Calculating GPA

Information Needed

To calculate your GPA, you will need two pieces of information: quality points earned and credit hours attempted.

Quality Points Earned

Each letter grade equals a certain number of quality points, such as A=4 points, B+=3.3 points, B=3 points, etc.  You multiply the number of quality points for the letter grade by the number of credit hours for the course; for example, if you earned a B in a three credit hour course, you would earn 9 quality points (3.00 quality points x 3 credit hours) for that course.  The list of letter grades and quality points are:

 Grade Per Credit Hour A 4.0 A- 3.7 B+ 3.3 B 3.0 B- 2.7 C+ 2.3 C 2.0 C- 1.7 D+ 1.3 D 1.0 D- 0.7 F 0

Credit Hours Attempted

If you have a WP, WF, or W, do not include these courses in your GPA calculations, because you do not earn quality points or credit hours when you withdraw from a course.

If you have repeated a class with “repeat forgive” or taken a course and earned a CR, NC, I, NP, this makes calculating your GPA more complicated. If you have any of these grades on your transcript, consult with an academic advisor to learn how this impacts your GPA.

Setting GPA Goals

It’s also important to know the GPA cut-offs for President’s List, Dean’s List, probation, and suspension at JMU as you set GPA goals.

Semester GPA

Calculate your semester GPA by dividing the number of quality points you have earned by the total number of credit hours you have attempted for that semester (you must count the credit hours for the courses that you failed).

Total Quality Points Earned for Specific Semester

Credit Hours Attempted for Specific Semester

Semester GPA Calculator: Calculates Semester GPA for the grades you predict for this semester.

Cumulative GPA

Calculate your cumulative GPA by dividing the number of total quality points you have earned for all your semesters by the total number of credit hours you have attempted in all your semesters (even those courses you have failed).  As a freshman in your first semester, your semester GPA and cumulative GPA will be the same.

Total Quality Points Earned at JMU

Credit Hours Attempted at JMU

Cumulative GPA Calculator: Calculates how the grades you project for this semester will affect your Cumulative GPA.

Major GPA

Calculate your major GPA by dividing the number of total quality points you have earned for all the class you have taken that were required for your major by the total number of credit hours you have attempted for these classes (even those courses you have failed).

Total Quality Points Earned at for Courses Required for Your Major

Credit Hours Attempted for Courses Required Your Major

Sample GPA Calculations

 Course Grade Quality Points for letter grade Credit Hours QP for course WRTC 103 B+ 3.3 3 9.9 SCOM 121 C- 1.7 3 5.1 MATH 235 A 4 4 16 ARTH 205 C 2 3 6 PSYC 101 B- 2.7 3 8.1 Total 16 45.1

45.1÷16 = 2.818   Semester GPA     Good Standing

 Course Grade Quality Points for letter grade Credit Hours QP for course WRTC 103 C 2 3 6 SCOM 121 C- 1.7 3 5.1 MATH 235 C 2 4 8 ARTH 205 C 2 3 6 PSYC 101 C 2 3 6 Total 16 31.1

31.1÷16 = 1.943     Semester GPA     Academic Probation

 Course Grade Quality Points for letter grade Credit Hours QP for course WRTC 103 B 3 3 9 SCOM 121 A 4 3 12 MATH 235 B 3 4 12 ARTH 205 A 4 3 12 PSYC 101 A 4 3 12 Total 16 57

57÷16 = 3.562   Semester GPA    Dean’s List

When in doubt, it is always a good idea to double-check your calculations with your academic advisor to make sure that they are accurate.