## Learn UMass Lowell's Point System

To determine your grade point average (GPA) and academic standing, UMass Lowell uses a point system in which each letter grade has a numerical value. The letter grades and their numerical values are as follows.

A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D F
4 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.0

### Formula for calculating the GPA

Your GPA is obtained by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of quality hours (for example: 45 quality points divided by 15 quality hours equals a grade point average of 3.0).

### Quality Points

Quality points are determined by multiplying the number of course credits by the numerical value of the assigned grade. For example, a three-credit course completed with a grade of B- would carry 8.1 quality points (three credits multiplied by a 2.7 numerical grade equals 8.1 quality points for that course).

### Quality Hours

Quality hours are the number of credit hours that have been assigned a letter grade even if the grade is F. Courses where the "grade" is W do not count toward quality hours.

## Examples

Grade Numerical Value Multiplied by Number of Credits Equals # of Quality Points
A- (3.7) 3 11.1
C+ (2.3) 4 9.2
A (4.0) 3 12.0
B (3.0) 3 9.0
C (2.0) 1 2.0
Totals Credits: 14 Quality Points: 43.3

GPA = Quality Points divided by Number of Credits, so 43.3 divided by 14 = 3.093