How to Calculate Your GPA

A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by identifying a set of classes for which you want to create a snapshot of your academic performance. Common GPA calculations that you'll hear are "Cumulative GPA", "Semester GPA", and "Major GPA".

Each letter grade you earn equals a certain number of points, called quality points

Grade Quality Points Per Credit Hour
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0

Each course you attempt is worth a certain number of credit hours, called credit hours attempted. Grades of I, CR, NC, WP, WF, and W are not included in credit hours attempted.

Whatever set of classes for which you want to calculate a GPA, you sum the total number of quality points earned and divide the sum by the total number of credit hours attempted:

Total Quality Points Earned for a Set of Classes
Credit Hours Attempted for a Set of Classes

To understand JMU's Academic Grading System, view the Undergraduate Academic Catalog > Academic Policies and Procedures > Undergraduate Grading System.

Pre-PT Declaration and Progression Standards

As a Pre-PT student, you will be subject to performance standard reviews twice a year once you have completed ≥ 10 credit hours in the following courses at James Madison University: BIO 140, BIO 270, BIO 290, CHEM 131, CHEM 131L, CHEM 132, CHEM 132L, MATH 220, PHYS 140, PHYS 140L, PHYS 150, PHYS 150L, and PSYC 101, 160 or 250. Courses with equivalent subject courses (e.g. PSYC 335: Abnormal Psychology) will be substituted to determine if you meet the admissions and progression standards.

With courses taken at JMU, you must achieve and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of ≥ 3.00  and a Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A. of ≥ 2.70 (the courses listed above) to maintain your Pre-Physical Therapy declaration. Since physical therapy (D.P.T.) programs consider all course attempts during the admissions process, the G.P.A. calculations for the Pre-PT Program include all JMU course attempts (not courses completed at other institutions). If your academic performance standards fall below a 3.00 overall G.P.A. or a 2.70 Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A., you are at very high risk for not being admitted to a physical therapy school. Therefore if you are unable to attain or maintain these G.P.A. standards, then your Pre- Physical Therapy Program will be administratively dropped.

You may use the Pre-PT Admissions/Progression Standards Calculator to calculate your JMU Pre-PT Pre-Requisite G.P.A. You can find your JMU cumulative G.P.A. on MyMadison within the dashboard on the Student tab or on your unofficial transcript.

Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) Application G.P.A.

Physical Therapy Centralized Application Service (PTCAS) G.P.A.

Every institution across the country has different grading policies. For example, some schools do not allow repeat forgive policies, and other allow students to take two repeat classes with a repeat forgive option (like JMU). Therefore, PTCAS calculates a standardized set of GPAs to help programs evaluate applicants using uniform criteria. Visit the PTCAS GPAs webpage to learn more about how PTCAS creates these standardized calculations.

Individual D.P.T. Schools' G.P.A.

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