Grades, Grade Replacement, GPA

How is my grade point average (GPA) calculated? How can I figure out what grades I need to get to bring up my 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.

My roommate said they were going to GRO a course. What is that?

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.

I didn't do very well my first semester. Can I take classes at Pima Community College or another community college to raise my GPA?

No, the grades from courses you take at other institutions do not affect your UA grade point average. The units will transfer to the UA as long as you earn at least a "C" in the course and it is transferable credit. The grades, however, will not transfer. It's very important that you see an advisor before taking a class at another institution. You may need to provide a course description for pre-transfer approval.

I'm not doing very well in my classes this semester. What will happen if I get low grades?

If your cumulative GPA is below a 2.00 (that's a C average), you will be put on academic warning. You need to meet with your 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 on academic warning risk the possibility of becoming academically ineligible.

What is disqualification?

Students in the College of Humanities with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 may be placed on academic ineligible standing if they fail to get at least a 2.0 semester GPA after being put on academic warning. If you complete 24 transferable units at a community college with a GPA of at least 3.0 over at least two regular semesters, you may be considered for readmission (but it is not guaranteed). Academic ineligibility means that you are no longer able to enroll in classes at UArizona. 

My friend and I both got a 3.5 GPA last semester. She was on the Dean's List but I wasn't; I got Honorable Mention. What's the difference?

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

I received a C in one of my classes, but I believe I deserve a B, what can I do?

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.