How do colleges calculate GPAs?

Discus: College Admissions: 2002 - 2003 Archive: March 2003 Archive: How do colleges calculate GPAs?
 By Ramirez7 (Ramirez7) on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 07:09 pm: Edit

I am applying to CSULA and I was considering how they calculate GPAs. If there are 2 GPAs in each grade level(9,10,11...), do they add up the sum of all total GPAs in the four grade levels and divide by 8(8 represents the total number of semesters)?

Freshmen GPA:
1st Semester: 3.16w
2nd Semester: 3.0w

Sophomore GPA:
1st Semester: 3.0w
2nd Semester: 2.5w

Junior GPA:
1st Semester: 3.3w
2nd Semester: 4.1w

Senior GPA:
1st Semester: 4.3w
2nd Semester: 4.3w

Conclusion:
3.16w
3.16w
3.0w
3.3w
4.1w
4.3w
+4.3w
-----
=27.82

27.82
----- Divide 27.82 to 8.
8

Final High School GPA =3.47w

Am I right??

 By Dyip10 (Dyip10) on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 09:27 pm: Edit

Actually it depends. If you take 6 classes one semester, and 8 classes the next semester, and 4 classes the one after that, you can't do it the way you did. You need to add up all your classes and divide by the number of the classes. Here's an example: 4+4+4+4+3+3+4+3+3+3+4+4= 43 divide by 12 = 3.58 GPA.

 By Vvvvv (Vvvvv) on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 - 11:38 pm: Edit

It is also important to note that some schools are not interested in ALL classes taken when determining GPA and they will calculate GPA from only the courses they deem to be important for admissions.