A cumulative GPA is the average GPA of *all* coursework you have attempted.
Your GPA, both term and cumulative, may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.

Grade points may vary by institution, but generally follow:
A= 4.0, B= 3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0, and F/withdraw=0.0

A grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted.

To calculate the grade points for a class multiply the number of credit hours by the grade earned—for example, earning an A (4.0) in a 3 credit course results in 12 grade points. Since this is a single class, finding the average by dividing by credit hours (3), just brings you back to a 4.0 for the GPA.

Repeat this process for each class you took in a term and then add up the total grade points earned and divide by the total credits attempted. This is your term GPA.

For example, if your grades were A, B, C, B and all were 3 credit courses, your GPA calculation looks like this:

  • Figure out the grade points for each class
    • Starting with an A (4.0) in a 3 credit course results in 12 grade points (3 x 4.0= 12.0)
    • The B (3.0) results in 9 grade points (3 x 3.0= 9.0)
    • The C (2.0) is worth 6 grade points (3 x 2.0= 6.0)
    • Another B means 9 more grade points
  • Adding these up (12 + 9 + 6 + 9) means you earned 36 grade points for the term
  • Divide this by the total of attempted  credits (12) for the term… 36/12 = 3.0 GPA

To find your cumulative GPA, you can add all the grade points you have earned and divide by the total number of credits you have attempted. You can also look on your transcripts for the “Cum. GPA” (usually at the bottom) to find your cumulative grade point average.