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Grade Point Average (GPA)

At the end of each semester and summer session a grade point average is calculated for each student for the current term and for the student’s entire career. The current GPA is based exclusively on the courses in which the student is enrolled for that specific term, while the cumulative GPA is based on all courses the student has completed at Fayetteville State University. The GPA is based on the following formula:

GPA = Total Quality Points / Total GPA Hours

Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credits earned. Specifically, "Total Quality Points" are computed by multiplying the grade by the number of credit hours earned (GPA hours) for each course and then adding the quality points. "Credit Hours Earned (GPA Hours)" refers to the credit hours for courses in which a student earned a final letter grade of A, B, C, D, or F. Withdrawals from the university and incompletes do not affect a student’s GPA hours; however, courses with a grade of F and/or FN are calculated into the GPA. Letter grades are assigned the following grade point values:


The following example demonstrates the calculation of the GPA.

Course Grade Credit Hours GPA Hours Quality Points
ENGL 110 B (3) 3 3 3 X 3 = 9
UNIV 101 C (2) 1 1 2 X 1 = 2
MATH 131 A (4) 3 3 4 X 3 = 12
HEED 112 B (3) 2 2 3 X 2 = 6
NSCI 110 B (3) 4 4 3 X 4 = 12
PHIL 110 F (0) 3 3 0 X 3 = 0
Totals 16 41
GPA:  41 / 16 = 2.56

A student’s career or cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of course credit hours earned (GPA hours) in all of the semesters of the student’s enrollment at Fayetteville State University.


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