and recommendation letters, instead of wasting precious moments figuring out the GPA calculation.

The funny thing is, even after reading 2-3 articles in this blog, I have seen comments to articles where I have clearly explained that GPA conversion is not possible, a student still commented: "I read your article but how do I convert my 78% to GPA"!

When I see such comments, I just think of the funny side of things and that some people are really stubborn…well that’s the nature of this world.

Even after reading this, if you still want to convert your percentage on your own, here is a simple GPA calculator:

  • 80 -100 = 4.0 (A)
  • 70 to 79 = 3.5 (A-)
  • 60 to 69 = 3.0 (B)
  • 50 to 59 = 2.5 (C)
  • 40 to 49 = 2.7 (D)
  • Less than 40 (F)

I hope this helps. But I must still say that in your application form, just enter the percentage value, which is your real grade, and not GPA.


  1. hi,

    im giving my GRE on feb26th nd toefl is to be given sme were in march nd my B.E results will be cuming in june so any chances of me leaving by aug 2009 or any by sep 2009. i wanna apply for electronics M.S. plz guide me!

  2. Hi,

    I understand we just need to fill our CGPA of percentage in the application form. I got a little doubt. My college have a unique credit system. It will allocate a Grade (O-Outstanding,S-,A,B,C,F-Fail) for a particular range of score in the exams which i do not remember now. And they will allocate a Credit for a subject based on its toughness. So do i need to mention about this to the colleges i apply, or do i need to worry about this?


  3. Respected Sir/Madam,
    I wish to introduce myself as mayilsamy,i request you to give formula for converting percentage to GPA ,my percentage is 79.62 for tat what is my GPA

  4. my bachelor degree trend is like 80,76,71 and 66 in terms of percentage. i got eventually 6.96 cpi. on college transcrips it is 3.25 gpa. i consulted some online gpa converters and they have a method in which you assign A=4, B=3,C=2, D=1. then multiply the subject credits with respective grade number and do likewise for all the subjects then add it up and divide the no. by total no. of credits. e.g.
    so it is now = 5*3=15. thus for five similar subjects it would be 15+15+15+15+15=75. now 75/(5*5)=3 gpa.

    when i use this formulae it gives me 2.5 gpa. plz help. i scored pretty low in my final year and pretty better in my first 2 years. will this inconsistency have an adverse effect.?

    plz if you ans. this question mail it to me as well as i tend to forget the section where i asked the que.

  5. i aggregated 6 CGPA in master degree how I calculate it in precentage?IS IT 60% ?

  6. My HS % is 75.6% in CBSE. what will be its equivalent in US GPA System?

  7. i have 2.7/4 cgpa and got the 58% in bechlor. can any one tell me what will be divison??????

  8. I got cpi 7.51 out of 10 in Btech. %marks=(cpi- 0.5) *10.
    it is 70.1% my total credits is 186 and total grade points 1397.
    pls let me know my GPA score.

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