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2020 College GPA Calculator

July 16, 2020

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Determining your GPA from your course grades is easy with our college GPA calculator. Tracking your GPA throughout the course of a year can be an invaluable tool to keep you focused and goal-oriented. Below we provide the tools and resources to help you reach your target GPA and succeed no matter where you are in your educational journey.

GPA Calculator

Semester 1

Your Semester GPA is 4.00

Your Overall GPA is 4

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Frequently asked questions about your GPA

What is the best way to improve my GPA?

There are a number of steps you can take to improve your GPA over time. Try focusing on preparing a comprehensive plan and staying goal-oriented throughout the process. A few easy tips to keep in mind while working to improve your GPA:

  • Speak with your instructors
  • Create a plan to stay organized
  • Improve your note-taking skills
  • Ask for mentorship from high GPA peers
  • Join a study group
  • Use previous tests to study

Read more: 15 Strategies to Improve your GPA

How do you calculate weighted GPA?

Before you are able to calculate your weighted GPA, you’ll need to find out what scale your school uses for calculating GPA, and how much each grade is worth for each course level.

Unfortunately, not all schools use the same rating scale for a weighted GPA. For example, some schools begin their scale at 5.0 for all honors, advanced placement (AP) and international baccalaureate (IB) courses, while other schools begin their scale at 5.0 for only college-level courses and 4.5 for honors-level and advanced courses that are not college-level courses.

Once you have your school’s rating scale, calculating your weighted GPA is easy. Simply add the total scale numbers associated with each class grade and divide by the total number of classes.

Read more: Guide to Calculating Weighted GPA

How do I calculate my high school GPA?

There are two types of GPA calculations that may be relevant while you’re in high school:

  1. Unweighted GPA
  2. Weighted GPA

Your unweighted GPA is based on a 4.0 scale and simply takes into account your class grade and your total number of classes. The GPA calculator above can be used to calculate your unweighted GPA. Alternatively, you can use the formula and table below:

GPA = Sum of credits for all courses / Total number of courses

GPA Grade Scale Conversion Chart

Letter Grade GPA Percentage
A+ 4.0 97-100%
A 4.0 93-96%
A- 3.7 90-92%
B+ 3.3 87-89%
B 3.0 83-86%
B- 2.7 80-82%
C+ 2.3 77-79%
C 2.0 73-76%
C- 1.7 70-72%
D+ 1.3 67-69%
D 1.0 63-66%
D- 0.7 60-62%
F 0 0-59%

To calculate your weighted GPA, follow the steps in the previous question where we outline the process in full.

Read more: How to Calculate your High School GPA

How do I calculate my grades?

Calculating your grades is easy using the formula below:

Class grade as a percentage = (points earned ÷ points possible) × 100

Example grade calculation

A student has taken 3 tests thus far in a semester and received scores of 83/100, 72/100, and 94/100. Their grade calculation is as follows:

Points Earned
83 + 72 + 94 = 249
Points Possible
100 + 100 + 100 = 300
Grade Calculation
(249/300) x 100 = 83% or B

Note: Refer to the table above (Grade Conversion Chart) for questions on converting your grade to GPA.

Are Pass / No Pass courses factored into a GPA calculation?

Pass / No Pass courses are not typically part of a GPA calculation. Refer to your institution’s guidelines for more information on P/NP courses and how they affect your academic record.

What is cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude and what are the requirements for these distinctions?

Cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude are honors colleges and universities use to recognize students for their academic achievements. Earning these honors is typically an indication that a student has excelled in their coursework and stood out from their peers. While many institutions will differ in how they measure these distinctions, generally the requirements are as follows:

  • Cum Laude: Student graduated in the top 30% of their graduating class
  • Magna Cum Laude: Student graduated in the top 10-15% of their graduating class
  • Summa Cum Laude: Student graduated in the top 1-5% of their graduating class

Read more: Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude Explained

Should You Include Your GPA on Your Resume?

While including your GPA on your resume is not required, there are some situations where it can be appropriate. These include:

  • If you are applying for jobs while still in school.
  • If you have a high GPA. Typically above 3.5.

Read more: Guide to Including a GPA on Your Resume

How do I list honors on my resume?

The best place to include any honors you’ve achieved while in school on your resume would be under your education section. Simply add directly beneath your college or university or after your degree.

Read more: Guide to Listing Honors on Your Resume

What is the best way to list my education on my resume?

While there are many ways to format the education section of your resume, be sure to include the following elements:

  • The name of your school
  • Location of your school
  • The degree you obtained (if applicable)
  • Your field of study
  • Graduation year (if applicable)
  • Your GPA (Note: You may not want to include this if it’s not above 3.4)
  • Any relevant honors, coursework, activities or other academic achievements

Read more: How to List Education on a Resume

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How to use our GPA Calculator

Indeed’s GPA calculator is a simple tool that allows you to find your GPA in 4 easy steps:

  1. List your course name
  2. Select your letter grade
  3. Enter your course credits
  4. See your GPA calculation

List your course name

While this is not a required field, listing an associated course name with your letter grade and course credits will help you stay organized while calculating your GPA.

Select your letter grade from the dropdown menu

Choose your current letter grade or experiment with variations of expected grades to hit your target GPA. If you don’t know your current grade, try simply asking your instructor or calculate your grade on your own based on your previous graded work.

Our calculator uses a traditional A+ - F grading system based on a 4.0 scale. The table below outlines grade points associated with each letter grade used to calculate your GPA.

Letter Grade GPA Percentage
A+ 4.0 97-100%
A 4.0 93-96%
A- 3.7 90-92%
B+ 3.3 87-89%
B 3.0 83-86%
B- 2.7 80-82%
C+ 2.3 77-79%
C 2.0 73-76%
C- 1.7 70-72%
D+ 1.3 67-69%
D 1.0 63-66%
D- 0.7 60-62%
F 0 0-59%

Add Your Class Credits

Add your credits associated with the course you are inputting. If you don’t know your course’s associated credits check your course schedule documentation or ask your instructor.

While there is no academic industry standard for course credits, it is commonly accepted that one credit hour is equivalent to one hour spent in class per week. Therefore, if a class meets three hours each week, which is the case for most undergraduate student courses, it will be worth three credits per semester.

Calculate Your GPA

Your calculated GPA will automatically display on-page.

Keep learning:
How to Calculate Your GPA: A Deep Dive
Summa Cum Laude GPA Explained
Magna Cum Laude vs. Summa Cum Laude

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