Calculating Your GPA

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Calculating Your Grade Point Average (GPA)


The six grades of A, B, C, D, F, and WF are included in determining student grade point averages.  The grade point average (GPA) for the term is calculated as the total Quality Points for all the courses in the term divided by the total Quality Hours for all the courses in the term.

Each course with a grade of one of the six below has its credit hours counted as Quality Hours, and it has Quality Points determined as the number of Quality Hours multiplied by the Grade Points Per Credit Hour noted below for the appropriate grade.  Any courses with grades other than these six do not have any Quality Hours or Quality Points associated with them (and so do not affect the GPA calculation).

Grade
Symbol


Definition

Grade Points
Per Credit Hour

A

Excellent.

4

B

Good.

3

C

Satisfactory.

2

D

Poor.

1

F or WF

Failure.

0

all others

n/a

n/a


To illustrate a term GPA calculation, consider the following example freshman student schedule with grades:


Course

Credit
Hours


Grade

Grade Pts.
Per Hour

 

Quality
Hours

 

Quality
Points

ENGL 101

3

B

3

×

3

=

9

UCOL 101A

3

A

4

×

3

=

12

KIN 101

2

W

n/a

×

0

=

0

MATH 109

3

F

0

×

3

=

0

PSYC 102

3

B

3

×

3

=

9

SPCM 101

3

C

2

×

3

=

6

Totals

17

15

36

The resulting term GPA – total Quality Points divided by total Quality Hours – for the above example is thus 36 ÷ 15 = 2.400.


Determining a cumulative GPA across multiple terms is done in a similar fashion by computing Quality Hours and Quality Points for each course, then calculating totals for Quality Hours and Quality Points across those terms.  The cumulative GPA would then be total Quality Points divided by total Quality Hours.

There is a GPA calculator within SalukiNet (search for "GPA") that a student can use to estimate future GPAs based on providing their expected future courses with hypothesized grades.