Quality Points

Each grade is assigned a numerical equivalent (see the Catalogue under "grade point average"). This numerical equivalent is used to determine how many "quality points" you receive for each course. You will need the quality point figure to determine your GPA. The numerical equivalents are as follows:

A+       =          4.3

A         =          4.0

A-        =          3.7

B+       =          3.3

B          =          3.0

B-        =          2.7

C+       =          2.3

C         =          2.0

C-        =          1.7

D+       =          1.3

D         =          1.0

D-        =          0.7

F          =          0

U         =          0

To find out how many quality points you have earned for each course, multiply

the number of semester hours the course bears

times

= The result is called the "quality points" for that course/grade.

EXAMPLE:

For example, let's imagine a student who took MATH 111, 4 semester hours, and earned a B+. To find out how many quality points this student earned, take 4 (number of semester hours) times 3.3 (numerical equivalent for B+). The result, 13.2, is the number of quality points for that course.

For your semester grade point average, figure out the number of quality points by the method above for each course and add them. Divide this sum of quality points for the semester by the number of semester hours of courses in which you received the grades A-F or U. Do not add in semester hours for courses in which you received a grade of S or P (though you will have to add them in if you made a U or an F).

EXAMPLE:

For example, let us assume that a student (we will call this student Pat. Example) had grades and quality points for a semester as follows:

MATH 111*                4 sem. hours     B+                   13.2 quality points

FREN 101*                 4 sem. hours     A                     16.0 quality points

WLLS 101*                 3 sem. hours     B                      9.0 quality points

WLLS 111                    1 sem. hour    S

ART 117*                    3 sem. hours     B-                    8.1 quality points

PE 100                         1 sem. hour      S

PE 180*                       0.5 sem. hrs.     U                     0 quality points

The total number of quality points is 46.3.

The total number of semester hours that Pat Example took is 16.5, but to figure the GPA you divide the total number of quality points only by the number of semester hours in which Pat received grades of A-F or U. For this semester, these courses are the ones with an asterisk *. These are courses in which Pat received grades in the A and B range, but also a PE course, which normally would not be added into this total, but is for this case, since Pat earned a grade of U. The total number of semester hours for these courses is 14.5.

Divide the total quality points, 46.3, by the total number of semester hours that are relevant, 14.5. The result is 3.193, Pat's grade point average for the semester, not Pat's "cumulative" grade point average (unless, of course, it is Pat's first semester, which it is).

If you have completed more than one semester at Wells, you must divide the total number of quality points you have earned by the total number of relevant semester hours, for all the semesters you have been at Wells or affiliated programs.

EXAMPLE:

Let's assume that the grades you worked with above are for Pat Example's first semester at Wells. Let's assume that Pat made the following grades for the second semester.

MATH 112*                4 sem. hours     C                     8 quality points

FREN 102*                 4 sem. hours     A-                    14.8 quality points

BIOL 126L*                 4 sem. hours     B                      12.0 quality points

SOC 158*                   3 sem. hours     C+                   6.9 quality points

MUS 150                     1 sem. hour      S

Pat's total number of quality points for the second semester is 41.7. Dividing this sum by the relevant semester hour total, 15, gives a semester grade point average of 2.780.

For her cumulative grade point average, you must take total number of quality points from the beginning, 46.3 + 41.7 = 88.0   and divide by the total number of relevant semester hours   from the beginning, 14.5 + 15 = 29.5.

The result is Pat's cumulative grade point average, 2.983.

After Pat's third semester, and each subsequent semester, there will be a new total of quality points and semester hours to divide to arrive at Pat's current cumulative GPA.

This page (How to Calculate Your GPA) is maintained by Diane Koester, Associate Dean for Academic and Learning Resources and Director of Academic Advising, who is solely responsible for its content. Please see our Statement of Responsibility. Last updated August 9, 2010.