Calculating the Grade Point Average (GPA)

[Note: Kennesaw State University uses "grades," "quality points'' and "hours attempted" to calculate a student's GPA]

Students must know the following prior to calculating a GPA:

  • Grades: Grades used to calculate a student's GPA are As, Bs, Cs, Ds, Fs, and WFs (this is a "withdrawal failing" grade). [Does not include "S," "U," "W" (withdrawal), or "V" (audit) grades]
  • Quality Points: Quality points are values given to each grade that is earned at KSU. Each letter grade is worth the following:

A = 4 quality points
B = 3 quality points
C = 2 quality points
D = 1 quality point
F = 0 quality points
WF = 0 quality points

  • Hours Attempted: Hours of classes a student has completed and earned a grade of A,B,C,D,F, or WF at KSU
    [Does not include: Learning Support Classes (i.e. English 0099, Math 0097 or 0098, Reading 0099), Regents' Classes (i.e. Reading 0020 or English 0020), or any class that a student receives an "S," "U," "W," or "V" grade.]
  • The Formula: Quality points divided by hours attempted = the GPA

This Formula can be used to compute all GPAs at KSU. Kennesaw State University computes the following grade point averages for each student:

    • Term GPA - This calculation includes only the grades and quality points a student earns in one term at KSU.
    • Cumulative GPA - This calculation includes ALL grades and quality points a student has earned at KSU.
    • Adjusted GPA (AGPA) - This calculation is used when a student repeats a course. If a student makes a "D", "F", or "WF" in a course at KSU and retakes that same course at KSU and makes a "C" or higher, only the higher grade is computed in the adjusted GPA. Both grades are used in the student's cumulative GPA. (This rule only applies to undergraduate students.)




EXAMPLE
(How to calculate a Term GPA)
(Term GPA-This includes only the grades and quality points earned in one term at KSU.)
Sue made these grades this term:


ART 1101

= B (3 credit hours)

MATH 1101

= A (3 credit hours)

POLS 1101

= C (3 credit hours)

To calculate Sue's Term GPA:
Step 1: Multiply credit hours by quality points for grade received:

ART 1101

"B"  3 hours (x) 3 quality points =  9 quality points

MATH 1101

"A"  3 hours (x) 4 quality points = 12 quality points

POLS 1101

"C"  3 hours (x) 2 quality points =  6 quality points

(Remember: Quality points are awarded as follows:)
A = 4 quality points
B = 3 quality points
C = 2 quality points
D = 1 quality point
F = 0 quality points
WF = 0 quality points

 

Step 2: Add quality points: 9 + 12 + 6 = 27 quality points

Step 3: Add hours: 3 + 3 + 3 = 9 hours attempted

Step 4: Now use the formula* to determine GPA: [*Formula: Divide quality points by hours attempted = GPA]
27 (quality points) divided by 9 (hours attempted) = 3.00 Term GPA
(grade point average/GPA for the term)

WORKSHEET

To calculate Term GPA:
Class Schedule for current term (Note: Qpts = Quality points)
Course Name: _________ hours: _______ (x) Qpts. For grade: _____ = ____ Qpts.
Course Name: _________ hours: _______ (x) Qpts. For grade: _____ = ____ Qpts.
Course Name: _________ hours: _______ (x) Qpts. For grade: _____ = ____ Qpts.
Course Name: _________ hours: _______ (x) Qpts. For grade: _____ = ____ Qpts.
Course Name: _________ hours: _______ (x) Qpts. For grade: _____ = ____ Qpts.
Total Hours: _______ ____ Total Qpts.
Use Formula: Divide total quality points by total hours to calculate term GPA
Total "quality points" _____ divided by total "hours"_____ = term GPA_____

To calculate a KSU Cumulative GPA:
(This calculation includes ALL grades and quality points a student has earned at KSU.)

(Note: In order to do this calculation, a student must know their "Previous Total Quality Points" and their "Previous Total Hours" earned at KSU. This information can be obtained from the transcript.)

Step 1:
Add "Previous Total Quality Points" __________ + (plus) "Term Quality Points (from term above) __________ = (equals) Total Cumulative Quality Points __________*

Step 2:
Add "Previous Total GPA Hours" __________ + (plus) "Term Hours (from term above) __________= (equals) Total Cumulative Hours __________*

Final Step:
Use Formula: Divide Total Cumulative Quality Points by Total Cumulative Hours to calculate Cumulative GPA
Total quality points*(From above)______divided by total hours**(From above)________=
Cumulative GPA _______

ADJUSTED GPA
Adjusted GPA (AGPA) - This calculation is used when a student repeats a course. If a student makes a "D," "F," or "WF" in a course at KSU and retakes that same course at KSU and makes a "C" or higher, only the higher grade is computed in the Adjusted GPA; whereas, both grades would be used in the student's Cumulative GPA.
The difficult part about this calculation is a student must adjust for any hours or quality points that may have already been earned. Therefore, calculate the Cumulative GPA first and then adjust for the repeated class. Remember that the grade of "D" carries 1 quality point per hour of class.
Below are two examples that might help a student in trying to determine their Adjusted GPA at KSU. The first example shows a student with a POLS 1101 class grade of "F" when taken for the first time and a "B" when repeated. The second example shows a student with a POLS 1101 class grade of "D" when taken for the first time and a "B" when repeated.

EXAMPLE #1: (with first grade of "F" and the repeat grade being a "B")
Sue made these grades during her first term at KSU:
MATH 1101 = A 3 hours (x) 4 quality points (for A) = 12
POLS 1101 = F 3 hours (x) 0 quality point (for F) = 0
Total Hours = 6 Total quality points = 12
Use the formula: Quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
12 (quality points) divided by 6 (hours attempted) = 2.00 GPA for the Term (term grade point average)

Sue made these grades during her next term at KSU:
ENGL 1101 = C 3 hours (x) 2 quality points (for C) = 6
POLS 1101 = B 3 hours (x) 3 quality point (for B) = 9
Total Hours = 6 Total quality points =15

Use the formula: Quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
15 (quality points) divided by 6 (hours attempted) = 2.50 GPA for the Term (term grade point average)

First, determine the Cumulative GPA:
Add quality points from both terms
12 + 15 = 27

Add hours from both terms:
6 + 6 = 12
Use the formula: Total quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
27 (total quality points) divided by 12 (total quality points) = 2.25 (total hours) (Cumulative GPA)

(Note: Both POLS 1101 classes are used in this calculation.)

Next, recalculate for the Adjusted GPA:
Add quality points from both terms
12 + 15 = 27

Add hours from both terms:
3 + 6 = 9

(Note: when a student adds thier hours for both terms, only count the hours for POLS 1101 with grade of "B" as 3 hours. Do not include the 3 hours for the other POLS 1101 "F" grade.)
Use the formula: Total quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
27 (total quality points) divided by 9 (total hours) = 3.00 (Adjusted GPA)

(Note: Only one POLS 1101 class was used in this calculation - the one with the higher grade of "B".)


From this example, a student can see the advantage of repeating classes and making a higher grade.

EXAMPLE #2: (with first grade of "D" and the repeat grade being a "B")
Sue made these grades during her first term at KSU:
MATH 1101 = A 3 hours (x) 4 quality points (for A) = 12
POLS 1101 = D 3 hours (x) 1 quality point (for D) = 3
Total Hours = 6 Total quality points = 15
Use the formula: Quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
15 (quality points) divided by 6 (hours attempted) = 2.50 GPA for the Term (term grade point average)

Sue made these grades during her next term at KSU:
ENGL 1101 = C 3 hours (x) 2 quality points (for C) = 6
POLS 1101 = B 3 hours (x) 3 quality point (for B) = 9
Total Hours = 6 Total quality points =15

Use the formula: Quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
15 (quality points) divided by 6 (hours attempted) = 2.50 GPA for the Term (term grade point average)

First, determine the Cumulative GPA:
Add quality points from both terms
15 + 15 = 30

Add hours from both terms:
6 + 6 = 12
Use the formula: Total quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
27 (total quality points) divided by 12 (total quality points) = 2.50 (total hours) (Cumulative GPA)

(Note: Both POLS 1101 classes are used in this calculation.)

Next, recalculate for the Adjusted GPA:
Add quality points from both terms
12 + 15 = 27
(Note: when a student adds their quality points for both terms, a student will only count the quality points for the POLS 1101 "B" grade. Do not include the quality points for the other POLS 1101 "D" grade.)

Add hours from both terms:
3 + 6 = 9

(Note: when a student adds their hours for both terms, a student will only count the hours for POLS 1101 with the "B" grade as 3 hours. Do not include the 3 hours from the other POLS 1101 "D" grade.)
Use the formula: Total quality points divided by hours attempted = GPA
27 (total quality points) divided by 9 (total hours) = 3.00 (Adjusted GPA)

(Note: Only one POLS 1101 class was used in this calculation - the one with the higher grade of "B".)


Once again, from this example, a student can see the advantage of repeating classes and making a higher grade.
The adjusted GPA can be used for acceptance into various programs at KSU, for being admitted into certain academic societies, and for graduating with honors