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GPA Calculation

Washington College uses a four-point scale to calculate a student’s grade point average (GPA). The factors contributing to a student’s GPA are the letter grades earned and the amount of academic credit each course carries.

In actual terms, a student’s GPA represents the ratio of Quality Points earned divided by Quality Points possible. This ratio is then multiplied by four to put it on the standard four-point scale. Washington College’s GPA scale is:

A+ 4.00   C 2.00
A 4.00   C- 1.67
A- 3.67   D+ 1.33
B+ 3.33   D 1.00
B 3.00   D- 0.67
B- 2.67   F 0.00
C+ 2.33    

Students will earn a “term GPA” for each semester that they are enrolled at the College. The term GPA does not change even if a course is later repeated. It represents the historical record of a student’s graded coursework during a given semester. The term GPA is used to calculate a student’s academic standing each semester, including his or her eligibility for the Dean’s List.

The aggregate of a student’s entire graded coursework, as seen on the academic transcript, combines to form the “cumulative GPA.” Students must earn at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA in courses taken at the College in order to graduate, as well as a 2.00 cumulative GPA in all courses presented to fulfill major requirements.

All students may obtain their grade point averages from WebAdvisor or by requesting and viewing their official transcript. They may share this information with anyone they choose. 

The Registrar’s Office uses a student’s cumulative GPA and current class year to determine his or her class rank. More information about class rank is available on this page.

Option 1: Use the Automated GPA Calculator

This calculator is intended for a close approximation of actual GPA.

Grade Point Average Calculator

To answer the questions below, you must first supply the following information:

  • Enter your current cumulative GPA:
  • Enter your total number of GPA Credits completed to date*:
    * Your GPA Credits do not include hours for courses in which you are currently enrolled or that you have transferred to WC. If you have failed any courses, DO include the number of credit hours attempted for that course. If you have repeated any courses, only count the associated credit hours for the most recent attempt at the course.


How will the grades that I anticipate receiving in the courses I am now taking affect my cumulative GPA at the end of this term?

Enter the credit hours and expected grades below for up to six courses that you are presently taking; press “Calculate GPA” to find your new predicted cumulative GPA.

Course 1: Credit Hours Anticipated grade:
Course 2: Credit Hours Anticipated grade:
Course 3: Credit Hours Anticipated grade:
Course 4: Credit Hours Anticipated grade:
Course 5: Credit Hours Anticipated grade:
Course 6: Credit Hours Anticipated grade:
My new predicted cumulative GPA would be:

What will it take and how many credit hours will I need to raise my cumulative GPA to a new specified level?

I would like to raise my cumulative GPA to .

If I can maintain a average from hereon (e.g. 3.5, 2.5,….), how many additional credit hours will it take to raise my my cumulative GPA to this new level?



What grade point average do I need to achieve this term to raise my cumulative GPA to a new specified level?

I am currently taking credit hours.

If I want to raise my cumulative GPA to at the end of this term (e.g. 3.5, 2.5,….), what will I have to average on my current courses to reach this goal?

Option 2: Determine Grade Point Averages Manually

First, pick those classes you wish to include in your calculation (for example select all of your major courses to calculate major GPA, or all courses taken at Washington College to include any failed courses but only the latest instance of each repeated course to calculate cumulative GPA).

Second, multiply the credit amount for each course by the equivalent quality points of the letter grade.

A+ 4.00 C 2.00
A 4.00 C- 1.67
A- 3.67 D+ 1.33
B+ 3.33 D 1.00
B 3.00 D- 0.67
B- 2.67 F 0.00
C+ 2.33

(If you repeated a course, count only the credit hours and grade from the second attempt.)

Third, total these amounts. This number is your total Quality Points earned.

Fourth, find the sum of all the credit amounts for each course you included in the calculation above. This number is know as the GPA credits. Multiply this number by 4.00 to determine the total Quality Points possible (i.e. the number of Quality Points you could have earned if you had achieved an “A” in each course).

Fifth, determine the ratio of Quality Points earned to Quality Points possible by dividing the first number (step 3 above) by the second number (step 4 above). This will be a number between zero and one.

Finally, multiply this number times 4.0 to put the ratio on a four-point scale.

Example:
You took 16 credits in a semester. Each course was worth 4 credits apiece. You earned the following grades:

Course 1: B-
Course 2: A
Course 3: C+
Course 4: C

Your total Quality Points earned for this semester are (4 x 2.67) + (4 x 4) + (4 x 2.33) + (4 x 2) = 44.

Your total Quality Points possible (if you had earned an “A” in all four courses) are (4 x 4) x 4 = 64.

Your ratio of QP earned to QP possible is 44/64 = 0.6875. 

Multiply this ratio by 4.0 = semester GPA of 2.75