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Calculating Grade Point Average
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There are three types of GPAs: term, enrollment, and cumulative. The term GPA is calculated using only the courses taken in a specific term. The enrollment GPA is calculated using all Relay courses that apply to a student’s program of study. The cumulative GPA is calculated using all Relay courses irrespective of program of study. All GPAs are calculated as a weighted average of credits earned and GPA grade value, which is a numerical equivalent to a letter grade. GPAs are reported to the nearest hundredth with appropriate rounding (e.g., 2.699 would be reported as 2.70). To calculate a GPA, students need to know the course grade and the course credits. Table 21 outlines the grade point equivalents for Relay.

 

         Table 21

GPA Grade Value

Letter Grade

Percentage Range

4

A+

100%

97%

4

A

<97%

93%

3.7

A-

<93%

90%

3.3

B+

<90%

87%

3

B

<87%

83%

2.7

B-

<83%

80%

2.3

C+

<80%

77%

2

C

<77%

73%

1.7

C-

<73%

70%

0

F

<70%

0%

N/A

Pass

100%

80%

N/A

Fail

<80%

0%

 

The following grades for courses are not included in a student’s term or cumulative GPA: Pass, Fail, Incomplete (INC), Withdrawn (W), Repeat (R), Transfer (TR), Complete, CPL (Credit for Prior Learning; equivalent to a B- or higher). Student’s term and cumulative GPAs are calculated automatically at the end of each term and are shared with students in their end-of-term Student Academic Progress (SAP) emails. Students can view their unofficial transcript by accessing the My Academics section of their My Relay Portal at any time in order to verify their cumulative GPA or past term GPAs. 

 

Procedure for Calculating GPA

Students may also choose to complete the calculations themselves or with the assistance of Relay’s GPA predictor tool. To calculate a GPA, students must first multiply the number of course credits for each course by the grade point values associated with the grade received in that course. Then students must add all those totals together and divide that sum by the total number of course credits. For term GPA, students must average all regularly graded courses in that term. For enrollment GPA, students must use all courses taken over the course of a program of study. For cumulative GPA, students must use all courses taken at Relay. Students may also choose to complete a weighted average of their term GPAs (average of term GPAs weighted by number of credits taken in the term) to determine their cumulative GPA. Students can view their unofficial transcript by accessing the My Academics section of their My Relay Portal. Students may request an unofficial transcript at any time in order to verify their cumulative GPA or past term GPAs. 

 

Below please find a sample calculation of a spring term GPA, also depicted in Table 22:

  • Courses Taken in the Spring Term: 

    • Course-101, 3 credits, Grade: A (4.0)

    • Course-102, 2 credits, Grade: B (3.0)

    • Course-103, 1 credit, Grade: B- (2.7)

  • How to Calculate the Spring Term GPA: 

    • ((Course-101 Credits * Course-101 Grade) + (Course-102 Credits * Course-102 Grade) + (Course-103 Credits * Course-103 Grade)) / (Course-101 Credits + Course-102 Credits + Course-103 Credits)

    • ((3*4)+(2*3)+(1*2.7)) / (3+2+1)

    • (12+6+2.7)/(6)

    • 20.7/6

    • Term GPA: 3.45

Table 22 shows an example of a term GPA.

 

Table 22

Course

Grade

Credits

Grade Points

Credits x Grade Points

#1

A

3

4

12

#2

B

2

3

6

#3

B-

1

2.7

2.7

Total

 

6

 

20.7

Term GPA

20.7/6 = 3.45

 

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