A very good question. Admission offices pay attention to all academic information. Does it matter to them how the GPA is calculated or weighted ? Not really. What they do look at is what courses are used to calculate that GPA --- is it all courses? Is it academic courses only in math, science, English, social studies, world languages? Are AP courses and honors given more weight? How many students share the same GPA? As long as the school / community profile explains how the GPA is calculated that is fine. Admission can use the GPA and rank in class ( RIC) to make judgments about the challenges that the student was willing to undertake in their course work, to determine the overall competitiveness of the senior class and to help them determine the competitiveness of the school. With over 26,000 high schools in this country and all types of ranking formulas and methods to weight grades it make sense that the admission office would recalculate all courses to make comparisons easier among candidates. Some good questions to ask of your area admission rep would be -- 1.Does your office recalculate the high school GPA? 2 - If the answer to #1 is yes, how is the recalculated GPA used in the evaluation process? 4 ---- Is the high school grade point average used determining academic scholarships or the recalculated GPA ? Good luck on your college search!