## 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.

AA-B+BB-C+CC-D+DF
43.73.33.02.72.32.01.71.31.00.0

### 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

GradeNumerical ValueMultiplied by Number of CreditsEquals # of Quality Points
A-(3.7)311.1
C+(2.3)49.2
A(4.0)312.0
B(3.0)39.0
C(2.0)12.0
TotalsCredits: 14Quality Points: 43.3

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