Recalculated GPA

High School GPA Recalculation

As a test-optional university, Miami relies on high school coursework, curriculum rigor, individual grades, and overall GPA to assess whether students are academically prepared for college success. In addition, overall GPA is a qualifying factor for merit scholarships. And because high school policies for weighting grades vary, we recalculate GPAs for admission and scholarship decisions. 

Grade weighting is when schools give a numerical advantage to grades in more rigorous coursework, such as Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and honors. However, not all schools add weight to higher-level coursework, and some schools add more weight than others. Miami uses the scale below to ensure equity regardless of a high school’s grading policy. 

In most cases, recalculated GPAs will be similar to high school GPAs for students whose school already adds weight and likely will be higher for students who take rigorous courses at schools that do not add weight. A recalculated GPA will be lower only if the student’s school adds more weight than in the scale below.

Miami’s High School GPA Recalculation Scale

Standard A+, A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F,I,WF
Honors/High Honors/Standard-Level IB A+, A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
AP/Higher-Level IB/AICE/Dual Enrollment A+, A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
Value 5.0 4.5 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.0

International Students

Miami calculates an equivalent U.S. GPA on a 4.0 scale for all international applicants educated outside the U.S. educational system. For international students at U.S. high schools (or those that follow a U.S. high school curriculum and grading system), Miami recalculates GPAs as we do with other students at U.S. schools.