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How Does GPA work in college

Skater GirlSkater Girl Posts: 242Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2011 in College Life
In high school we just averaged our yearly GPA's for our four years; each year was weighed equally. How does GPA work in college (Cumulative GPA). Do they average the GPA's of all the semesters together? I am taking more credits in the spring semester so will that semester be weighed more?

Thanks.
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Replies to: How Does GPA work in college

  • moose162moose162 Posts: 48Registered User Junior Member
    yeah, most colleges will weight everything according the the amounts of hours.
  • hikidshikids Posts: 1,284Registered User Senior Member
    Very basic average everything.
  • WeskidWeskid Posts: 1,288Registered User Senior Member
    As I understand it, they average every grade together, not semesters. Each class is weighted equally (or maybe according to the # of credits it is?).
  • b@r!umb@r!um Posts: 9,442Registered User Senior Member
    At my college every class is weighted by the number credits it is worth. It doesn't matter which semester you take it in.
  • BP-TheGuy88BP-TheGuy88 Posts: 1,437Registered User Senior Member
    take the # of credit hours in your course and multiply by the grade you received in the course (on the 4.0 scale). do that for all your classes. that result should give you the total grade point. then divide the total grade point by the total number of credit hours taken. that gives you your GPA.

    so if you want to know the gpa for one school year, just focus on that one school year. if you want to focus on your entire college career, then add up all your credit hours and grades. if you want it for one semester, just do it for one semester.

    what makes it screwy is the letter grade system. that may vary from school to school. so converting the letter grade to the 4.0 scale system may not work the same your school as it works as my school for example.
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Posts: 6,630Registered User Senior Member
    it's a weighted average... for instance, you take:

    Chemistry I (3 credits) = B (3.0)
    Chemistry I Lab (1 credit) = A (4.0)

    your GPA = [(3 x 3.0) + (1 x 4.0)] / 4 = 3.25

    divide by 4 b/c it's the total number of credits you took.

    If you take 12 credits in Semester 1 and get a 4.0, and 18 credits in Semester 2 and get a 3.0, you do NOT have a 3.5 GPA.

    Grade Point Average is computed per credit hour, excluding courses taken pass/fail.
  • 126230126230 Posts: 134Registered User Junior Member
    A/A+ = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.7, etc
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Posts: 6,630Registered User Senior Member
    some schools give .66 for minuses and .33 for pluses, though it probably doesn't make a significant difference
  • wheretheresawillwheretheresawill Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    THANK YOU! I have been trying to explain this to my daughter and she thinks she is doing so well with her GPA because she has A's in all (3) of her 1 credit classes, but has 2 F's and 1 D in her 3 unit classes. I have saved your post!
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