Self-Reported Grades

When applying as a first-year student to UGA, students will be asked to submit a summary of the grades earned in academic courses in high school.  While UGA requires an official transcript from the high school, we also prompt students to submit their self-reported grades. We do not ask for a GPA, but rather a subject area by subject area summary of the grades received in their academic classes from 9th grade through the time in which they are applying for admission.  The FAQ below is designed to address some of the more common questions we receive regarding this requirement.

Can you give me an example of how to translate my transcript to this grade report?

If your high school uses only one type of academic credit (semester, block, etc.), then uniform credit types should be totaled and entered by subject and the accompanying grade. The sample transcript and accompanying chart below shows you how to review your transcript and enter in the correct information on the chart. In addition, we have included the number of AP grades from the sample transcript for one of the additional questions on the grade chart.

What if my school uses more than one type of grading term (semesters, block schedule, etc.)?

If your grades are in two different types of terms (semester and block as an example), then the different credit types should be counted by the lowest common denominator.  For example, the half-credit courses are counted once, while the 1.0 credit grades are counted twice. The sample transcript and accompanying chart below shows you how to review your transcript and enter in the correct information on the chart. In addition, we have included the number of AP grades from the sample transcript for one of the additional questions on the grade chart.

  

How will UGA know about the rigor of my coursework?

The Office of Admissions will review your official transcript, your senior coursework, and the information provided by your high school counselor to better understand the overall rigor of your coursework. While the self-reported grades are one part of the application, we will be looking at all of the required materials in determining admission.

What should I do if my school uses a numerical or plus/minus system?

Plus/Minus grades are not factored into the UGA grades, so a B- and a B+ are treated as a B. Numerical grading systems should be converted to A-F Grades based on your high school's grading scale.  Your transcript should list your school's grading scale, or you can speak with your counselor about your school's grading scale.

Should I include my 8th grade coursework?

Course work from the 8th grade or earlier should not be included in Self Reported grades. 

If I complete the self-reported grade report, do I still need to send in an official transcript?

An official High School transcript is required of all first year applicants.  Failure to provide an official transcript will result in an incomplete application.

I am an international student, should I complete this form?

A number of international students attend schools that do not use a standard US grading system. If you are in this situation, you should use the checkbox to indicate that you are unable to complete this form due to being an international student.

I am a home-educated student, should I complete this form?

If your school is not accredited by a Regional Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS, MSACS, NCACS, NEACS, NACS or WACS), a state’s Department of Education or certain Georgia authorities (Georgia Accrediting Commission, Georgia Private School Accrediting Commission or the Accrediting Commission for Independent Study), then you should use the checkbox to indicate that you are unable to complete this form due to being a home-educated student.

I have attended more than one high school, should I complete this form?

If your current high school transcript lists all your coursework from all high schools, then use that transcript to complete the form. If your current high school only has grades from the time you have attended that school, then you should obtain your previous school(s) transcript and enter in the grades from each high school transcript.

What will happen if I am eligible to complete the Self-Reported, but do not?

All eligible applicants are required to complete the Self-Reported grade form to the best of their ability.  Failure to do so may result in delays in processing, decision and other problems.  In other words, you need to complete the self-reported grade form unless you fall into a category (international student, non-accredited Home-Educated student) that is exempted from this form.

What if students falsify their grades?

Official transcripts will be used to confirm all Self-Reported grades and courses prior to enrollment at UGA.  Evidence that an applicant provided false information for the purpose of Grade Point Average improvement may invalidate further consideration for admission or result in rescinding of the offer of admission.

How do I complete the two questions concerning AP/IB grades and courses at the end of the chart?

After you finish entering your grades in the Self-Reported Grade chart, count how many of the grades you entered in the chart were from AP/IB courses (NOT pre-AP, pre-IB or Honors courses), even if you had to adjust some grades due to your school using multiple grading term types (block, semester, etc.). For the second question, we want to know how many of the classes you will have completed by the end of your senior year are AP/IB classes (NOT pre-AP, pre-IB or Honors courses). If, by the end of senior year, you will have taken AP Biology (junior year) and AP World History (senior year), you would put 2. If you also took a half-credit AP course, such as AP Government in some schools, this would be considered a half credit, and would make the total 2.5. You would then round up your answer to 3. If you took two half-credit AP classes, you would add them together to make one full credit (such as AP Government and AP Econ in some high schools).

Should I include grades from a mid-year report or that are in progress?

You should only include grades that are actual term grades (trimester/semester/year), and you should use your current high school transcript when reporting these grades. The best way to complete this part of the application is to get a copy of your high school transcript and use the grades that you see on the transcript to complete the self-reported grades. You should only put in grades for courses that you have completed and are on the transcript (in other words, no "predicting" what grades you will get senior year).

My school adds additional points to the teacher's grades for Honors/AP courses? Should I remove these points?

You should report the teacher grades as they are listed on your transcript, so if the teacher grades have an added weight, do not remove this weight, but instead enter in the grades as they are on the transcript. UGA knows the policies of the schools and weighting, and we have a process in place to not add weight for AP/IB courses if your school already does this. To repeat, look at your transcript and enter in the term grades from there.

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