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Handbook - Grade Point Average

The grade point average of a student’s work is the ratio of the grade points to the number of credits attempted.

Grade
A
AB
B
BC
C
CD
D
F
Grade Point Per Semester Hour
4.0
3.5
3.0
2.5
2.0
1.5
1.0
0

The number of grade points received for a course is the number of credits for the course times the grade points assigned to that grade. For example, a C received in a 4-credit course would be calculated as 8 grade points: 4 (credits) x 2.0(grade points per semester hour) = 8 grade points.

Similarly, a BC in a 3-credit course would be 7.5 grade points: 3 (credits) x 2.5 (grade points per semester hour) = 7.5 grade points.

The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of credits attempted. The semester GPA is based on the grade points for the semester divided by the number of credits attempted that semester. The cumulative GPA is based on the total number of grade points earned at Viterbo and the total number of credits attempted.

  • Grades of Credit (CR)/No Credit (NC), Incomplete (I), Audit (AU) and Withdrawal (W) are not included in the GPA calculation.
  • Credits transferred from another school are not included in the GPA calculations.
  • Repeat of an F results in no change in the divisor, as long as the course being repeated has the same credit value as the previous course, but increases the grade points according to the new grade earned (repeating an F and getting a significantly higher grade is probably the best way for a student to raise the GPA any significant degree especially if the student is early in his or her college career).
  • Repeat of a D, CD, or C results in no change in the divisor (since credits were already earned). The amount the grade point changed is the difference between that earned for the first grade, and that earned for the first grade and that corresponding to the new grade.
  • In repeating courses the new grade replaces the old grade in calculating a GPA. At times, the second grade a student receives has been lower than the student's first grade in the course.
  • The cumulative GPA is used to determine probationary status; the semester GPA is used to determine the Deans' List.