Grade Point Averages
It is important for you to understand how grade point averages are computed so you can monitor your own progress toward graduation. It is necessary to have a 2.0 cumulative grade average in order to receive your degree. While you are in school it is important to keep the cumulative GPA at 2.0 to stay in good academic standing and avoid academic probation.
Effective with the Fall 2004 semester, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey is adopting a plus/minus grading scale for all undergraduate and graduate coursework. The previous letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F are expanding to A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F.
Information presented on these pages will help you learn how to calculate your own GPA.
If you are trying to improve your GPA and want to calculate how to get to the new GPA, you can consult our web-based calculator.
HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR GPA
1. Note the number of credit hours each class is worth, and how many graded CREDIT hours you are taking. Here's a sample schedule:
|Course||Number of Credits|
|GEN 1120||4 credits|
|MATH 2215||5 credits|
|CHEM 2110||4 credits|
|CHEM 2115||1 credits|
|PHIL 1101||4 credits|
|total credits = 18|
2. When you earn a letter grade for each course, the letter grade is translated into GRADE Points.
|Grade||Grade Points||Grade||Grade Points|
Multiply the number of credit hours for each class completed (GPA hours) by the grade points earned for each class. These weighted grade points are called QUALITY POINTS.
Here's how our sample student did:
|Course||Grade Received And Points Earned||Credits X Grade Points = Quality Points|
|Gen 1120 = 4 credits||A - =3.7 points||4 credits X 3.7 points = 14.8 quality points|
|Math 2215 = 5 credits||C+ =2.30 points||5 credits X 2.30 points = 11.5 quality points|
|Chem 2110 = 4 credits||F= 0 points||4 credits X 0 points = 0 quality points|
|Chem 2115 = 1 credit||B = 3 points||1 credit X 3 points = 3 quality points|
|Phil 1101 (W), no credit||**no grade, 0 points||W, not computed in GPA|
** Your GPA is computed based on your total number of graded semester hours, or "quality hours." Since you have not earned a grade in courses in which you take a withdrawal or an incomplete, these hours are not computed in your GPA.
The total number of quality hours (credits completed) = 4 + 5 + 4 + 1 = 14 Quality
The total number of quality points in this example: = 14.8 + 11.5 + 0 + 3= 29.3 Quality Points
The semester GPA is calculated by dividing the quality points by the quality hours. In our example:
29.3/14 = 2.09 is the semester GPA
Remember: Total Quality Points
Total Quality Hours = GPA
GPA CALCULATORS (calculators will open in a pop-up window)
You can use this calculator to determine your anticipated GPA for the current semester.