# Calculating Grade Point Average

Portland State University computes current term and cumulative G.P.A. according to the following scale:

A = 4.00 | C = 2.00 |

A- = 3.67 | C- = 1.67 |

B+ = 3.33 | D+ = 1.33 |

B = 3.00 | D = 1.00 |

B- = 2.67 | D- = 0.67 |

C+ = 2.33 | F = 0.00 |

To calculate *G.P.A. for one term*:

- Multiply the point value of the letter grade (see scale above) by the number of credit hours. The result is the grade points (quality points) earned.
- Total the credit hours for the term; total the quality points for the term.
- Divide the total quality points by the total credit hours. The result is the G.P.A. for the term.

To calculate *cumulative G.P.A.*:

- Follow steps 1 and 2 above for each term.
- Total the credit hours from all terms; total the quality points from all terms.
- Divide the total quality points for all terms by the total credit hours for all terms. The result is the cumulative G.P.A.

## Example:

Term 1 | Term 2 | ||
---|---|---|---|

B- |
3 credits | C+ |
4 credits |

C |
3 credits | A- |
5 credits |

A |
2 credits | B- |
3 credits |

C- |
3 credits | B |
4 credits |

D+ |
4 credits |

**Term 1 Calculation:**

B- = 2.67 x 3 credit hours = 8.01 quality points

C = 2.00 x 3 credit hours = 6.00 quality points

A = 4.00 x 2 credit hours = 8.00 quality points

C- = 1.67 x 3 credit hours = 5.01 quality points

D+ = 1.33 x 4 credit hours = 5.32 quality points

**Add** the number of quality points for term 1:

8.01 + 6.00 + 8.00 + 5.01 + 5.32 = 32.34 quality points.

**Add** the number of credit hours for term 1:

3 + 3 + 2 + 3 + 4 = 15 credit hours.

**Divide** the total quality points by the total credit hours:

32.34 / 15 = 2.15 G.P.A.

**Term 2 Calculation:**

C+ = 2.33 x 4 credit hours = 9.32 quality points

A- = 3.67 x 5 credit hours = 18.35 quality points

B- = 2.67 x 3 credit hours = 8.01 quality points

B = 3.00 x 4 credit hours = 12 quality points

**Add** the number of quality points for term 2:

9.32 + 18.35 + 8.01 + 12 = 47.68 quality points.

**Add** the number of credit hours for term 2:

4 + 5 + 3 + 4 = 16 credit hours.

**Divide** the total quality points by the total credit hours

47.68 / 16 = 2.98 G.P.A.

**Cumulative G.P.A. Calculation:**

**Add** the quality points for all terms:

32.34 (term 1) + 47.68 (term 2) = 80.02 quality points.

**Add** the credit hours for all terms:

15 (term 1) + 16 (term 2) = 31 credit hours.

**Divide** the total credit hours for all terms by the total quality points for all terms:

80.02 / 31 = 2.58 G.P.A.

## General G.P.A. Information

- Only courses graded on an A-F basis are used in calculating G.P.A. Courses taken as Pass/No Pass (P/NP), credit-by-exam, correspondence, and audit are not included.
- The G.P.A. calculation never includes transfer work from other colleges.
- Separate G.P.A.s are printed on transcripts for undergraduate courses and for graduate courses.