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# How To Calculate College GPA

By: Stephen Thiele

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Looking for directions on how to calculate your college GPA? Your GPA stands for your grade point average. In high school, chances are that your GPA was calculated on a scale of 0 through 100. In college, your GPA will be calculated on a scale of zero through four Having a GPA of 4.0 means that you are a straight A student. You should be able to calculate your GPA in your head, but feel free to use a pen and paper or calculator if that is easier for you.

1. Equivalents. You will not be assigned a number grade in college. Instead, you will be assigned a letter grade as your final grade for a class. To calculate your college GPA, you need to know what number your letter grade is equivalent to on a scale of 0 through 4. An A+ is a 4.33, an A is a 4, an A- is a 3.67, a B+ is a 3.33, a B is a 3, a B- is a 2.67, a C+ is a 2.33, a C is a 2, a C- is a 1.67, a D+ is a 1.33, a D is a 1, a D- is a .67, and an E or F is a 0.
2. Calculating Your Equivalents. Now that you know what number your letter grade is equivalent to, you need to add up all of your equivalents. If you are trying to calculate your college GPA for a specific semester, only include grades for classes that you took that semester. To calculate your cumulative college GPA, you will need to include grades for every class that you have taken while in college.
3. Division. Once you have calculated your equivalents, you need to divide the number that you received by the number of grades that were included in your original calculation. For example, if you received an A+, an A, a B+, a C, and a D, your equivalents would be 14.66. When you divide 14.66 by the five grades that were included in your calculation, you get a GPA of 2.93.

Tip: When calculating your college GPA, always round to two decimal places.

Posted on: Sep. 04, 2010