GPA formula:   Total Quality Points (QP) ÷ Total GPA hours = GPA

Step 1:  Figure out your total quality points
You earn quality points, also known as grade points, based on your final grade in each course. Points are determined by Rockhurst's grading system (found in the University Catalog):

 A 4 C 2.00 A- 3.67 C- 1.67 B+ 3.33 D+ 1.33 B 3 D 1.00 B- 2.67 F 0.00 C+ 2.33

Multiply quality points by credit hours to determine total quality points (QP).

Example: Your final grade in TH 1000 is a B-. Multiply 2.67 (from the chart above) by 3 (number of credit hours for TH 1000). 2.67 x 3 = 8.01. You've earned 8.01 quality points for your B- in TH 1000. Repeat this for all your classes and add up the quality points to get your total quality points for the semester.

Sample:

Course Final Grade QP x Credit Hours = Total QP
TH 1000  B- 2.67 x 3 = 8.01
EN 1100 B 3.00 x 3 = 9.00
HS 1100 C 2.00 x 3 = 6.00
MT 1190  C- 1.67 x 3 = 5.01
FS 1100 A 4.00 x 1 = 4.00
13   32.02

Step 2:  Figure your term GPA by applying the GPA formula (QP ÷ credit hours = GPA) 32.02 ÷ 13 = 2.46.

Step 3:  Use running totals of quality points and credit hours to determine your cumulative GPA.

Practice: Using information from the sample above, figure out the cumulative GPA after adding a 15-hour semester with a B average.

QP Credit Hours
Semester 1  32.02     13
Semester 2 +_____ +  15
_____ ÷  28 = _____ Cumulative GPA

If the semester ended at midterm, what GPA would you have?

Totals: _________ =  _________

Total QP   ÷   Total Hours   =   GPA
GPA Formula:   ________  ÷   ________   =  ______

Problem #2 - Set a GPA goal
Use your current GPA (quality points and hours) to figure out a realistic GPA goal for your next semester. What will you need for the term in order to meet your overall GPA goal? HINT: Access your transcript on Rockweb to find your earned credit hours and quality points.

QP   GPA Hours GPA
Current Totals  _____   _____ _____
Projected Goals  _____   _____ _____ (semester goal)
_____ ÷  _____  _____ (desired overall goal)

Recommendations:

• Keep track of your GPA and hours.
• Know your requirements for financial aid/scholarships. See a financial aid counselor.
• Set GPA goals (both term and cumulative GPA). Use campus resources to meet them.

Other things to remember: