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How does repeating a class affect your grade point average (GPA)?

At ESU, if you get a low grade in a class and subsequently retake that class, the grade that you received the last time that you took the class, is the grade that is used in calculating your grade point average for graduation.

For example, you take MA 110 (College Algebra) and get an F, but the next semester you retake MA 110 and get a B, then the 3 hours of B will be used to calculate your GPA at ESU. However, the 3 hours of F that you got the first time that you took MA 110 stays on your transcript. It never goes away.

Professional or graduate schools often calculate GPA using all of your grades. For example, the application service for medical schools and physician assistant schools requires you to list ALL grades earned in ALL courses and they will then recalculate your GPA to include the 3 hours of F from the first time that you took MA 110. Students are often surprised to learn that as far as medical or other professional schools are concerned their application GPA may be quite a bit below what they thought their GPA was. This can adversely affect being accepted into these programs.


How to calculate your grade point average.

Use the chart below to calculate your grade point average. Only courses in which you received a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, or F are used in calculating your GPA. Grades of S, U, P, V, NC, and AW are ignored.

 

column 1

 

column 2

Number of hours of A

__________

x 4.0 =

_________

Number of hours of A-

__________

x 3.7 =

_________

Number of hours of B+

__________

x 3.3 =

_________

Number of hours of B

__________

x 3.0 =

_________

Number of hours of B-

__________

x 2.7 =

_________

Number of hours of C+

__________

x 2.3 =

_________

Number of hours of C

__________

x 2.0 =

_________

Number of hours of D

__________

x 1.0 =

_________

Number of hours of F

__________

x 0.0 =

_________

Add the total number of hours from column 1 and then add the total number grade points from column 2. Divide the total from column 2 by the total from column 1 to get your grade point average.

For example, suppose that you earned an A in MA 110 (3 hours), a B in GB 140 (3 hours), an A in GB 141 (1 hour), a C in EG 101 (3 hours), a B in CH 123 (3 hours), a C in CH 124 (2 hours), and an F in PE 103 (1 hour).

 

column 1

 

column 2

Number of hours of A

_____4____

x 4 =

___16____

Number of hours of B

_____6____

x 3 =

___18____

Number of hours of C

_____5____

x 2 =

___10____

Number of hours of D

__________

x 1 =

_________

Number of hours of F

_____1____

x 0 =

____0____

The total for column 1 is 16 hours. The total for column 2 is 44 grade points. Your GPA for these courses is 44 divided by 16, which equals 2.75.