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Calculating GPA

The words grade, point and average give you a clue as to how you find your GPA. First you have to determine your grade points, and then you take an average. Every letter grade has a numerical value assigned to it: A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0.

  • To find out your grade points for a class you have taken, multiply the numerical value of your letter grade by the credit hours assigned to the course. Example: you took English 101, which is three credit hours, and you earned a C in the course (Remember, C=2). Just multiply 2 (for the C) x 3 (credit hours). That is, 2 x 3 = 6. So, for this class, you have six grade points.
  • Now calculate the grade points for each class using the example below:

 Course

 Credits

 Grade Earned

 Grade Value

 Grade Points

 ENG-101

3

C

2

3 x 2 = 6

 CHM-110

4

A

4

4 x 4 = 16

 PSY-201

3

B

3

3 x 3 = 9

 Total Credits and Grade Points

10 

   

 31        

  • Once you have figured out your grade points you can compute the average. To compute the grade point average:
  1. Total your grade points by adding the grade points from each class: 6+16+9=31
  2. Total the number of credits attempted: 3+4+3=10
  3. Divide the total grade points by the total number of credits: 31 divided by 10 = 3.1

The grade point average, or GPA, in this case is 3.1.

Grading System

 Letter Grade  Numerical Scale
 A  91-100
 B  81-90
 C  71-80
 D  65-70
 F  Below 65

Grade System Chart

Grade
Used in GPA Calculations
Earns Credit Hours
Grade Points Carried for Each Credit Hour
A Excellent
Yes
Yes
4
B Above Average
Yes
Yes
3
C Average
Yes
Yes
2
D Below Average
Yes
Yes
1
F Failure
Yes
No
0
I Incomplete*
No
No
0
W Withdrawn
No
No
0
SC Satisfactory Completion
No
Yes
0
U Unsatisfactory
No
No
0
AU Audit
No
No
0

*Defaults to F (or U, if applicable) automatically after midterm of the next semester, unless work is completed and grade is assigned by the instructor.

 

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