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What is my GPA? How do I calculate it and why is it important?

Your GPA (grade point average) is the numerical translation of the letter grades you earn in your college courses. A student's GPA is used as an indication of academic achievement. A student's GPA is used to determine eligibility for transition out of CAT and transfer into selective admissions programs, scholarships and other financial aid. Academic honors (Dean's List) and graduation with Honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude) are also based on a student's GPA.

To calculate your GPA, each letter grade (except grades of NP and W) is assigned quality points(QP):
A=4 QP
B=3 QP
C=2 QP
D=1 QP
F=0 QP
This number is then multiplied by the number of credit hours given the course, so an A would earn 12 QP for a 3 credit course, but 16 QP for a 4 credit course. To calculate the GPA, add all QP and divide this sum by the total number of credit hours attempted.

For example, a student has the following grades:
• Biology 4 credits - grade of C
• English 3 credits - grade of A
• Math 3 credits - grade of W
• Sociology 3 credits - grade of F
The W grade is not considered in GPA; the sum of the quality points (Cx4=8, Ax3=12, Fx3=0) is 20; divide this by 10 (the number of credit hours attempted). The GPA is 2.0.


This GPA Calculator will help you answer questions you may have about how you can raise your GPA.
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Step 1: Enter the following information:

If you are not sure what your GPA is or total attempted credit hours are click here.
  • Your Current Cumulative GPA:
    (you can use your university or college GPA)
  • Your Total Number of Carried Credit Hours to Date:  
    (Do not include current hours and make sure your carried credit hours match accordingly to which GPA you choose. For example, if you enter your College GPA make sure you enter College carried credit hours)

Step 2: Click a question that you would like answered:

  1. How will the grades that I expect to receive in the courses I am currently taking affect my overall GPA?

  2. What will it take and how many credit hours will I need to raise my GPA to a new specified level?

  3. What grade point average do I need to achieve this term to raise my cumulative GPA to a new specified level?

Step 3: Find out the answer to question 1, 2, or 3

Question 1: Fill out the form below to answer question 1
Enter the credit hours and expected grades for (up to six) courses that you are currently taking. Then press CALCULATE GPA button to find your predicted cumulative GPA at the end of this term!
  Credit Hours Expected Grade
Course 1:
Course 2:
Course 3:
Course 4:
Course 5:
Course 6:

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Question 2: Fill out the form below to answer question 2
I would like to raise my cumulative GPA to .
If I can maintain a GPA average from hereon,
(e.g. 4.0, 3.5, 2.48, 1.333....)

credit hours will it take to raise my GPA to this new level?

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Question 3: Fill out the form below to answer question 3
I am currently taking credit hours.
If I want to raise my cumulative GPA to at the end of this term,
(e.g. 4.0, 3.5, 2.48, 1.333....)
will I have to receive on my current courses to reach this goal?

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