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Academic Information - Grade Point Average

Catalog and Student Handbook

The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted. Courses that do not generate grade points are not included in credits attempted. Developmental credits are not included in the GPA computation.

Course Repeat Policy:

When courses are repeated, only the last course grade attained is counted in the computation of the cumulative grade point average and for satisfying graduation requirements. However, all prior attempts will remain on the student’s permanent academic record. This policy applies only to courses taken and repeated since summer 1994, and also courses taken since Summer 1988 and repeated since Fall 1996. Implementation of this policy does not revise any GPA calculations for prior terms or any academic, financial, or administrative events that have occurred in the past. Questions about this policy should be directed to the Registrar.

Semester Grade Point Average:

The semester GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned in courses attempted for the semester by the total number of credits attempted (see Figure 1, How to Figure Grade Point Average).

Cumulative Grade Point Average:

The cumulative GPA, which includes all courses attempted, is computed each semester and is maintained on a continuing basis as a record of the student’s academic standing.

Curriculum Grade Point Average:

A curriculum GPA, which includes only those courses applicable to the student’s curriculum, is computed in order to ensure that the student satisfies the graduation requirement for that curriculum. When students repeat a course, only the last grade earned is counted in the computation of the curriculum GPA.