What is does GPA stand for?

Marilyn Rodriguez Updated by Marilyn Rodriguez

GPA stands for Grade Point Average.

It is a standard way of measuring academic achievement in the U.S.

Each course is given a certain number of "credits," depending on the course. GPA takes on a grading scale of A, B, C, D, F. Each grade is assigned a number of grade points.

A=4 points





The GPA is calculated as follows:

  1. If you take a three-unit class and receive an A grade, you receive three units times 4 points (for the A), which gives a total of 12-grade points for the course.
  2. Let's say you also take a 4-unit class (typical in Mathematics, for example) and receive a C grade. That's four units times 2 points for 8 points. So, for your two classes, you have accumulated 20-grade points for the seven units.
  3. You then divide the accumulated grade points by the number of units, and you have your GPA. (20/7=2.86), so your GPA is 2.86, which is slightly less than a B average.

Your GPA can be found in Student Portal when your log on.

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