### Grade Point Average

Each letter grade (A through F/FN/FW) carries a certain number of grade points per credit. A grade of B, for example, is worth 3 grade points per credit, so that a student receiving a B in a 3-credit course would earn 9 grade points. The grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of GPA credits attempted. Only grades of A, B, C, D and F, FN and FW are included in the GPA calculation.

See the table below for a scale of grades and grade points.

 Grade Grade Points Assigned 1 cr 2 cr 3 cr 4 cr 5 cr A 4 8 12 16 20 B 3 6 9 12 15 C 2 4 6 8 10 D 1 2 3 4 5 F/FN/FW 0 0 0 0 0

How to calculate a GPA

Example: A student earns the following grades:

 A in a class for 3 credits = 12 grade points C in a class for 4 credits = 8 grade points F in a class for 3 credits = 0 grade points B in a class for 5 credits = 15 grade points

Grade points earned (35) divided by GPA credits attempted (15) = 2.33 GPA

GPA Calculator
The Normandale website features a program that allows students to predict their GPAs or to determine what grades they will need in order to earn a specific GPA in a term or cumulatively. Links to this calculator are available on the One Stop page, the Advising and Counseling website, and the Records Office website.

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