# How to calculate cumulative GPA from multiple colleges?

How do I calculate my cumulative GPA from multiple colleges? I have gone to two California Community Colleges and have a cumulative GPA of 2.15 in one, and 3.08 in the other. The application for a CSU (Cal State University) asks for the cumulative total GPA from both schools.

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You don’t calculate your GPA this way. They are completely separate entities. State them separately.

When you graduate, the only GPA that is of interest is that of the GPA from where you graduated. The others don’t matter.

You need to total the GPA’s from each course you have taken then divide by the number of courses. Don’t add together the total from each college because you didn’t take the same number of courses from each college (I assume)

Take the weighted average:

[Sum of ] (Credits * Grade Point) / (Total Credits Attempted)

Where sum is the total you add up for every credit*grade point from every single class you took in your college career with some exceptions (see below)

Where Grade points are A=4, B=3, etc. On a +/- system you need to adjust such that A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, etc.

In total credits attempted you would not include "W" grades since those had no weight in the formula; Do include F’s however (hopefully you got none of those!)

So let’s say you took only 2 courses in your life, both being 3 credits and you earned an A in one and a D in the other:

[(3*4) + (3*1)] / 6 = 2.5

Also, you wouldn’t include any remedial-type courses that you may have taken at a CC. Common examples are introductory algebra classes or basic writing courses due to a low placement test score.

It’s easiest to do this in a spreadsheet so you can keep track of the numbers easily and not make any errors nor have to do the actual calculations more than once — it’s easy to screw up somewhere on a calculator with so many entries.

Mark S. is wrong. I just got off the phone with a community college in MN, they told me that my cumulative GPA from both school must be at least a 2.0 or higher to transfer. In order to calculate this, you take the total number of credits earned at the first school and multiply it by your cumulative GPA from that same school. Then you do the same for the other school. Add the two scores together and then divide them by total earned credits from both schools and that should give you your cumulative GPA for both schools. With a 2.15 and 3.08 GPAs from both schools you should be in the clear if there are any restrictions in transferring.

Please don’t listen to Mark.

Here is the easiest way in my opinion.

Step 1: Log into you student login.

Step 2: Go to the tab or location where you look at your student records/ most schools are around the same location as where you see your grades.

Step 3: Select Academic Transcript

Step 4: Go to the part where is says TRANSCRIPT TOTALS.

(This should have three parts

a) Total Institution

b) Total Transfer

c) Overall

Step 4: If you know your gpa of each school

example

Texas U – 3.0 GPA

New York State U – 2.0 GPA

You take Earned hours (should be where it shows transcript totals)

Texas U – 50 earned hours

New York State U – 20 earned hours

and multiply by GPA of that school to get quality points

So

Texas U – (3 x 50 = 150)

New York State U – (2 x 20 = 40)

Add these quality points together

(150 + 40 = 190)

Get total earned hours of all schools added

(50 + 20 = 70)

and divide by total passed hours of all schools.

(190 / 70 = 2.71)

2.71 is your cumulative GPA for both schools.

Hope this helps.

Thanks so much Joe!