Grade Point Averages
Grade Point Average (GPA) is a quotient determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of credit hours attempted and graded A,B, C, D, and F as defined in University Senate Rules and Regulations Article 2 Section 4. GPA appears in a number of campus systems and can vary based on what course work is counted towards that GPA. The GPA Calculator can be used to assist in estimating a GPA or what courses are needed to impact a GPA.
Official KU GPA
The Official KU GPA is in Enroll & Pay and is what appears on a student's official transcript and is the final GPA used for determining University eligibility for graduation (schools may have additional requirements). This GPA reflects only course work taken in residence at the University of Kansas and will exclude coursework transferred from other institutions, academic credits earned by examination, and course work taken while classified as a non-degree seeking students. This GPA is calculated separately for each student career (i.e. - undergraduate, graduate, medical, continuing education).
This GPA is calculated in both a per term and cumulative format.
Admissions GPA for Transfers
The admissions GPA is governed by the Transfer Coursework policy.
The transfer admissions GPA is calculated by dividing the grade points earned in all transferable coursework by the cumulative graded (A-F) credit hours. The admission GPA is in Enroll and Pay on the External Education pages, under transcript summary and external GPA.
If a student repeats a course at the same institution, KU will honor the course repeat policy in effect at the institution issuing the transcript. If a student repeats a course taken at one institution with an approved equivalent course from another institution, both grades will be used to calculate the transfer admissions GPA. Credit will be awarded only once for successful completion of a course and only the instance of the best grade for a transferable repeated course will count toward degree requirements. Grades of satisfactory/unsatisfactory, pass/fail, credit/no credit and similar will not count in computing the admissions grade point average.
Degree Progress/Advising Tool GPA's
The DPR and Advising Tool calculate GPAs based on the policies of the College and Schools. GPA's in the DPR may take different aspects of a student's work at KU or previous institutions into account when calculating and may be used to determine meeting degree/major requirements, probation, honor roll, or distinction/highest distinction. There are three main categories of GPA in the DPR and Advising Tool:
- Individual School GPA (includes transfer work unless otherwise indicated)
- KU and Transfer Cumulative GPA
- KU Cumulative Graduation GPA
|Individual School GPA||KU and Transfer Cumulative GPA||KU Cumulative Graduation GPA|
|Architecture, Design & Planning||Design Major GPA (only design courses)||Calculates across all careers and includes transfer work.||Any Undergraduate Lawrence, Undergraduate KU Med, Continuing Education taken in Residence. No CR grades.|
Engineering GPA (only KU hours): Architectural Engineering does KU and Transfer work. Counts all ENGR, some EPHX cross-listed PHSX courses, and some EECS cross-listed courses (excluding ENGR 300 & 490)
Sophomore C&PE GPA: Chemical and Petroleum GPA for certain C&PE courses
|Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Undergraduate KU Med, and Continuing Education, and transfer work. Excludes ENGR 300 & 490.||Any Undergraduate Lawrence, Undergraduate KU Med, and Continuing Education coursework taken in Residence. No CR grades.|
|Journalism||Journalism GPA (only KU hours): counts all JOUR, BUS 476, and some RTVF, TH&F, and THMA courses.||N/A||Calculated KU GPA: includes anything taken in residence that counts towards a GPA|
|Social Welfare||BSW Social Work GPA: Only counts SW courses||BSW Social Work Total GPA: Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Undergraduate KU Med, Continuing Education, and transfer work.||N/A|
|Nursing||Nursing GPA||Calculates across all careers and includes transfer work.||N/A|
Overall Professional GPA: counts ACCT, BLAW, FIN, IST, IBUS, MGMT, MKTG, BUS, BE, EECS 128, ECON, ENTR, SCM, BBA, SA&D 402 courses taken at KU. Includes transfer work.
KU Overall Professional GPA: Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Continuing Education, and transfer work in the same subjects and courses as the Overall Professional GPA.
|Overall GPA: Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Continuing Education, and transfer work.||N/A|
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
School of Arts
Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Undergraduate KU Med, Continuing Education, and transfer work.
|Any Undergraduate Lawrence, Undergraduate KU Med, Continuing Education taken in Residence. No CR grades.|
|Pharmacy||N/A||All Undergraduate Lawrence courses and transfer work.||N/A|
|Music||N/A||Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Continuing Education, and transfer work.||KU Cumulative GPA that includes Undergraduate Lawrence and Continuing Education taken in Residence.|
|Education||N/A||Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Undergraduate KU Med, Continuing Education, and transfer work.||N/A|
|Health Sciences||N/A||Includes Undergraduate Lawrence, Continuing Education, and transfer work.||N/A|