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Grade Scale and GPA Calculation

Grade Scale

Grade Grade Point Equivalent Quality of Work
A 4.0 Highest Distinction
A - 3.7  
B + 3.3  
B 3.0 Superior
B - 2.7  
C + 2.3  
C 2.0 Average
C - 1.7  
D + 1.3  
D 1.0 Below Average
D - 0.7  
F 0.0 Failure

 

Calculating Semester Grade Point Average (GPA)

Each of the above grades that have a numerical grade point equivalent will be used to calculate your semester grade point average. Courses with final grades of W, I and AU do not count towards semester GPA calculations. Basically, the calculation of grade point average is the sum of all quality points earned divided by the sum of total earned credit hours.

Quality Points - The quality points earned for a course is the product of its grade point equivalent and the number of credit hours. For example if you take a 4 credit hour course and earn a grade of B+ (which has a grade point equivalent of 3.3), then your quality points would be:

(3.3) x (4 credit hours) = 13.2 Quality Points

 

Example of Calculating Semester Grade Point Average

Suppose Joe completed a semester with the following final grades:

Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Point Equivalent Quality Points
English 101 3 A- 3.7 3.7 x 3 = 11.1
Math 102 3 B 3.0 3.0 x 3 = 9.0
Chemistry 103 4 B+ 3.3 3.3 x 4 = 13.2
Psychology 101 3 C+ 2.3 2.3 x 3 = 6.9
Philosophy 203 3 F 0.0 0.0 x 3 = 0.0
Total 16     40.2

The Semester GPA for Joe would be:

(Sum of Quality Points) ÷ (Sum of Earned Credit Hours) = 40.2 ÷ 16 = 2.51

 

Transcript Notations That Do Not Affect Semester GPA

W Withdrawal
I Incomplete
AU Course Attendance Only (Audit)

 

Course Withdrawal

Courses with a transcript notation of W (withdrawal) do not count towards your Semester GPA calculation. Students under financial aid are strongly advised to determine the impact of a course withdrawal on their financial aid status before proceeding with the withdrawal process. Please read the Cayuga Community College Catalog for more information on the course withdrawal policy.

 

Example of Calculating Semester Grade Point Average Which Includes a Course Withdrawal

Using the earlier example suppose Joe had utilized the Cayuga Community College withdrawal policy and withdrew himself from the Philosophy 203 course.

Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Point Equivalent Quality Points
English 101 3 A- 3.7 3.7 x 3 = 11.1
Math 102 3 B 3.0 3.0 x 3 = 9.0
Chemistry 103 4 B+ 3.3 3.3 x 4 = 13.2
Psychology 101 3 C+ 2.3 2.3 x 3 = 6.9
Philosophy 203 (3) W   NA
Total 13     40.2

The semester Grade Point Average for Joe would then be:

(Sum of Quality Points) ÷ (Sum of Earned Credit Hours) = 40.2 ÷ 13 = 3.09

 

Course Attendance Only (Audit)

Courses with a transcript notation of AU (audit) do not count towards your semester GPA calculation. Please read the Cayuga Community College Catalog for more information on the course audit policy.

 

Course Incomplete

Courses that you have received a transcript notation of I (incomplete) will only temporarily not be counted towards your semester GPA calculation. Once your instructor has changed the notation to a final overall grade will it then be used in the calculation of your GPA. Please read the Cayuga Community College Catalog for more information on the course incomplete policy.

 

Example of Calculating Semester Grade Point Average Which Includes a Course Incomplete

Suppose Jane completed a semester with the following grades where she received a notation of I (incomplete) for her Math 104 class

Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Point Equivalent Quality Points
English 201 3 B+ 3.3 3.3 x 3 = 9.9
Math 104 (3) I   NA
Biology 103 4 A 4.0 4.0 x 4 = 16.0
Sociology 101 3 B- 2.7 2.7 x 3 = 8.1
Philosophy 203 3 A- 3.7 3.7 x 3 = 11.1
Total 13     45.1

The temporary semester GPA for Jane would then be:

(Sum of Quality Points) ÷ (Sum of Earned Credit Hours) = 45.1 ÷ 13 = 3.47

 

Later, Jane's instructor changed the notation of incomplete in Math 104 to a final grade of B.

Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Point Equivalent Quality Points
English 201 3 B+ 3.3 3.3 x 3 = 9.9
Math 104 3 B 3.0 3.0 x 3 = 9.0
Biology 103 4 A 4.0 4.0 x 4 = 16.0
Sociology 101 3 B- 2.7 2.7 x 3 = 8.1
Philosophy 203 3 A- 3.7 3.7 x 3 = 11.1
Total 16     54.1

The updated semester GPA for Jane would now be:

(Sum of Quality Points) ÷ (Sum of Earned Credit Hours) = 54.1 ÷ 16 = 3.38

 

Calculating Cumulative Grade Point Average

The calculation of overall cumulative grade point average is much like calculating semester grade point average. Basically, the calculation is the sum of quality points divided by the sum of total earned credits. There are however exceptions to these rules:

 

Repeating a Course

You may repeat any course in which you receive a final grade of F. If you receive a D or higher grade on the subsequent attempt, the latter grade will be counted in your cumulative GPA calculation. The original F grade will remain in your permanent record and in your semester GPA calculation but it is no longer counted in your cumulative GPA calculation.

You may repeat only once any course in which you receive a final grade of D, D-, or D+. If you receive a final grade of C- or higher on the subsequent attempt, the latter grade will be counted in your cumulative GPA calculation. The original D, D-, or D+ grade will remain in your permanent record and in your semester GPA calculation but it is no longer counted in your cumulative GPA calculation. If on the subsequent attempt you receive a final grade of D+, D, D- or F, both grades will remain in your permanent record and your semester GPA but only the higher of the two grades will be used for your cumulative GPA calculation.

If you repeat a course in which you received a final grade of F and earn a D+, D, or D- on the subsequent attempt, you may not repeat the course again and you might be unable to complete your degree or certificate program if the course requires a final grade of C- or higher to satisfy the program or certificate.

If you register to repeat a course in which you received a final grade of D+, D, or D- and receive state financial aid, you may not count the credits of the course towards full-time eligibility status.