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06/03/14

How to Compute a Grade Point Average

Posted June 3, 2014 in Academic Probation / Dismissal, Did You Know?, Grading

Grade Point Average

How to Compute a Grade Point Average

For every letter-graded course that you take, the Grade Points you earn for that course is determined by multiplying the number of Credit Hours for that course times the Grade Point Value associated with the Final Grade posted by your instructor.

Example: Let’s say you took PSY 101, a three credit hour course. The instructor computes all of your class grades and assigns a Final Grade of B+.

Step 1: Find the Total Number of Grade Points Earned. From the Grading Table we can see that a B+ = 3.33. So the total Grade Points earned for that course would be 3.0 (number of credit hours) multiplied times 3.33 (Grade Point value for Final Grade) = 9.99

Step 2: Determine the Total Number of Letter Graded Credit Hours completed.

Step 3: A Grade Point Average is determined by Dividing the Total Number of Grade Points Earned by Total Number of Letter Graded Credit Hours.

Course situations not used in the computation of a Grade Point Average.
In the slide above, you will notice that UBE 101 is not used in the computation of the GPA, because the grade assigned is a P (Pass). This is a Pass/Fail course. If the student had failed the course, then it would have been used in the computation of the Grade Point Average.
Courses taken Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory are not used to compute a GPA
Resigned courses are also not used to compute a GPA.

Source: Undergraduate Catalog – Explanation of Grades