Determinations of scholastic standing are generally based upon a cumulative academic grade point average (GPA), which appears on each student's permanent record. This average is computed by multiplying the credit hours assigned a course by the grade points earned. The sum of grade points divided by the total number of credit hours attempted at Georgia Perimeter College produces the cumulative academic grade point average. Credits earned in Learning Support and ESL courses, credits earned at other institutions, credit by examination and other courses where symbols such as "S" or "K" are assigned are not used in calculating the cumulative academic GPA. However, these credits are used to determine Financial Aid and HOPE eligibility.
How to calculate term GPA
Use the following steps to calculate a term GPA:
- Multiply the number of credit hours for the course by the number of grade points for the corresponding letter grade to get the number of quality points for the course.
(Credit hours × Grade Points = Quality Points)
Repeat this for each course in the term.
WF (Withdrawal Fail) 0.0
Note: Courses with any other letter grade (W, V, etc.) or grades followed by % (Learning Support, ESL, Regents' Prep), $ (Transfer Credit), and # (Academic Renewal) are not used in the GPA calculation.
- Total the credit hours for each course used in the GPA calculation.
- Total the quality points for each course used in the GPA calculation.
- Divide the total quality points by the total credit hours to obtain the GPA.
(Term Quality Points ÷ Term Credit Hours = Term GPA)
EXAMPLECourse Letter Grade Credit Hours Grade Points Term Quality Points
ENGL 1101 B 3 × 3 = 9
MATH 0098 C% 0 × 0 = 0 (not used)
PSYC 1501 C 3 × 2 = 6
COMM 1201 A 3 × 4 = 12
PHED 1063 W 0 × 0 = 0 (not used)
Totals 9 27
GPA 27 ÷ 9 = 3.00
How to calculate cumulative GPA
To calculate a cumulative GPA, divide the total number of quality points earned by the total number of credit hours using the guidelines in item #1 above.
(Total Quality Points ÷ Total Credit Hours = Cumulative GPA)