Definitions of Grading Terms
Grade Point Average (GPA)
The GPA is the ratio of the number of grade points earned to the number of graded credits. The GPA at UB is the ratio of the number of grade points earned at UB to the number of graded credits at UB. Only letter grades of “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” and “F” are utilized in determining GPA. GPA is also referred to as QPA (quality point average).
The overall GPA is the ratio of the number of grade points earned at all institutions (UB and transfer) to the number of graded credits at all institutions. The student’s HUB Academic Advisement Report includes the overall average. Reports can be accessed on the HUB Student Center via MyUB at http://myub.buffalo.edu.
Grade Points Earned
The number of grade points earned is the sum of the products of the credit hours associated with courses taken and the numerical equivalents of the grades earned for those courses.
Graded credits are the total number of credits for which the student has earned a letter grade.