How to Calculate the GPA

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How to Calculate the Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Semester and cumulative grade point averages appear on each student semester grade report and on the permanent academic record (transcript). The information given below illustrates how the GPA was calculated and may be applied in the same way to calculate the GPA in the major or for other purposes. To figure the GPA, the numerical value of each grade (see tables below) is multiplied times the number of credits for each course in which a letter grade is received.

Courses taken under the ungraded option and satisfactorily completed physical education courses (S1, S2, etc.) are EXCLUDED. This gives the total number of QUALITY POINTS.

The Total Quality Points Divided by the Total GRADED CREDITS = GPA.

Numerical Values of Grades for MHC & Five College

MHC and Five College UMass
A 4.0 A 4.0
A- 3.67 AB 3.5
B+ 3.33 B 3.0
B 3.0 BC 2.5
B- 2.67 C 2.0
C+ 2.33 CD 1.5
C 2.0 D 1.0
C- 1.67 F 0.0
D+ 1.33    
D 1.0    
D- 0.7    
F 0    

Examples

Semester one:

DEPT CRSE GRADE CREDIT CALCULATION
BIOL 100 A- 4 3.67 x 4 = 14.68
ENGL 101 B 4 3.0 x 4 = 12.00
FREN 200 B+ 4 3.33 x 4 = 13.32
PHOTO 107 A 1 4.0 x 1 = 4.00
PSYCH 100 B- 4 2.67 x 4 = 10.68
      17     17   54.68
        Sem. GPA = 54.68/ 17 = 3.216
Rounded = 3.22

Semester two:

DEPT CRSE GRADE CREDIT CALCULATION
ARTST 114 F 4 0.0 x 4 = 0.00
ENGL 102 A+ 4 4.0 x 4 = 16.00
MATH 100 CR 4 Ungraded Option - no value x 0 = .00
POLSC 26 B+ 4 3.33 x 4 = 13.32
            12   29.32
        Sem. GPA = 29.32 / 12 = 2.443
Rounded = 2.4

For Cumulative Average

Semester 1 Quality
Points =
54.68 CREDITS = 17  
Semester 2 Quality
Points=
29.32 CREDITS = 12  
  84.00 divided by   29 = 2.896 CUM GPA
          Rounded = 2.90

Note: For each semester, the total Quality Points must be added together to figure the cumulative GPA. You cannot add up each semester GPA and divide by the number of semesters to figure a cumulative average.