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How to Calculate a Specific GPA

Find out how to calculate a specific GPA (grade point average).

Facts about GPAs:

  • Your cumulative GPA automatically appears on your academic history.
  • If you repeat a class, only your cumulative GPA will be adjusted to reflect the repeated class.
  • To calculate a specific GPA (e.g., your major or minor GPA), follow the steps below.

1. Identify the classes to include in your calculation.

  1. Review your academic history.
  2. Note the classes you want to include to figure out a specific GPA, e.g., a GPA for your minor or major.
  3. Set your calculator to allow 3 digits past the decimal point, with no rounding of results.

Read the Academic Senate policy on grades and grade points.

2. Assign points to each grade for the included classes.

  1. Refer to the following chart:

    A+ = 4.0

    A = 4.0

    A– = 3.7

    B+ = 3.3

    B = 3.0

    B– = 2.7

    C+ = 2.3

    C = 2.0

    C– = 1.7

    D = 1.0

    F = 0

  2. For each class, multiply the grade points by the number of units.

Graduate students: Assign points only to grades for classes you've taken while in graduate standing.

3. Calculate your GPA.

  1. Add the grade points you identified in Step 1b above.
  2. Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of units.
  3. The result is your GPA.

If you have questions, please contact the appropriate resource: