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Grade Point Average (GPA) Types


All GPA types listed below are reflected in the student’s academic record.  

Term GPA:

The term GPA is the sum of all quality points earned for KSU courses from divided by the number of all KSU hours attempted in a specific term/semester (except those hours with grades of CR, I, IH, P, NC, NR, NH or W, and KSU hours repeated for which the retake policy or academic fresh start and academic forgiveness policy was subsequently invoked). The resulting quotient is the term GPA.

Overall Cumulative GPA: 

The overall cumulative GPA is the sum of all quality points earned at KSU divided by the number of all KSU hours attempted (except those hours with grades of CR, I, IH, P, NC, NR, NH or W, and KSU hours repeated for which the retake policy or academic fresh start and academic forgiveness policy was subsequently invoked. The resulting quotient is the overall cumulative GPA.

Grade Point Averaging and Deficits

The term average refers to the grade point average (GPA) for work completed in the current or most recent academic program attended at Kansas State University. Grades received at other institutions are NOT averaged with grades received at K-State for the purpose of meeting the university/institutional cumulative GPA requirements. Other agencies and honorary societies will compute averages in accordance with their own standards and policies.

Averages are determined by computing the ratio of grade points to semester credits attempted. For the grade point average computation formula, please refer to the example below.

Calculating the Grade Point Average

Grade Point Averages (GPA) are calculated by dividing the total number of Grade Points by the number of Credit Hours enrolled.  Each grade has a specific number of points assigned to it:

A:     4.00
B:     3.00
C:     2.00
D:     1.00
F:     0.00

To determine the grade points earned per class, first multiply the points by the number of credit hours.

Example: if you earned a “C” in ENGL 251 (a 3 credit hour course), then you multiply 2 points times 3 credit hours to get 6-grade points.

To determine the total grade points earned per semester, determine the points for each class and add them together for the total grade points that semester.

Example:  If you enrolled in 13 credit hours (three 3-hour courses and one 4-hour course), and earned a “B”, a “C”, an “A” in the 3-hour courses, and a “D” in the 4-hour course this is how you would calculate your total grade points: 

A = 4 points * 3 credit hours = 12 grade points

B = 3 points * 3 credit hours = 9 grade points

C = 2 points * 3 credit hours = 6 grade points

D = 1 point * 4 credit hours = 4 grade points

Total:  13 credit hours = 31 grade points

To determine your grade point average, divide the total grade points by the total credit hours under consideration.  From the example above: Divide 31-grade points by the 13 credit hours to equal 2.38 GPA.

Special Notes:

Grades of CR (Credit Awarded ), I (Incomplete), IH (Incomplete Hold), P (Pass), NC (No Credit Awarded), NH (Non-Reported Hold), NR (No Grade Reported), or W (Withdrawn) do not impact your GPA. Do not include the credit hours for these courses in your credit hour total for calculating GPA.

A grade of F and XF is equal to 0.00 points.

* Unresolved Incomplete grades automatically will be changed to ‘F’ per the Incomplete Grade Policy via processes run within the Office of the Registrar.