GPA Calculations

After your application is verified, your AMCAS GPA is calculated.  The GPA calculations are presented by BCPM codes (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Math), by AO codes (All Other), and by Academic Status. You will also be able to view your Cumulative Undergraduate GPA and your Graduate GPA when AMCAS processing is complete.

·         AMCAS GPAs are almost always different from those calculated by the schools you have attended. Therefore, AMCAS does not in any way attempt to compare our calculations with those appearing on your official transcripts.

·         AMCAS reports to the medical schools a GPA for each Academic Status (HS, FR, SO, JR., SR, PB, GR) subdivided into courses listed as "BCPM" or "All Other" in the BCPM/AO Column.

·         Any course with Semester Hours and an AMCAS Letter Grade is calculated into the AMCAS GPA, regardless of whether the credit counts toward a degree or has been counted toward a school’s GPA.

·         AMCAS counts grades and hours assigned by the school where the courses were originally taken, not by any school that might have granted transfer credit. The only exceptions to this rule are foreign coursework transferred to a U.S. or Canadian institution and coursework taken through an official study abroad program.

·         Courses with the AMCAS grades listed below are not included in the GPA calculations. Instead, the total hours for each of these categories are reported to the schools under the heading "Supplementary Hours."

·         Pass/Fail - Pass

·         Pass/Fail - Fail

·         AP Credit

·         CLEP Credit

·         AMCAS counts all "+" or "-" grades, even if your school does not. At some schools, a "+" or a "-" counts as n.3 or n.7, at others they count as n.5.

·         AMCAS counts all attempts of a repeated course, even if your school does not.

·         Grades of "IF" or unauthorized/unofficial/administrative withdrawal may be treated as "F" in the GPA depending on how they are considered by your school.

·         Postbaccalaureate Coursework is included in the "Undergraduate Total" GPA as well as in a separate "Postbaccalaureate" GPA.

·         Grades and credit hours for all failed courses will be included in the AMCAS GPA, even if they are not included in the GPA calculations of the transcript-issuing institution. 

AMCAS Grades that Do Not Affect the GPA

The following AMCAS grades do not have a weight or value in computing the AMCAS GPA:


Used to indicate AP credit not assigned a letter grade


Used for CLEP or USAFI/DANTES credit not assigned a letter grade


Used for courses taken in a Pass/Fail system, which are Passed


Used for courses taken in a Pass/Fail system, which are Failed


For the following types, no entry should be made in the AMCAS Grade Column. These courses have no value or weight in the AMCAS GPA.


Audited courses


Courses which are currently being taken or which you expect to take


Multi-term courses


Exempt courses 


Courses for which there is no recorded grade because of school error


Courses from which the applicant has withdrawn or "dropped"


If grades are entered but not listed on the official transcript at the time of verification they will not be included in the AMCAS GPA.  Likewise, if grades are not entered and at the time of verification appear on the official transcript on file at AMCAS they will be included in the AMCAS GPA.