When Your GPA Still Doesn't Equal Your GPA

By: Jason Robinovitz | Last Updated: September 30, 2020

In August of last year, our blog titled “When your GPA doesn't equal your GPA” discussed the varying ways in which colleges look at students’ grades – and the strength of the schedules that produced those grades – in making admissions decisions. In that blog, we noted that “When it comes to your GPA, the one that’s on your transcript is not necessarily the one that colleges will use!” That’s every bit as true now as it was then, and it’s also true, in spades, for the Florida State University System (SUS) schools that will be the focus of this blog.

Here’s a summary of what three SUS schools will and won’t include in GPA recalculations this year, and their policies differ:


UF calculated GPA differently for admissions purposesAll AP, IB, AICE courses, including AICE Tourism and Travel, will be included in GPA re-calculations, as will the approved Dual Enrollment courses that are listed in the Florida Counseling for Future Education Handbook (FCFEH). 

Before you thank FSU and UF for providing apparently clear procedures, there’s this proviso: FSU and UF will calculate a separate Dual Enrollment GPA using ALL Dual Enrollment courses, approved or not, as part of their holistic review process, because research shows that performance in dual enrollment courses is a good predictor of success in college.


UCF recalculates GPA for admissions The only courses counted as academic core will be those listed on pages 63-69 of the FCFEH, and the Bright Futures Course Table will also show if a course (including DE) is considered academic core by the SUS. Although UCF will not consider some DE courses in the academic core GPA it recalculates, UCF will calculate a college GPA for all DE work attempted because students need a minimum 2.0 GPA in their total DE work for admission.

As an example of the above, AP Art History and AP Drawing are in the FCFEH under Fine/Performing Arts, so those two will be counted as core courses even though they’re on the BF list as electives. AICE Travel & Tourism isn’t so listed, so UCF won’t count it. The FCFEH is the #1 source that UCF uses in GPA matters.

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