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 may 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 student’s grades for courses taken at CSU.

GPA is calculated in the following method: 

  • 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).
  • Add up the total number of credits and the total number of quality points
  • Divide the total quality points by the total credits to calculate GPA.

Grade Received GPA Chart

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Grade ReceivedGrade Points Per Credit
A+4.000
A4.000
A-3.667
B+3.334
B3.000
B-2.667
C+2.334
C2.000
C-1.667**
D+1.334**
D1.000
D-0.667
I*
F0.000
RD (Repeat Delete)@
W (Withdrawal)*
S (Satisfactory)
H (Honors)
U (Unsatisfactory)?
AU (Audit)*
NG (No Grade Reported)*
NGC (Non-gradable Component)

@ Repeat Delete: First Grade does not count towards your GPA.
* Credits not used to compute GPA and not counted towards graduation.
** The C-, D+ and D- are not valid grading options for CSU courses as of the Fall 2008 term (Faculty Council: 1/31/2008)
Credits not used to compute GPA but counted towards graduation.
? Credits not used to compute GPA and not counted towards graduation. Performance equivalent to a grade of F is recorded as a U (Unsatisfactory).
Component of a multiple component course which does not receive a grade or credit separate from the credit and grade bearing component of the course.