In this tutorial, we’ll look at how the GPA Calculator can be used.
There are three different GPA calculation options:
The Graduation Calculator
The Term Calculator The Advice Calculator
Keep in mind that GPA calculator results are only estimates and are not guaranteed to be correct. When in doubt, you should always check with your advisor!
Let’s begin by clicking the “GPA CALC” tab. Now we’re on the Graduation Calculator form.
This tool enables students to determine the average GPA they need to earn on future courses in order to graduate with a desired GPA.
The student’s Overall GPA is displayed automatically, and the student can simply enter their Desired GPA.
But to obtain the Credits Remaining and Credits Required numbers, we need to look at the Degree Audit, and then do a couple of simple calculations. So let’s click the Worksheet tab to check the Degree Audit.
In the top of the degree block, we see that the degree being sought has 60 credits required.
We also see that there are 37 credits applied toward this degree. However, 6 of those credits are In Progress, and In Progress credits cannot be counted when figuring out how many credits are still remaining. 29 is the “Credits Remaining.”
Click on GPA Calc tab, and enter the Credits Required and Credits Remaining. Then enter the desired graduation GPA.
Then click Calculate.
In some cases, as shown here, a message may display that tells the student that to achieve the desired GPA, she would need to average higher than a 4.0 on all remaining credits, which is not possible.
So let’s try a different desired GPA.
I’ll enter 3.0 and click “Calculate.” Now we see that the student would need to average 3.22—all B’s—in all remaining 29 credits in order to graduate with her desired GPA.
Now let’s look at the TERM Calculator. This enables a student to estimate their Term GPA based on the projected grades for the classes that they are currently taking.
Degree Works says that the total number of earned credits so far is 41.
“Credits Earned so far” means the number of credits being applied to your Overall GPA at your college. This may vary from college to college. This number may include courses that you completed but which are not applied to your degree.
On this form, the courses and credits that are In Progress automatically populate the form. The student can also can also add in other classes planned for the current term.
Students can enter the grades they think will be earned for the In Progress courses, or other courses they plan to add for the term.
In this case, the student has two In Progress courses. Let’s say she thinks she will get an A (4.0) in one. The other is more challenging but she thinks she can get a B (3.0). Click “Calculate.”
The Term Calculator displays a message that tells the student that with her estimated grades for the current term, her GPA by the end of the term will be 2.88.
Now if she recalculates with two A’s, she sees that she could bring up her GPA to 2.94–close to her desired GPA of 3.0.
Next, let’s look at the ADVICE Calculator. This tool provides a student with different “paths” that they can potentially take to earn a desired GPA.
Let’s imagine that a student hears about a scholarship that she would like to apply for. The scholarship requires a 3.25 average. The student has just begun her studies and has completed one semester, earning 15 credits. She has a 3.0 GPA. She wants to see how quickly she might be able to bring her GPA up to 3.25. She enters her Desired GPA and clicks “Calculate.”
The results show that if she can earn 5 more credits at 4.0, or 9 more credits at 3.7, she should be able to achieve her goal of a 3.25 GPA.