GPA Calculation

Points Assigned to Compute the Grade Point Average (GPA) for semester and cumulative GPAs:

A = 4.0
A- = 3.7
B+ = 3.3
B = 3.0
B- = 2.7
C+ = 2.3
C = 2.0
C- = 1.7
D = 1.0
F = 0.0

Divide the sum of points by the sum of credit values for courses that were assigned points.

Half-credit courses are weighted as one half of a course. This figures in the computation of the GPA in two ways:

  1. A grade of A in a half-credit course is worth 2 points, a B is worth 1.5 points, and so on;
  2. If a student took five 1.0 credit courses and one 0.5 credit course and earned all Bs for the 1.0 credit courses and an A in the 0.5 credit course, the calculation would be:
    1. 3+3+3+3+3+2 = 17 points divided by 5.5 credits (not 6) for a semester GPA of 3.090

Please note: Courses earning a grade of CR (credit), courses without credit, e.g. some repeated courses, and courses taken at other institutions are not counted in the GPA.

GPA in the Major/Minor

Bowdoin does not calculate an official GPA within the major or minor. If you need this figure, use the same point assignments as those used for your semester and cumulative GPAs, but only assign points to courses that count toward the major/minor. Divide this sum by the number of courses assigned points, e.g. those counting towards the major/minor.

To compute a GPA for grades earned under the old "H" grade policy, use the following guide:

HH = 4.0 (the equivalent of an A)
H = 3.0 (the equivalent of a B)
P = 2.0 (the equivalent of a C)