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Credits, Grade Points & Grade Point Average (GPA)

The Registrar’s Office at BCC maintains a record of each student’s courses and grades. This academic history, or transcript, provides the following information:

  • Attempted credits or hours (Hrs. Att.):  The credit value of courses registered for or attempted.
  • Completed credits or hours (Hrs. Cpt.): The credit value of courses successfully completed or earned.
  • Grade Points:  the grade point value for each grade multiplied by the credit hours of the course.
  • GPA: the grade point average for one semester; this is equal to the grade points divided by the attempted credit hours in the courses in which a grade of A, B, C, D, F or WF is received (including “plus” or “minus” grades—for example, A-, B+).

Example: Semester Grade Point Average (GPA)

Course

Grade

=

Grade Points

X

Credit  Hours

=

Points

ENG 101

A

=

4.000

X

3

=

12.000

BIO 101

D

=

1.000

X

4

=

4.000

MAT 101

C

=

2.000

X

1

=

2.000

MAT 115

B

=

3.000

X

1

=

3.000

HIS 113

B

=

3.000

X

3

=

9.000

PHL 101

F

=

0.000

X

3

=

0.000

 

 

 

 

 

15

=

30.000

In the example above, the student registered for, or attempted, 15 credit hours of courses. Since the student received a failing grade of F in PHL 101 (a 3-credit course), he/she successfully completed, or earned, only 12 of the 15 credits attempted. However, the F does count in calculating the grade point average (GPA). Therefore, the divisor equals 15.

The example shows the calculation of the grade points for each course and the total (30.000) for the semester. The student’s grade point average, or GPA, is calculated by dividing the total points (30.000) by the divisor (15). As a result, this student’s semester GPA equals 2.000.

The student’s transcript displays this information for each semester, as well as a cumulative total, which is arrived at by calculating all the semesters together. The cumulative grade point average is the total of all grade points for every course on the transcript divided by the total divisor.