Does anyone know how University of South Carolina re-calculates GPA's? I heard from Admissions they do not use the GPA's from the HS transcripts but they re-calculate them. I asked for the method of how they re-calculate but they wouldn't tell me that or even what the re-calculated GPA was. My son is already accepted but trying to figure out what OoS scholarships he might qualify for.
For example, in our school district:
- An A in a regular course = 4 points
- An A in an honors course = 5 points (1 extra point)
- An A in an AP course = 6 points (2 extra points)
So on his transcript, his UW=3.3 and W=3.96 (lots of honors and AP classes); but that may or may not be USC's re-calculated GPA. (?)
Also, SAT=1800 (1280 CR+M) and ACT=28.
EC's include NHS, varsity swim team, Eagle scout, part-time job as lifeguard, comm.serv.
I know in other schools- like Florida State (for example), they only give a half point (.5) extra for honors courses and 1 point extra for AP course. They are on a 10-point grading scale and our school is on a 7-point grading scale, which puts us at a disadvantage since a 92 for my son is a B, but an A for someone else with a 10-point scale, but that's another story. He got accepted there too but his re-calculated GPA was 3.6 (down from 3.96).
Any idea how USC does it? This is his first school choice but we said he needs to get a scholarship to cut down the OoS tuition costs.