GPA Converter: Convert Academic Percentage to GPA (4.0) Scale

gpa converterAre you looking for a GPA Converter to convert your academic percentage to GPA in a 4.0 scale?

I have received around 100 questions from readers about how to convert percentage grades to GPA and other related conversions into GPA. Here are some of the questions:

How does one convert academic percentage (1 – 100) to GPA and CGPA Score to (0 – 10)  to GPA?

Every student who fills up a graduate school application have the same question. And most of them try to find a GPA Converter.

I was in the same exact situation a few years back and searched all over for a GPA converter to convert my academic grade (80%) in percentage into GPA to complete my graduate school application.

I sent several emails to international students in the U.S. at that time and posted messages in the groups, asking for a formula for converting percentage to GPA. I wasn’t able to find one universally accepted formula or converter.

What is GPA?

I got one email asking for profile evaluation and he said GPA is 4.0 and he was from India. So I wrote back and asked him how did he convert his academic percentage to GPA?

His reply was, he just assumed GPA is 4.0, since he didn’t know how to convert his academics to GPA.

So, let’s first understand what GPA is. In countries like India, the percentage system (1 to 100) is used to grade a student’s performance. Similarly, U.S. universities use GPA to grade students, which is between 0 to 4.0.


Grade Point Average (GPA) is an internationally recognized calculation method used to find the average result of all grades achieved in a course. Using GPA

  • Allows one to compare personal results with those of other students
  • Enables prospective employers to interpret your results.
  • Reflects your academic potential.
Grade Grade value
High distinction 4.0
Distinction 3.0
Credit 2.0
Pass 1.0
Near pass 0.7
Fail 0.3
Withdrawn fail 0.0

How is GPA Calculated:

John gets the following grades:

  • Course X = Grade of B in a three credit course.
  • Course Y = Grade A in 3 Credit Course
  • Course Z = Grade A in 3 credit hour course

Total Points

  • X = 3.0 x 3 = 9
  • Y = 4.0 x 3 = 12
  • Z = 4.0 x 3 = 12


Calculate the points for each of your courses, add them up, and divide by the total credit hours you have taken…the result is your GPA.

  • GPA = ( 9 + 12 + 12 ) / 9 = 3.67

Universities in the U.S. convert academic percentages to GPA in order to calculate the academic capability of a student. Applications are rejected when the minimum GPA requirements aren’t met.

How is Percentage Calculated?

Percentage calculation is simple. There are no credit hours involved.

  • Course X: 88%
  • Course Y: 89%
  • Course Z: 87%

So, the average of the course percentage is the total academic percentage, which is 88%

GPA Converter Formula

There is no universal way to convert Academic percentage to GPA or CGPA to GPA or any other scale to GPA.

In addition to percentage score of 1 to 100, there are several other academic scales –

  • Russia – 5.0
  • Europe – 6.0
  • Ukraine – 12.0

There has to be some form of mapping between different academic standards, right?

No, there isn’t a universal, scientific GPA Converter.

But U.S. universities have some form of GPA converter. But it’s specific to each school.

Before explaining some GPA conversion formulas used by colleges, let me explain how grades are calculated in U.S. colleges and universities.

GPA vs Percentage

Even though both systems evaluate the student’s performance, they are not the same or is it possible to equate both the grading systems.

So, can we convert Percentage or CGPA to GPA?

Another GPA Calculation Example

Like percentage, grades will be assigned to student for each course. Grades are A = 4.0; B = 3.0; C = 2.0 ; D = 1.0; F = 0; and for each course based on difficulty, level weights will be assigned. It’s called credit hours.

Usually graduate courses in a master’s program have 3 credit hours. For our example, let’s assume all 3 courses have 3 credits each. Let’s say that at end of the semester, professors assign you the following grades:

  • Grade B to Course X
  • Grade A to Course Y
  • Grade A to Course Z

GPA is 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 = 23/9 = 3.66

And the way in which grades are assigned is another whole topic for discussion.

Student’s performance will be evaluated throughout the semester which includes home work, programming assignments, pop quiz, exams, presentations, etc.

Now, you will have an understanding of the grading system in the U.S. and it’s very clear to say that percentage will not exactly correlate with GPA calculation.

But, universities will have some general mechanism to convert percentage to GPA and that varies with each university. They have their own GPA converter. 

If you are looking for a formula to like Fahrenheit to Celsius type of conversion for GPA Converter, you are not going to find any.

So, you really can’t convert academic percentage or CPGA to GPA.

The best way is to mention your current academic percentage in the college admission application.

Colleges will know what to do with your percentage score and in some instances, colleges might ask for a transcripts evaluation, which will include GPA calculation based on the company.

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  1. Hey guys need to convert my overall transcript percentage to GPA, its 76.76% from Afghanistan, please help me on how to convert to GPA 4

  2. i have an enquiry….i think d above system to convert percentage to gpa is wrong…..there should a formula to convert indian percentage to US gpa score….. please suggest…. i have a percentage of 73….please help me convert.

  3. Hi,
    will US universities consider the college where one did their UG and peer ranking while converting Indian GPA(1-10) to US GPA(scale of 1 to 4)??

  4. I have 78.80% in M.Sc Mathematics from Tribhuvan University,Nepal. What will be my GPA in US Educational System?

  5. British Class American GPA Secured Marks Level(%)
    First 4.00 70+
    Upper Second 3.33-3.67 60-69
    Lower Second 3.00 50-59
    Third 2.30 40-49
    Ordinary Pass 2.00 35-40
    US GPA equivalent from The Fulbright Commission[14]

  6. There is no single system of conversion that is accepted by all schools in the USA.It’s really bad on the part of the universities.They should try to learn from UK universities that have requirements by each country properly listed in their websites.There is mistake on the part of India institutes as well.IITs and deemed universities stick to GPA scale of grading,while central universities use percentage.There should be single type of grading pan India.

    Please check out the link for Case Western Reserve University for their percentage to GPA conversion formula.

  7. This is nuts….if people going to US wanna calculate their GPA, google for WES GPA calculator, register, and look for a coupon code for FREE calculation of GPA, otherwise it could cost $5.

  8. Hey dude….Can I ask you something? I am from Nepal and currently gave my 11th grade HSEB examination. While trying to figure out the way to enter US I found out that if you’re applying after grade 12 then you have to consistently score first division or higher in grade 10, 11 and 12. So if my 10th grade results are good and i was careless during the 11th grade and I get low marks. so Can I do better in 12 and cover-up my loss marks which I got at 11 by the marks I got in 12???? PLZ ANS….

  9. You’re GPA calculations are terribly flawed, and many top schools use an altered 4.0 student with plus and minus designations to award or punish students based on individual performance. At the University of Virginia, the following GPA scale is used for instance: A+/A=4.0, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, B=3.0, B-=2.7, etc. I suppose that your estimation formula will overestimate the GPAs for some departments (e.g. the sciences and engineering where many universities have a lower overall GPA/curve) and underestimate some GPAs (e.g. social science and the humanities where those A- will calculated as 4.0s). I point out the disparity between the arts/social sciences/humanities and science and engineering, because it’s a known fact that the latter suffer grade deflation at most universities (for a comparison, look at the published GPAs of several top schools – a 3.5/3.6 biology/chemistry major stands a shot a top 5 school; in the social sciences <3.7 is futile).

  10. I have got the marks for +2 for Physics 136-chemistry-136 Mathematick-124 computer science-174.
    How to calculate the percentage for Engineering admission.please send the details.

    Thanks with regards,

  11. hi.gud morning,i have a small problem,actually my graduate percentage is 60.17and my gre is 910 and toefl is 81.But the university give me an email that is your GPA is below 3.0,how they can calculate….please reply my post

  12. Hi,

    what I want to know is, how do I compare my GPA on a scale of 4 to get an idea of where I stand?

    Several programs want a 3.5 or so minimum GPA. How do get a rough idea just so to compare?

  13. Good Evening,

    I am applying for Master in USA for that i want to know my GPA. Could you please help me to convert my percentages in GPA and evealuate.

    10th – 75 %

    12th – 67%

    B.Tech – 57.3% with 12 backs

    TOEFL – 70

    GRE – 970

    And if possible give the list of Universities which accepts this scores for either for Computer sciences and Management Information Systems.


  14. HBS u not only meet, but exceed student requirement.. I found the GPA info to b really helpful n im grateful for dat. jazzakallah

  15. Hi, Hariharan.

    Very informative. Thanks a lot for this info here, you are helping a lot of people.
    I understand everything you say up there.
    However, I studied in Delhi University 99-02, and another one, where they never used credit hours, or i can't seem to remember. It surely doesn't show on the mark sheets. So, what is your insight on this kind of case. No credit hours mentioned. I wrote to the university asking, but they never reverted back. I am in US now, not going back to school yet, but still wondering about my GPA. Please email me.


  16. Hi hariharan,
    I have done my graduate degree in india with 80%. Can you please convert my percentage to US gpa equivalent as soon as possible
    thanks in advance

  17. Dear sir,

    Would you please tell me the gpa equivalent of cgpa 6.5.

    Its a case of urgent as iam applying for fall 2011.

    Thanking you.

  18. Greetings from India.I am Dr Anuja Trivedi,medical graduate in Homeopathic medicine in Dec 2008 with final year percentage of 57.6%.

    I would like to know my gpa in order to pursue my MHA from Ohio university USA.

    Kindly help.

    Thanks and oblige.

    Dr Anuja

  19. my percentage in is 72. What is my GPA? Can i get scholarship on academic grounds to study in Howard University?

  20. My profile:

    10th : 74.83%

    inter : 76.40%

    Btech:(ece): 71.16% with no backlogs

    can u suggest some univs which can offer me good assistanceship chances. so that i can get admission in ms?


    1. I m actually in the same situation with a 66.6 percentage in btech(ece)
      tenth: 83.9%(ICSE board)
      Inter:85.8%(state board)
      I iwish to know if i can make it through wisconsin madison. 🙂 please reply

  21. Why can't everyone just read the article and learn to figure out conversions on their own?? This isn't a gpa conversion website! Hee-ello?

  22. I have done B.E. Textile Engg from Pakistan with a CGPA of 2.75/4.0. please tell me its USA equivalence in terms of GPA/GRADE.

  23. I am hussain from pakistan. My percentage in B.E in pakistan is 62% what is its equivalent in US GPA

  24. –>i would like to do masters in computer science in U.S.

    –>i have got 52%in my 10th standard i.e. school level

    –>76% in my intermediate

    –>61.38% in my B.Tech from I.T. stream..

    –>my G.R.E. score was 1050

    can i get admission in the south alabama university with this acadamics? please help me by providing some valuable informtion. And what would be my GPA??

  25. hi,
    I have a CGPA of 8.9 on a scale of 10 . I am doing my B.Tech in National Institute of Technology , Calicut. could you help me in converting it to a scale of 4 , used in US.

  26. Dear

    our percentage GPA equivalence chart
    67-77 ==> 3.4
    78-87 ==> 3.7
    >87 ==> 4.0
    My aggregate % is 73 according to my uni equivalence criteria my GPA is 3.4 interesting thing here is that Position Holder of my department % is around 78 and his GPA is 3.7

    question: will our GPA top up by 0.4 or it will remain 3.4? and 3.7? or mine will become 3.7 and position holder's 4 ?
    and while attempting for admission is it fruitful to mention position holders GPA ?

    1. for 73 what I got was 3.1…a lower score than it should really be…there’s no way that I can prove them that it’s so wrong…if you have found a way just let me know how to convince them…

  27. Dear sir,my graduation marks is 50% and CGPA 2.50 is it possible to get scholarship in USA university?

  28. dear joshna,

    thanks so much for your formula and example.. i took just the courses that were technically relevant, ie. i left out all the math, physics, econ stuff and just the tech courses… the total had come out to 73% and according to your theory, this equals a 3.84 GPA. please tell me if that sound about right…



  29. In India a bachelors degree( with 75 – 80 % ( on scale of 100 )is considered as good and somewhat a high percentage 🙂 but while calculating GPA it comes out to be around 3.1 which doesn't fulfill the eligibility of universities in US ( some demand at least 3.25 GPA in bachelors) . are the universities aware about the fact in India student with 75- 80 % in bachelors is among the top students of the college .

    then how should i fulfill the condition of min. GPA of 3.25 with my 79%

  30. Hi,

    I have a GPA of 2.82 on a scale of 4.00 in Sri Lanka. I want to know whether it will change if i convert it to the scale of USA and exceed the mark of 3.00.


  31. Dear all,

    My total GPA is 78.73 on scale of 100. Can any one give me the equevalent for this GPA on scale of 4?


    Mahmoud Ashoor

  32. how do I convert my 2.04 GPA which is based on a 5.0 scale to the U.S 4.0.for e.g, in my country, a C+ gives you 2.0 and is 50-54% but a 50-54% in U.S is a B, therefore 3.0! I need help as the MBA schools on the west coast are evaluating my GPA as 2.04 on a 5 point scale!

  33. Indian GPA Conversion
    Marks are converted as follows:
    1.For a grading scheme with a 40% minimum passing mark, marks are converted to letter grades using the following scale:
    60 – 100% A
    50 – 59% B
    40 – 49% C
    0 -39% F*
    * Note: In cases where exams which have been failed and successfully retaken, the F’s are not considered when converting the GPA.

    2.Using the maximum marks possible for each exam in which a given mark was earned, a maximum mark total is calculated for A’s, B’s and C’s, and F’s.
    3.The maximum mark total for each mark is multiplied by the value of the mark, with the value of A being 4.0. B 3.0, and C 2.0, giving a quality point total for each mark.
    4.A grand total is calculated from the maximum marks totals and also from the quality points totals.
    5.The quality points grand total is divided by the maximum marks grand total and the result is the student’s cumulative GPA.

    Sample GPA conversion for a student who earned the following marks:

    %age Max. Grade
    62% 100 A
    70% 100 A
    86% 100 A
    60% 100 A
    37% 50 A
    Tot. 450

    54% 100 B
    58% 100 B
    51% 100 B
    55% 100 B
    50% 100 B
    Tot. 500

    45% 100 C
    41% 100 C
    32 75 C
    Tot. 275

    %age Grade Max. Marks Value Quality_Points
    60-100% A 450 4 1800
    50-59% B 500 3 1500
    40-49% C 275 2 550
    0-39% F 0 1 0

    Total – 1225 – 3850

    GPA = 3850/1225 = 3.14

    This Student’s GPA is 3.14

  34. can u plz tell whether the students from india who did masters in US require h1b visa to work over there after completion of masters.

    If yes make me know about whether the obamas new h1b visas cacellation deal shows any effect on the indian students who are doing masters degree over there to get a job after doing masters.

    i will be very thank full to u if u plz reply me through email



    I.E 90/10=9


  36. HEY EVERYONE!!!!!


  37. @vijay: I have clearly stated its not possible to convert percentage to GPA and gave an example of how GPA is calculated. I think you confused that example to be GPA conversion.

  38. I have seen percentage to GPA converter article.But in this I have seen converting grades to GPA But not percentage to GPA.Kindly post that one and change this heading to grades to GPA .

  39. whats the procedure for calculating GPA? Are the percentages from school level also taken in account?

  40. hai, thanks for tons of information

    i got admit in UCM(univ of central missouri, warrensberg, 50miles form kansas)

    this univ is located in a university town. and there r no chances of assistance ships.

    my question:

    my friend stays in NY. UCM starts from jan9th. is it possiable that i go to my friend in NY stay(work) there for one mont and then go to my univ by some 5th jan? is there any risk in doing so?


    My profile:
    10th : 66.6%
    inter : 73.6%
    Btech:(ece): 64% with 9 backlogs
    GRE:1090( 300 ver, 790 quant)

    can u suggest some univs which can offer me good assistanceship chances. so that i can transfer for second sem?

  41. Goldie,
    Thanks for visiting Happy Schools. Subjective with respect to universities. I have also stated ‘There is no universal way to convert Academic percentage to GPA.’

    You really cannot convert % to GPA.

  42. Dear Friend,

    You wrote about GPA conversion, but where is the method? can you explain on that? You yourself said that conversion is Subjective…

    look forward for your response.

    [email protected]


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