Verification and GPAs

After PharmCAS receives ALL of your official U.S. transcripts, it conducts a course-by-course verification process. Verification refers to the matching of courses on your official transcripts with the courses you entered onto the “Transcript Entry” section of your application. PharmCAS will check the course information you reported on your application against your official transcripts, and will report any discrepancies to your selected programs.

PharmCAS will return your application to you for corrections or explanation if it identifies a significant number of course discrepancies or omissions. If you fail to properly enter all of your courses when you first submit your application or do not make corrections as requested, you may jeopardize your chances for admission.

GPA Calculations

PharmCAS calculates a standardized set of GPAs to help programs evaluate applicants using uniform criteria. PharmCAS GPAs may differ from those calculated on your transcripts due to the grade standardization process. Programs may use the PharmCAS GPAs or calculate their own.


  • Courses only from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada
  • Repeated courses
  • Study-abroad courses, if reported on a United States transcript
  • Withdrawn failing


  • Foreign courses
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • CLEP
  • Audited
  • Deferred
  • Institutional/departmental exam
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Incomplete
  • Pass/fail
  • Withdrawn/withdrawn passing

Check Your PharmCAS GPAs

PharmCAS will email you once your coursework is verified and GPAs are calculated. Login to your application to view your GPAs. If you have questions about your GPAs, contact PharmCAS customer support.

GPA Rules

To calculate a grade-point-average (GPA), PharmCAS determines your total number of quality points by multiplying semester hours attempted by the value of the verified PharmCAS grade. Quarter hours and units are converted to semester hours (quarter hours are multiplied by .667). The quality points are divided by the total number of hours for completed courses. PharmCAS will report your standardized GPA in semester-based 4.0 grading scale.

  • Repeated courses are included in GPAs, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript.
  • Failed courses are included in GPAs, even if they are later repeated for a higher grade or excluded from the GPA on the transcript.
  • If credits or grades are missing, courses are excluded from GPAs.
  • PharmCAS will not calculate GPAs by totaling grade values and dividing by the number of courses completed.
  • PharmCAS includes grades and credits from transcripts where the course was originally taken, regardless of transfer credit earned at other institutions. The only exception is study-abroad coursework that transferred to a United States institution with itemized credit and grades.
  • GPAs are calculated on a 4.0 semester-based system.
  • Quarter hours are automatically converted to semester hours (Quarter hour x .667 = semester hour).
  • Unit credits are converted to semester hours.
  • Grade value is multiplied by semester credits.
  • Grade value (eg, A=4.0) x semester credits (eg, 3) = quality points (eg, 12).
  • Total quality points divided by total credits attempted = PharmCAS
  • All credit hours are rounded to the tenths place.
  • PharmCAS GPAs are rounded to the hundredths place.

PharmCAS Grades and Weights

4.0 3.7 3.5 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.5 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.5 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.5 0
A/A+ A- AB B+ B B- BC C+ C C- CD D+ D D- DE F

Year-Level GPAs/Academic Status

• Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Post-Baccalaureate, Cumulative Undergraduate, Graduate, Overall

Course Subject Category GPAs 
• Biochemistry, Biology & Other Life Sciences, Inorganic Chemistry, Math, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Other Science, Physics, and Social & Behavioral Science

Science, Non-Science, and Mathematics GPAs
• PharmCAS divides each Year-level GPA into Science, Non-Science, and Overall

College/University GPA
• Separate GPA for college/university attended based on PharmCAS GPA calculation rules.

Grading Scheme

The PharmCAS application automatically assigns the following grades to courses with numeric grading scales, regardless of the letter grade value assigned on the official transcript. Applicants must enter each course grade exactly as it appears on the transcript.

Grade on Transcript

“PharmCAS Grade”


100-90 A/A+ (4.0)
89-80 B (3.0)
79-70 C (2.0)
69-60 D (1.0)
59 and below F (>1.0)


Grade on Transcript

“PharmCAS Grade”


4.00-3.80 A/A+ (4.0)
3.79-3.60 A- (3.7)
3.59-3.40 AB (3.5)
3.39-3.10 B+ (3.3)
3.00-2.80 B (3.0)
2.79-2.60 B- (2.7)
2.59-2.40 BC (2.5)
2.39-2.10 C+ (2.3)
2.09-1.80 C (2.0)
1.79-1.60 C- (1.7)
1.59-1.40 CD (1.5)
1.39-1.10 D+ (1.3)
1.09-.80 D (1.0)
0.79-.060 D- (0.7)
0.59-0.40 DE (0.5)
Less than or equal to 0.39 F 0.0
Non-graded designations NONE

Narrative (Non-Graded) Transcripts

Most U.S. colleges and universities evaluate students’ work with a numeric (e.g., 4.0) or alpha grade (e.g., B+). Some programs evaluate students with a “narrative” – sentences or paragraphs discussing the student’s work. PharmCAS cannot verify narrative transcripts. If received, these transcripts are scanned and made available to your designated programs.

Review PharmCAS GPAs

You may review your PharmCAS GPAs by logging onto your account on the PharmCAS web site. PharmCAS GPAs are likely to be different from those calculated by the colleges and universities you attended due to the PharmCAS grade standardization process. Your PharmCAS GPAs will be calculated within four weeks after PharmCAS receives your completed application, ALL transcripts, and the correct fee payment. Please contact PharmCAS by email if you have difficulty accessing your account.


Course Grade on Transcript Credits Attempted on Transcript PharmCAS Grade Calculation Quality Points
MATH 1100 100 3 A (4.0) = 4×3 12
ENGL 1310 90 3 B (3.0) = 3×3 9
GEOL 1620 80 4 C (2.0) = 2×4 8
PHED 1000 70 3 D (1.0) = 1×3 3
PSCI 1040 60 3 F (0.0) = 0x3 0
TOTAL 16 32

GPA Calculation
32 (Quality Points) ÷ by 16 (Credit Hours Attempted) = 2.00 (GPA)

Degree Verification

PharmCAS will verify that all degrees reported as earned in the Colleges Attended section of the application also appear on the applicant’s official transcripts.  PharmCAS reserves the right to make edits to the application degree fields in order to correct minor typographical errors; however, it is ultimately the applicant’s responsibility to properly enter all degrees on the PharmCAS application. Failure to properly enter your degrees may delay your application in processing or jeopardize your chances for admission.

During the Fall Academic Update, PharmCAS will verify any new degrees earned since the application was initially submitted and verified. PharmCAS will not verify any new degrees earned in the 2019 spring or summer terms.

Programs are instructed not to automatically interpret an unverified degree in the Education tab in WebAdMIT to mean that the applicant entered falsified information. PharmCAS and designated programs recognize that registrars may not report a degree as earned on a transcript until several weeks after the degree is earned or until the end of the academic year. Programs reserve the right to contact the applicant or registrar directly, if they have questions about the status of a degree.  PharmCAS does not conduct investigations on degree status.

PharmCAS Investigations

PharmCAS will investigate and report applicants suspected of submitting false or fraudulent information. If any misrepresentation in data is suspected by or reported to PharmCAS, the applicant will be notified, and relevant information will be requested. If a misrepresentation in data is confirmed, PharmCAS will notify the programs to which the applicant has applied. In addition, on a case-by-case basis, PharmCAS reserves the right to notify all programs participating in the service.

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