Office of International Studies

Calculating your GPA in your major

We've noticed that quite a number of program applications require that you submit your GPA in your major, which Wesleyan currently does not calculate.

To compute this calculation on your own, follow these two steps.  

Step 1:  Use Wesleyan's numerical equivalents of letter grades, found on the Registrar's website.  Here are those equivalents:

  A+ = 98.3     C- = 71.7
  A = 95     D+ = 68.3
  A- = 91.7     D = 65
  B+ = 88.3     D- = 61.7
  B = 85     E+ = 58.3
  B- = 81.7     E = 55
  C+ = 78.3     E- = 51.7
  C = 75     F = 45

Add up your grades in your major and divide by the total number of credits.

Example one-  grades for courses in your major include an A, a B+, an A- and a B.  Add up 95, 88.3, 91.7, and 85, divide by four, and your average is a 90.

Example two-  if you have taken a course which is worth more or less than one full credit, your calculation needs to be adapted accordingly.  So, imagine the "A" listed in example one was worth .5 credits.  Your numerical equivalent would be half of 95 (47.5), and you would then divide the total by 3.5 instead of 4, giving you an average of 89.28.

Step 2:  From this number, subtract 55 and divide by 10.  So, from 90, subtract 55, leaving 35, divide by 10 and your GPA is a 3.5.