Avoiding Conflict: Calculating Your Grade Point Average
Have you wondered how your grade point average is calculated? Your grade point average (gpa) is a numerical index of your overall academic performance for each semester and for your college career. First, multiply the number of credits that the course is worth by the numerical value of the grade in that course (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, and F=0). Then, divide that figure by the number of credits the course is worth. For example, a grade of "B" in a 3 credit hour course and a grade of "A" in a 3 credit hour course result in a GPA of 3.50 as calculated below:
- 3 x 3 = 9 (3 hour course with a grade of B which is worth 3 points) 3 x 4 = 12 (a 3 hour course with a grade of A which is worth 4 points)
- 21 grade points divided by 6 hours of credit = 3.50
- Grades such as "CR", "Pass", "W" do not count in the calculation of the GPA. A "WF" counts as an F.