GPA

A GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a common method by which overall performance in school over some period of time is computed.

In the United States both the Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA are often used.

GPA Calculator

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Your GPA is a long-term indicator of your success as a student. As such, it is an important statistic reflecting your ability to consistently perform at some academic level.

As indicated in the sidebar to the left, your GPA is a computation of the average of all your grades earned during the course of some specific time period. Usually, this period covers either one semester or your entire academic career at a particular level (i.e., high-school, college, grad-school, etc.).

Traditionally, GPAs are computed on a 4-point scale. Using this method, letter grades are assigned a number of grade points according to the table below. Quality points for the course are then computed by multiplying the grade points by the number of credit hours. The GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Therefore, a GPA would fall into the range from 0.0 to 4.0.

Letter Grade
Grade Points
A
4
B
3
C
2
D
1
F
0

Grades and hours of courses with "AU", "I", "NC", "W", or "WP" recorded are not utilized in computing the grade point average.

Consider the following coursework as an example.

Course
Grade
Credit Hours
Quality Points
Freshman English A
B
3
9
College Algebra
A
3
12
Intro. to Computers
B
3
9
General Psychology
W
3
0
Intro. to Chemistry
C
4
8
Intro. to Chemistry Lab
 
0
0
Totals:
 
13
38

As indicated above, the GPA is computed by dividing the total quality points, 38, by the total number of credit hours attempted, 13.

GPA = 38/13 = 2.92

Compute your Semester GPA by entering your course load with outcomes for a particular semester. Information for up to 8 courses may be entered.
Course
Credit Hours
Grade
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Computed Values:

 
Hours Attempted:
Quality Points:
Semester GPA:
Compute an updated/expected Cumulative GPA by entering your current cumulative GPA, total number of attempted credit hours to date, and your course load with known/expected outcomes for the current semester. Information for up to 8 courses may be entered. Both your Semester GPA and Cumulative GPA will be computed.
Current Cumulative GPA:
Total Attempted Credit Hours (to date):
 
Course
Credit Hours
Grade
1:
2:
3:
4:
5:
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7:
8:

 

Predicted Values:

 
Semester Hours Attempted:
Semester Quality Points:
Semester GPA:
   
Total Hours Attempted:
Cumulative GPA:

Use this calculator to determine the number of credit hours needed to raise your GPA. Enter your current cumulative GPA, total number of attempted credit hours to date, your desired GPA, and your expected course average (e.g., 3.5 on the 4.0 scale) for the additional courses you will take. The minimum number of additional hours that you will need to take in order to achieve the desired GPA will be computed.

Current Cumulative GPA:
Total Attempted Credit Hours (to date):
 
Desired Cumulative GPA:
Expected Average per Course:
 
 
Minimum Credit Hours Needed:
This calculator determines the average course score needed to raise your GPA. Enter your current cumulative GPA, total number of attempted credit hours to date, your current hour load, and your desired GPA. The average course score on a 4.0 scale that you will need to earn in order to achieve the desired GPA will be computed.
Current Cumulative GPA:
Total Attempted Credit Hours (to date):
 
Current Hour Load:
Desired GPA:
 
 
Average Required: