Understanding Your GPA

Understanding and Calculating Your GPA

It is important to learn how to calculate your grade point average (GPA) and why it can make or break your college application.

What is a GPA?

A grade point average (GPA) is a calculated average of the letter grades you earn in school following a 0 to 4.0 scale at Santa Rosa Junior College. Every semester, you’ll receive a GPA based on the grades you earned in all of your classes during that semester and your will also receive a current semester GPA which is the GPA based on your the current semester coursework.

Throughout college you will maintain a cumulative GPA, which is an ongoing average of all your semester grades beginning with freshman year.

When you apply to colleges, they’ll receive a copy of your transcript featuring your cumulative GPA. Colleges use this number to measure your overall performance in school and compare you to other prospective students.

What is a transcript?

Your transcript is an official copy of your permanent academic record. This includes all courses taken, grade in each course, dates of attendance, your major, type of degree awarded if your received one and your cumulative grade point average (GPA).

How to Calculate Your Grade Point Average (GPA)

The SRJC transcript does not calculate your transferable GPA.

  • Transferable Courses at SRJC:
    • 1-99 will transfer to the California State University
    • 1-47 will transfer to the University of California for admissions. However, you can only include 4 units of physical activity courses and although courses numbered 48 and 49 will be accepted by a UC after transfer, they will not be included in your overall transferable units or GPA.
  • A transferable course that you took for P/NP (or CR/NC) will not be calculated into the GPA.
  • If you have attended other colleges, meet with a SRJC Counselor to determine which classes transfer to a four-year university and should be included in the GPA calculation.
  • AP and IB credit is not included in the calculation of the GPA.
  • Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points earned by the total amount of attempted units with grades. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to 4.0. To calculate a CSU-transferable GPA, include courses that are CSU-transferable (ie. Accepted for Credit: CSU or Accepted for Credit: CSU & UC). To calculate a UC-transferable GPA, include courses that are UC-transferable. (ie. Accepted for Credit: CSU & UC).  Use a copy of your SRJC transcripts to guide your work.
  • P/NP (Pass/No Pass) or CR/NC (Credit/No Credit) courses are not factored in the calculation of your GPA.
  • I (Incompletes) and W (Withdrawals) do not receive grade points and are not factored in the calculation of your GPA.
  • R (Repeats) - When the course in which you received a substandard grade (D or F) is repeated, the second grade should be calculated in your GPA in lieu of the first grade.
  • This calculator is for informational purposes only; verify your GPA by checking your transcripts and seeing a counselor or visiting the Transfer Center.

CLICK HERE ] to open the Term-by-Term GPA Calculator developed by San Diego City College MESA Program