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## 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 = 4.0 A- = 3.7 B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7 C+ = 2.3 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7 D+ = 1.3 D = 1.0 F = 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.

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