Grades, Grade Replacement, GPA

Each letter grade is worth grade points: A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, E = 0. For each course you have taken, multiply the number of units (credits) for each course by the number of points for the grade you received. For example:

Course Units Grade Units x Grade = Grade Points
ENGL 101 3 A (2) 3 x 4 = 12
MATH 110 4 C (2) 4 x 2 = 8
SPAN 102  4 B (3) 4 x 3 = 12
PAH 200 3 B (1) 3 x 3 = 9
total: 14   41 Grade Points

Now, divide the number of grade points by the number of units to get your semester GPA. 41 divided by 14 = 2.93 GPA.

In addition to the above, the Advising Resource Center has several helpful GPA calculators.

GRO stands for Grade Replacement Opportunity. If you earn a C, D or E in a course, you can GRO the class if you desired. Register for the identical course a second time. File a GRO form at the Registrar's Office by the deadline. The first grade is taken out of your grade point average. It will, however, stay on your transcript. The grade you earn in the class the second time will be the grade calculated into your GPA, even if the grade is lower. Please be aware that you must GRO a course before you have completed 60 units at the UA. You can GRO for up to 3 classes.

The grades from courses you take at other institutions do not affect your UArizona grade point average. The units will transfer to the UArizona as long as you earn at least a "C" in the course and it is transferable credit. The grades, however, will not transfer.

We recommend accessing the Transfer Credit Guide on the Transfer Credit & Articulation website to verify how courses from other institution transfer to UArizona. Please consult with your academic advisor if you have any questions about this process.

If your cumulative GPA is below a 2.00 (that's a C average), you will be placed on Academic Warning status. You will be contacted to meet with your academic advisor to discuss your academic progress. Determining the reasons why you were not successful academically will be important in making the necessary changes to improve your GPA. 

Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation standing if they fail to get at least a 2.0 semester GPA after being put on Academic Warning. If a 2.00 cumulative GPA is not reached at the end of the semester on Academic Probation, a status of Ineligible will be assigned. Academic ineligibility means that you are no longer able to enroll in classes at UArizona. 

Students who are made ineligible but complete 24 transferable units at a community college with a GPA of at least 3.0 over at least two regular semesters may be considered for readmission on a case-by-case basis. Also, students may be eligible for Second Start after an absence of at least three years. We encourage students in any of the above statuses to work closely with their academic advisor to support their success and discuss available options.

Congratulations to both of you on your good grades! Your friend apparently completed more units than you did. The General Catalog explains this under Academic Policies, Academic Honors & Awards. Honors are bestowed as recognition of outstanding academic achievement and as a means to further encourage sound scholarship. Three categories are awarded every semester based on units completed for credit and letter.

  • Dean's List with Distinction is based on 15 units and a 4.000 grade-point average
  • Dean's List is based on 15 units and a grade-point average of 3.500-3.999
  • Honorable Mention is based on 12 units of 3.500 and above grade-point average

Students may submit a grade appeal if they believe there has been an issue of fundamental unfairness between the instructor and student. For details on this process, please click here.