How to Calculate GPA

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of hours attempted.  Courses for which a grade of S, W, Q, or NG was given are excluded from the GPA calculation. Grades of U are included in the GPA calculation for undergraduate students; grades of U are excluded from the GPA calculation for graduate students.

NOTE: Official GPA calculations for graduate students must be done by the Office of Graduate Studies since only those courses listed on the graduate degree plan are included in the official GPA.

Each letter grade carries the following grade point value per credit hour:
Letter Grade Grade Points
A 4.00
B 3.00
C 2.00
D 1.00
F 0.00
U 0.00

Examples - Term GPA

The following example illustrates how to calculate a Grade Point Average (GPA) for an undergraduate student when the student's registration includes a course for which the grade of S was earned.
Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Points
HIST 106 3 C 6
ENGL 104 3 B 9
PSYC 107 3 D 3
CHEM 101 4 C 8
KINE 199 (1)* S *
Total: 13   26

Dividing 26 grade points by 13 ATTEMPTED hours yields a GPA of 2.000.

* - The one hour of credit earned for KINE 199 is not used in calculating the GPA. That hour will, however, be included in the student's PASSED hours for the semester.
The same student's GPA calculation would differ if he/she had earned a grade of U in KINE 199.
Course Credit Hours Grade Grade Points
HIST 106 3 C 6
ENGL 104 3 B 9
PSYC 107 3 D 3
CHEM 101 4 C 8
KINE 199 1 U** 0
Total: 14   26
  • Dividing 26 grade points by 14 ATTEMPTED hours yields a GPA of 1.857.
  • Because the GPA is now below 2.0, the student is considered scholastically deficient and may be placed on scholastic probation or blocked from further registration by his/her academic dean.
    • Students should contact their academic dean's office for details on their college's probation policy.

**A grade of U affects the Grade Point Average in the same manner as a grade of F for undergraduate students. Attempted hours for which the student earned a grade of U are included in the GPA calculation; no grade points are earned, and the student does not receive credit for the course.

Cumulative GPA

To calculate a cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average for all course work completed at Texas A&M University, you must divide the total GRADE POINTS earned for all semesters enrolled by the total number of ATTEMPTED hours for all semesters enrolled.

***Do not add the semester GPAs for each term then divide by the number of terms.***