Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculations

HOW YOUR GPA IS CALCULATED

OTCAS uses the information which you have entered in the Transcript Entry section of your application to calculate several tables of GPAs in multiple categories for each applicant. Each category is calculated by adding up the total number of quality points in that category (your credits multiplied by the numeric value of your grade) and dividing this number by the total credits you attempted to earn in this same category. ALL OTCAS GPAs ARE CALCULATED IN SEMESTER HOURS. The result of these calculations is several different types of GPAs.

MY GPA HAS BEEN CALCULATED. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Once your GPA has been calculated, your status should read as “Verified” and you will receive an automated e-mail notification. Feel free to look over your GPA in your Application PDF. Please note that “Verified” is the final application status which will be assigned to your OTCAS application.

UNDERSTAND: GIVEN THE TIME AND ATTENTION NECESSARY TO REVIEW A GPA DISCREPANCY, OTCAS WILL NOT ACCEPT GPA REVIEW REQUESTS BY PHONE. Any applicants who call customer service requesting a GPA recalculation will be instructed to resubmit their request via e-mail.

DISPUTING YOUR GPA CALCULATION

If you believe your GPA is incorrect, the first step is to choose an area that you believe is incorrect (i.e. Post-Bac Science GPA) and attempt to calculate the correct GPA yourself.

ONLY after you have attempted to calculate the GPA on your own should you CONTACT OTCAS BY E-MAIL ONLY with a specific set of calculations for a certain portion of your GPA which you believe is erroneous, and we will review and explain the discrepancy. Email otcasinfo@otcas.org with the subject line “Verification: GPA Inquiry,” and include a description of the issue and the calculations you have made.



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