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. 

For merit scholarship consideration and admission to all but our most selective programs, we use the weighted GPA listed on the applicant’s high school transcript. However, students also may self report their high school courses and grades through the online Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR). A SRAR is required to be considered for direct admission to the Farmer School of Business, nursing, and honors programs. A SRAR is recommended for all first-year applicants, especially those who take rigorous courses at a school that does not add weight to grades. If we have both a SRAR and a GPA from the student’s transcript, we will use the highest of the two.

Because high school policies for weighting grades vary, the SRAR recalculates 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 many cases, SRAR-recalculated GPAs will be similar to weighted high school GPAs for students whose school already adds weight and may be higher for students who take rigorous courses at schools that do not add weight to grades. 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.