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how is cumulative GPA calculated?

idkmybffjilidkmybffjil Registered User Posts: 30 New Member
Last year, my cumulative GPA was 3.05. This semester it's a 3.56. But on webstac it says my cumulative GPA as of now is 3.20. How exactly is this calculated? I thought they way they did it was average all the semesters' GPAs, but then it should be at least a 3.30

Also, is there a grading difference between and A and A+? I have 2 classes where I should have made the A+ cutoff but I haven't asked my prof yet because idk if it'll make a difference.
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Replies to: how is cumulative GPA calculated?

  • Johnson181Johnson181 Registered User Posts: 4,226 Senior Member
    First off, there is no difference between an A and an A+. They're both valued at 4.0. In other words, it's more a sense of pride than worth for anything (it's why a lot of professors don't bother giving A+'s).

    Cumulative gpa is NOT just the average of each semester. This is because you're most likely not taking an equal number of credits each semester. Each credit is weighed equally.

    So if you get an A in a 3 credit class, then you get 12 "points" towards your gpa (3 x 4.0 =12). A B in a 4 credit class is also 12 points (4 x 3.0). 24 points divided by 7 credits nets you a 3.43 gpa. Do this for all of your classes, and you've got your cumulative gpa.

    Note: WebStac already has your total points calculated. Go to "Unofficial Transcript" and scroll down to near the bottom where "GPA summary" is located.
    Look at the Grade points column and Credit attained (they're right next to each other). WebSTAC divides the former by the latter, and spits out your GPA for you.

    Note 2: several types of classes don't count towards your gpa. Transfer classes are one example, UCollege classes are another (at least for engineering students, I don't know for other schools). This is why "credit attained" is not necessarily equal to "credit earned" or "level units."
  • welldadwelldad Registered User Posts: 80 Junior Member
    johnson - is there a difference for A and A-
  • hiltzationhiltzation Registered User Posts: 63 Junior Member
    yes: an A- is 3.7 'points' per credit while an A is 4.0. I believe a B+ is 3.3 'points', a B is 3.0, and so on down the line.

    related question: on the unofficial transcript, under GPA summary, RH column, what does "Level" refer to? I am assuming it is related to the number of credits taken, but what do various levels signify?
  • tumbletiger009tumbletiger009 Registered User Posts: 279 Junior Member
    Levels are assigned based on how many credits you have earned, and are only meaningful in terms of registration. For registration period, certain levels register on different days. So, even though I am a third year student, I registered with fourth year students for the spring semester because I was a high enough "level".
  • Johnson181Johnson181 Registered User Posts: 4,226 Senior Member
    For the record, engineering students who entered before Fall 2010 (ie c/o 2012 or 2013 or older) don't use +'s or -'s. It's wonderful.
    (In other words, for me, an A- is a 4.0... but a B+ is a 3.0 so B+'s seriously suck).

    And ditto on what tumbletiger said regarding levels. The #cutoff is listed somewhere online, but I can't seem to find it.

    Also of note: I believe you can't go above level 8. I've been there for a few semesters so far and it's not going to change until the engineering school lists me as a grad student (BS/MS program).
  • Johnson181Johnson181 Registered User Posts: 4,226 Senior Member
    and are only meaningful in terms of registration.
    That's not entirely true. If you're listed as a level 6 as a sophomore like someone I know was, you're considered as "junior" status even though you're not set to graduate with that class year. Translation: you can take classes that have pre-reqs of junior (or whatever) status even if you're not that year.
    It's how my friend took tech writing as a sophomore and he didn't get kicked out when the classes overfilled.
  • EssmartEssmart Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    Great Explaination well worded
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