As I have previously written an article whether Should you convert Marks/ Percentage to GPA 4.0 Scale for USA Applications ? , just to add more information on that lines, I did inquire with some more schools and here is their response. Some of the schools require that you contact a Credential evaluation Services agency and get your marks evaluated. Some schools say, do not worry about it, we will do it you just pay a fee. Here are some of the responses from schools.
Credential Evaluation Agencies in USA :
Here are few credential evaluation agencies. This is just a list for your information. Sometimes schools ask you to contact one of the agencies for conversion. You do not need to do it unless the school asks to do it. For instance, if you read below San Diego State University clearly mentions this:
- National Association for Credential Evaluation Services : http://www.naces.org/.
This association has the list of certified evaluation agencies. If you pick an agency, it is very important for you to choose from the list that is available from National Association of Credential Evaluation services.
Here are few Agencies that were recommended by some schools. These are part of the above association.
- Educational Credential Evaluations : http://www.ece.org/
- World Education Services: http://www.wes.org/ . This agency has a sample estimator for converting percentage to GPA. It is just for information purpose only and called International Grade Conversion Guide for Higher Education. Once you select the country, it tells you approximate percentage to GPA Conversion. This is just for information. Do NOT blindly convert using this scale.
Communication to Universities about Converting Percentage to GPA
Here is the email I have sent to few Graduate schools in US :
I am an International Student from Asia and plan to apply to Grad School. I have this question about GPA. I have seen many schools asking for GPA. How to convert our Percentage to GPA of 4.0 Scale. Both systems are different. Can you please help me with this question on How to Convert Percentage to GPA ?
Responses from the Graduate Schools :
Portland State University :
The Point is very clear based on the conversation. You Should NOT convert Percentage to GPA.
Here is the response I got for the first email :
It depends on what country and what system you are coming from. Once a student applies, we will review all the documents and do the conversion based on our information on that country and school’s information. We don’t do conversions before we receive a student application.
Please let me know if you have more questions.
I replied to their question stating that I am from India.
Actually, I am from India. We have Percentage system in India and no GPA concept.
Let me know if you need more info. Just wondering if we need to do anything or just apply the way it is and you will take care of all the stuff.
Response back from Portland State University :
Yes, we are very used to doing conversions from the percentage system in India. We have many Indian students at Portland State. We do all the conversions in our office. You can send it just the way it is and we will know exactly what to do with it.
SUNY, Buffalo :
I have contacted the school and the response was, they told that I have to contact the academic department that I am planning on applying to. It depends on their discretion. They also pointed me to an agency WES, just for additional information. The main key thing is, they just said to contact the academic department. . The agencies are listed above.
Rutgers University, Newark :
I got the exact response that I got from SUNY Buffalo. They asked to check with the academic department and also they pointed me to an agency for additional information as listed above.
San Diego State University :
This University wants full evaluation report. They tell you the details :
International students or any other applicant with international coursework, must apply through www.csumentor.edubeginning October 1st. San Diego State University also requires that all first-time freshmen, transfer, and graduate student applicants with international documents, submit one of the following evaluation reports. The evaluation companies will calculate your GPA. This report is what we will be using to determine your admission status.
Request a: Course-by-Course Evaluation Report
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
PO Box 514070
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53203-3470
Request a: Detail Report
International Education Research Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 3665
Culver City, California 90231
Please do not send official transcripts to San Diego State University upon application. Students’ admission eligibility will be based on official evaluations sent from one of the two companies listed above. Once admission is determined, applicants will be required to submit all official transcripts and an official translation of their international coursework. More information about graduate admission deadlines can be found by visitingwww.sdsu.edu/admissions/graduate.
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
This school does not accept evaluations from credential Evaluation Agencies. They do it by themselves.
Thank you for the e-mail. When you submit your academic credentials to UW-Milwaukee, our office will evaluate them to determine your GPA. Some universities may require that you get an evaluation from a credential evaluation organization such as ECE (www.ece.org) or WES (www.wes.org) to determine your GPA. *Please note that UW-Milwaukee does not accept evaluations from these organizations.
Summary : Ask the academic Department for more info
The Key take away from all these responses from few of the schools is, you really have to contact the academic department you are applying to be clear if you need to do anything. You should NOT convert Percentage to GPA by using any methods. Typically schools suggest you an agency to do the credential evaluation or they will do it by themselves. So, just act with caution. Read this article to find out some Wrong formulas to Convert Percencetage to GPA 4.0 scale by International students for Applying to US Schools.