Calculating Grade Point Average (GPA)

 Letter Grade  Quality Points (numeric value)
 A+ = 4.000
 A = 4.000
 A- = 3.700
 B+ = 3.300
 B = 3.000
 B- = 2.700
 C+ = 2.300
 C = 2.000
 C- = 1.700
 D+ = 1.300
 D = 1.000
 D- = 0.700
 F = 0.000

• Incomplete (I), Passing (P), and No Credit (NC), Research in Progress (RP), course withdrawal (W) grades and credits are not calculated in Cumulative GPA.

TOTAL QUALITY POINTS / TOTAL GPA CREDITS = GPA
GPA is based on courses completed and grades earned at Russell Sage College. Russell Sage College grade point averages are calculated to the third decimal place.

Example

A student enrolled in 16 credits with one “A-,” two “B grades,” one “C+,” and one “D+” would have a grade point average of 2.860.

3 credit course x A- grade (3.700 quality pts) = 11.100
3 credit course x B grade (3.000 quality pts) = 9.000
4 credit course x B grade (3.000 quality pts) = 12.000
3 credit course x C+ grade (2.300 quality pts) = 6.900
3 credit course x D+ grade (1.300 quality pts) = 3.900
= 16 Total GPA Credits   = 42.900 Total Quality Points
  Total Quality Points / Total GPA Credits
(42.900/16.00 = 2.680)
2.860 GPA
Cumulative GPA, Major GPA, and Minor GPA

Note: some programs require higher grade point averages (GPA). For more information, see specific program pages in Catalog (degree pages) and Progress information in Student Planning.

Required for Graduation:

  • Cumulative GPA: 2.000 or higher is required (minimum).
  • GPA in Major: 2.200 or higher (minimum) is required for all courses required in major, including required support courses.
  • GPA in Minor: 2.200 or higher (minimum) is required for all courses required in minor, including required support courses.