Grading in education is a process of applying standardized measurements of achievement in a course.

At CSU, grades can be a traditional letter scale (A-F). Some faculty use the +/- system while others do not. Grades can also be S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) or AU (Audit). All grades are averaged to create a grade point average for the semester (term GPA).

A Cumulative Grade Point Average is a calculation of the average of all of a student’s grades for courses taken at CSU.

GPA is calculated in the following method:

  1. Calculate total quality points by using the chart below. Multiply the quality points for a grade by the number of credits (courses taken at CSU).
  2. Add up the total number of credits and the total number of quality points.
  3. Divide the total quality points by the total credits to calculate GPA.

Grade Received GPA Chart