Nutrition Application: Prerequisite and Overall GPA Calculation

An important consideration in the application evaluation process is your grade point average (GPA) in prerequisite science courses as well as your undergraduate and graduate GPAs. Your careful completion of this section is very important. Failure to do so will significantly impede the processing of your application. If it is not completed, you will be required to re-submit it. You should request an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in order to complete the GPA calculations. Refer to the Grading Scale table located in the application and on the SNHS website under the Apply section for this program.

Please note that the prerequisite requirement should be reported in semester hours. If your courses were taken in a quarter hour system, it is assumed that the conversion factor is .75, i.e., one quarter hour equals .75 of a semester hour. Three quarters may be required to meet the two semester requirement, usually six credits. The number of required quarter terms may depend on the course content and length. For example, a course worth 4 quarter hours equals 3 semester hours (4 x .75 = 3). Some institutions use a unit system where one unit equals 4 semester hours. Institutions also vary in the number of quality points awarded per grade so check with your institution. If a course is outstanding (i.e., will not be completed by the application deadline), write the date of expected completion in the semester/year column.

If you have any trouble completing this form, please contact us at 617-521-2605 or snhs@simmons.edu for assistance. Your application cannot be considered until this form is completed and submitted.

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ILLUSTRATION OF PREREQUISITE GPA CALCULATION FOR ALL NUTRITION PROGRAMS

All science prerequisites must include labs. All courses must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline. Audit or pass/fail courses, AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP and IB scores are not acceptable. Include all repeated and failed courses in the GPA.

Total quality points are obtained by multiplying the number of credits by the quality point per grade. The GPA is obtained by dividing the sum of total quality points by the sum of total credits.


ILLUSTRATION OF OVERALL GPA CALCULATIONS FOR ALL NUTRITION APPLICANTS

List undergraduate institutions attended (whether or not a degree or certificate was earned or if courses are not relevant to nutrition). Refer to an unofficial copy of your transcript for the needed information. Do not add individual institution GPAs and divide by the number of institutions. Please follow the sample below.



PREREQUISITE GPA CALCULATION FOR ALL NUTRITION APPLICANTS

All science courses must include labs; also list labs if you received a separate grade and include labs in the calculation. All courses must have been completed within ten years prior to the application deadline; no audit or pass/fail courses are accepted. CLEP, IB and Advanced Placement (AP) scores are not acceptable. Repeated and failed courses must be included. If you include a repeated course/lab, it may appear at the bottom of this table or in a different location in this document once the form downloads to pdf. The GPA calculations will be fine, so do not be concerned about where the repeated course(s)/lab appear.



OVERALL UNDERGRADUATE GPA FOR ALL NUTRITION APPLICANTS

List every undergraduate institution attended whether or not a degree or certificate was earned or whether or not courses are relevant to Nutrition.



OVERALL GRADUATE GPA FOR ALL NUTRITION APPLICANTS

List all graduate institutions attended whether or not a degree or certificate was earned or whether or not courses are relevant to Nutrition.