Skip to main content or Skip to navigation

The University of Texas at Austin

A transfer applicant’s grade point average (GPA) on transferable college coursework is a significant indicator of academic strength. Because the Office of Admissions considers academic background as a admissions factor, GPA can play an important role in an applicant’s final admission decision.

Recording +/- Grades for Transfer Coursework

Plus/minus grades earned on transfer coursework taken during the fall 2009 semester and beyond will be recorded on an enrolled student’s university record when available. (Fall 2009 is the first semester in which the university will award plus/minus values for university coursework.)

GPA is computed on the following scale:

  • A+ = 4 points per semester hour
  • A = 4 points per semester hour
  • A- = 3.67 points per semester hour
  • B+ = 3.33 points per semester hour
  • B = 3 points per semester hour
  • B- = 2.67 points per semester hour
  • C+ = 2.33 points per semester hour
  • C = 2 points per semester hour
  • C- = 1.67 points per semester hour
  • D+ = 1.33 points per semester hour
  • D = 1 point per semester hour
  • D- = 0.67 points per semester hour
  • F = 0 points per semester hour

Although no particular GPA guarantees admission, a 3.0 is generally considered the minimum necessary for strong consideration. Many students with GPAs above 3.0, however, are not admitted because of the competitiveness of the process. You’ll find information about the factors we consider on the What We Consider page.

How the process works:

  • GPA is computed by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of semester hours pursued. (Credit hours and grade points earned on the quarter system carry 2/3, or .66, the numerical value of those on the semester system.)
  • You won’t obtain transfer credit for courses in which you earn a grade of D+, D, D-, or F. However, if the course would normally be eligible for transfer, it will be used when your GPA is calculated.
  • If you repeat a course in an effort to raise your grade, each instance in which you took the course will be counted when your GPA is computed. However, transfer credit for the course may be counted in the total number of transferable hours only once.
Updated Mon, 2011-04-18 07:03 | Top

Ask Admissions

Contact us

512-475-7387
The University of Texas at Austin
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 8058
Austin, TX 78713-8058

More contacts and locations