# How to Calculate A Grade Point Average by hcj

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How to Calculate A Grade Point Average

Understanding how BSC grade point averages (GPAs) are calculated and being skillful at
actually calculating one’s GPA are crucial knowledge and skill for all students. The
following worksheet will allow you to learn this skill so you may begin using frequent

In computing the GPA, grades are assigned the following numerical values:
A = 4.0       B+ = 3.3      C+ = 2.3       D+ = 1.3       F = 0.0
A- = 3.7      B = 3.0       C = 2.0        D = 1.0
B- = 2.7      C- = 1.7       D- = 0.7

The semester GPA is calculated by multiplying the grade numerical value for each course
by the number of credit hours each course is worth. These totals are added together and
the sum is divided by the total number of completed semester credit hours. For example:

BIOL121               3              A                  4.0     =             12.0
LAFR102               3              C+                 2.3     =              6.9
ENGL101               3              B                  3.0     =              9.0
HIST221               3              B+                 3.3     =              9.9
MATH105               3_             B-                 2.7     =              8.1
15                                                         45.9

45.9  15 = 3.060 semester GPA

The cumulative GPA (cum.GPA) is calculated by summing the credit hours completed
during all semesters/terms of BSC enrollment and the total semester quality points for
those completed courses. To understand how the cum.GPA is calculated, complete the
following steps:

1. Calculate the semester GPA for the course schedule below by following the same
steps used in the sample above. Refer to the college catalog to determine the number
of credit hours each course carries.
ENGL102           ___                  A             ____        =
MATH110           ___                  C-            ____        =
BIOL122           ___                  B             ____        =
POLI100           ___                  C+            ____        =
PHED155           ___                  A-            ____        =
LIBR102           ___                  B+            ____        =
________                                                  ___________
Tot. Semester Quality Points  Tot. Semester Credit Hours = _______ Semester GPA
2. Calculate the cumulative GPA as follows:
[First semester quality points]    45.9 Credit hours attempted    15
[Second semester quality points] +_____ Credit hours attempted +_____

grand tot. quality points earned  grand tot. credit hours attempted = ______ Cum.GPA

The minimum cumulative GPA for good academic standing is 2.00. Any time the
cumulative GPA falls below 2.00, a student will be on academic probation and will be
subject to academic separation according to the following formula of overall credit hours
earned and earned cumulative GPA:

Credit Hours Earned                         Separation Below Cumulative GPA of
0 – 16                                            1.00
17 – 31                                            1.50
32 – 46                                            1.65
47 – 61                                            1.75
62 – 89                                            1.85
90 or above                                        2.00

Note: “Credit Hours Earned” includes all course work completed at BSC plus credit
accepted in transfer. However, only grade points earned at Bridgewater will be utilized
in calculating the GPA.

Armed with skill in calculating the semester GPA and cumulative GPA (Cum.GPA), you
can set grade goals for each semester to allow you to establish and maintain your target
cumulative GPA. For example, if you have a current cumulative GPA of 1.80 on 15
credit hours attempted at BSC (27 earned quality points) and wish to raise that
cumulative to 2.00 through the grades earned during your next semester of enrollment,
the following steps will allow you to project the grades you must earn:

1). 2.00                                           28             =        56. 0
desired Cum.GPA                         total GPA hours               necessary
attempted as of end of        quality points
current semester
2). 56.0                                           27             =       29.0
necessary quality points                 quality points              quality points

3). 29.0                                          13             =         2.23
quality points needed                   credit hours for              semester GPA
current semester              needed
Projected GPA Worksheet

Number of
Enrolled Hours in
Next semester
(subtract credits for
FRSK courses)

STUDENT INFORMATION LABEL:

D                       A               C               B

1.       _____________________        X     _____________________         =        _______________________
*Desired Cum. GPA                  Total GPA Hours +                       Necessary Quality Points
at end of Current                Current Enrolled Hours
Semester                     (A+B above)

2.       _____________________        -     _____________________         =        _______________________
Necessary Quality Points          Cumulative Quality                     Necessary Grade Points
(from 1.)                      Points
(C above)

3.       _____________________        ÷    ______________________         =          ________________
Necessary Grade                   Current Enrolled Hours                    Minimum Semester
Points (from 2.)                  (B above)                                  GPA required to
attain desired Cum.
GPA
* Equation assumes successful completion
of all current courses.

WHAT GPA DO I NEED TO EARN NEXT SEMESTER IN ORDER TO RETURN THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER?

4.       ________________         +   ______________      =

Total Earned                                      Earned Credits for           Identify the GPA that corresponds to the
Hours enrolled in                                     anticipated credit earned at the close of