How to use Cumulative GPA Calculator
Add Your Current GPA and CreditsAt the beginning, you can optionally enter your current GPA and the total number of credit hours earned before.
Add Course Name and Your Letter GradeNext, enter the course name (optional) and select letter grade from the dropdown list. You can add and edit any number of courses for each semester.
Add Your Course CreditsThen enter the current value of earned credit hours for each course. Try to be accurate, because the credits of each course affect the final calculation. Typically, in college or high school the number of credits is 3 or 4.
See the Result of Your Cumulative GPAAfter you have completed all the fields, our calculator will immediately show your cumulative GPA. Now you can download this calculation as a pdf document or image.
Why Cumulative GPA is important
Grades are an essential part of our education. Whether in letters or numbers, they are used to define the quality of our knowledge about a certain topic. William Farish, a tutor from England, is the person who invented grades . He wanted to process his students quicker, so he came up with the idea of grades for defining their knowledge. Today, because of him, we have a well-established grading system that can calculate how well we’ve done in a course, semester or a year.
GPA is, what we call, a “Grade Point Average.” All of those grades that we get in courses have to be summed up and give a total numerical average, showing how we’ve done in a term. This is where the Cumulative GPA steps in. As the name says, it’s a cumulative of all grades, their average, in other words. Cumulative GPA is the sum of all our grades divided by the sum of all of their credit hours. You have to be careful because some courses can have a lower or a higher number of credit hours, which means an A in a 2 credit hour course will not be the same as an A in a 4 credit hour course. If the Cumulative GPA is the difference of all our grades and credit hours in one term, then an Overall GPA shows the average of all Cumulative GPAs throughout our educational period.