Calculating Your GPA

Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.

Grades are based on the traditional 4-point scale: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, F = 0.

The last number of your class (e.g., ENGL 1033 would be 3) shows the number of credits attempted or completed. Multiply the grade you receive by the number of credits (for example, a final grade of A in ENGL 1033 would be 4 (A) x 3 (credits) = 12). Your semester GPA is all of your classes averaged together. Your cumulative GPA is all of your semester grades averaged together.

Sample Transcript

Class Credit Hours Final Grade Grade Points
ENGL 1033 3 A (4) 12
CS 1043 3 B (3) 9
CS 1001 1 B (3) 3
MATH 2013 3 A (4) 12
PHYS 2053 3 C (2) 6
Totals 13 42

Divide total Grade Points by total Credit Hours attempted

42 / 13 = 3.23 GPA


Other Possible Grades

Pass/Fail (P/F) = grade given that does not have a GPA, but does show on the transcript.

Incomplete (I) = grade given when an instructor approves extensions on deadlines beyond the end of the semester with new due dates. Is are not calculated in GPA but do show on the transcript.

Withdrawal (W) = withdrawing from a class by the withdrawal date (12th week of classes). Ws are not calculated in GPA but do show on the transcript.

Replacement Grade = if you retake a course to try to improve your grade/GPA, the 2nd grade is calculated in the GPA instead of the first grade (even if it’s lower). Both grades show on the transcript.