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Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade point average is reported in two ways.

  • The Semester GPA is the calculation of all grades received in a single semester.
  • The Cumulative GPA is the calculation of all grades received while an undergraduate or a graduate student at the university.

If the student enrolled at more than one IU campus during an academic career, the cumulative GPA would reflect the student's Indiana University GPA, and not separate it by campus. Separate GPAs are calculated for undergraduate work and for graduate work, so if student pursued both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree at IU, the GPA's would be calculated separately and both appear on the transcript.

GPA Calculation

Only courses with grades of A+ through D- and F are used in calculating a Grade Point Average (GPA). P and S grades are passing grades in completed courses, but are not used in calculation of a GPA. Courses taken at other non-IU institutions are not used in calculating the IU GPA.

IUPUI students pursuing Purdue degrees offered by the Schools of Engineering and Technology, Science, and Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional & Tourism Management will have their GPA calculated following Purdue University grading policy. Courses taken at any IU or Purdue campus and included in the student's program of study will be used in calculating the final GPA at time of the degree. This "degree GPA" will only appear on the IU transcript upon completion of the degree.

In some cases, schools calculate a degree GPA which may vary slightly from the cumulative GPA as it appears in the summary portion of the transcript. This is due to differences in program requirements and is used most often in programs where students earn Purdue degrees. Check with your school recorder.