Academic Information & Guidelines

Calculating GPA

Hillsdale uses the standard “4.0” grading system:

GradePoints
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
D- 0.7
F 0.0

Use the GPA calculator to calculate your existing GPA (cumulative and within major). Use the Reverse GPA calculator to determine what grades you must earn this semester in order to achieve your desired cumulative GPA.

The formula for computing GPA for a given semester is as follows:

Honor Points ÷ Semester Hours = Semester Grade-Point Average

The formula for computing accumulative GPA is as follows:

Total Honor Points ÷ Total Hours Attempted = Accumulative GPA

Honor Points are calculated by multiplying the credit hours for a given course by the grade in that course (on a 4.0 scale). Example: A “B” in a 4-credit hour class = 12 Honor Points (3.0 × 4 = 12.0).

The following computation can be done to figure out the GPA needed in the current or upcoming semester to achieve a desired cumulative GPA:

Cumulative Credit Hours Attempted + Credit Hours to be Completed = Total Credit Hours After Completion of Current or Upcoming Semester.

Total Credit Hours (including current semester) × Desired Cumulative GPA = Total Honor Points Necessary to Earn Desired GPA

Total Honor Points Necessary to Earn Desired GPA - Current Cumulative Honor Points = Honor Points Necessary in Current or Upcoming Semester to Achieve Desired GPA

Honor Points Necessary ÷ Credit Hours Currently Enrolled In (to be completed) = Semester GPA Needed to Achieve Desired Cumulative GPA