# How to calculate your college GPA

A college GPA is measured based on course performance on a scale of 0.0 to 4.0 and where you rank against your peers. If you are considering graduate school and beyond, your GPA will play a factor in whether or not you get accepted, as some schools have minimum GPA requirements to even apply.

It’s important to keep track of your current and cumulative GPA, and to do so you should understand how to calculate it.

## Classes and Credit Hours

College classes have what are called credit hours and this is what is used to determine your GPA. To help understand the math, here is a sample of a grade point scale:

This means that if you score an “A” in a class that is worth 3 credit hours, the math would look like:

If you have 4 classes that are worth 3 credit hours each, and you get straight A’s, you would have a total of 48-grade points. You would then divide the total of 48-grade points against the total credit hours attempted (in this case 12); 48/12 = 4.0. Your GPA in this example would be a 4.0.

To get your cumulative GPA, you would have to do this calculation for all classes taken throughout your college career and that can be a lot of work. If you don’t want to do all of that math manually, you can always look online for a GPA calculator online to help speed the process up.