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California State University, Long Beach

Understanding & Calculating Your GPA

Each letter grade has a specific numeric value assigned to it EXCEPT for Withdrawal (W), Withdrawal for Extenuating Circumstances (WE), Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) or Audit (AU), which have no numeric value and are not calculated in a student's GPA. CSULB courses numbered below 100 are also not included in the GPA calculation.

A student's total grade points are calculated by multiplying the number of units by the number of grade points associated with each grade assigned.

Consider the following example for a 3-unit course:


Grade

Numeric Value

Units

Total Grade Points
(Multiply Units by Grade Points)

A

4

3

12

B

3

3

9

C

2

3

6

D

1

3

3

F/U

0

3

0

The student's GPA is determined by dividing the total number of units attempted into the total number of grade points awarded.

Thus, if a student takes four 3-unit courses and receives 3 B's and 1 C, then the student's GPA is as follows: