Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

Grades of A, B, C, D, E, and F are assigned a point value (A = 4 points, B+ = 3.5 points, B = 3 points, C+ = 2.5 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point, E = 0 points, F = 0 points). GPA is calculated by multiplying the point value of the grade received in each course by the number of credits offered for the course. The resulting number is called “quality points.” Next, add up the total quality points and divide by the number of graded credits. Include only the grades of A, B, C, D, E, and F; other grades do not affect the GPA.

Example: A student receives the following grades over the course of two semesters at Bergen Community College:


Semester I

Grade
Point value
of grade
Credits
for course

Total
Quality Points
U.S. History C 2 3  = 6
Foundations of Phys. Ed. B 3 2  = 6
Speech Communication A 4 3  = 12
Statistics C 2 3  = 6
English Composition I D 1 3  = 3



14 Total GPA Credits

33 Total Quality Points

This student earned a semester GPA of 2.36 for Semester I. This was arrived at by dividing the total quality points (33) by the total GPA credits (14). The student’s semester GPA was 2.36.


Semester I I

Grade
Point value
of grade
Credits
for course

Total
Quality Points
English Composition F 0 3  = 0
U.S. History II B 3 3  = 9
General Biology I A 4 4  = 16
Music Appreciation C 2 3
 = 6



13 Total GPA Credits

31 Total Quality Points

The student earned a semester GPA of 2.38 for Semester II (31 divided by 13).

A “Cumulative GPA” for this student is arrived at by adding the “Semester I Total Quality Points” (33) to the “Semester II Total Quality Points” (31). The resulting figure is called the “Cumulative Quality Points.” In the example, the Cumulative Quality Points add up to “64.” Add the Semester I Total GPA Credits (14) to the Semester II Total GPA Credits (13). The resulting figure is called “Cumulative GPA Credits.” Divide the Cumulative Quality Points by the Cumulative GPA Credits. The resulting figure is called the “Cumulative GPA” as it reflects all of the grades earned at Bergen. Therefore, for the purpose of the example, this student has a Cumulative GPA of 2.37: 64 Cumulative

Quality Points divided by 27 Cumulative Credits = 2.37 Cumulative GPA.

Students wishing further assistance in understanding their grade point average should contact the Academic Advising Center in Room A-101, on the College’s main campus in Paramus.