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Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00
Email: coe-info@engineering.ucsb.edu
Phone: (805) 893-2809

The following grades are used to report on the work of UCSB students:

 A Excellent B Good C Adequate D Barely passing F Not passing P Passed NP Not passed I Incomplete IP In progress W Withdrawal

The grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by plus (+) or minus (-) suffixes. Grade points for each unit are assigned by the registrar as follows:

 A+ = 4.0 A = 4.0 A- = 3.7 B+ = 3.3 B = 3.0 B- = 2.7 C+ = 2.3 C = 2.0 C- = 1.7 D+ = 1.3 D = 1.0 D- = 0.7 F, I, IP, P, NP & W = 0

Your Grade Point Average (GPA) is a way of measuring a student's overall performance in letter-graded classes. Watch this short video to review how to calcuate GPA.  Every letter grade is assigned a specific number of grade points per unit of coursework:

A+ 4.0
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0

The number of grade points assigned for any given class is determined by multiplying the number of GPA units by the number of grade points per unit based upon the grade received in the class.

For example, if a student receives a B- in a 4.0 unit class the grade points earned would be:

4.0 x 2.7 = 10.8

The student's GPA is then determined by adding up all of the grade points earned and dividing by the total number of GPA units.

Total Grade Points/Total GPA Units = GPA

For example:

CHEM 1A A 3.0 3.0 3.0 12.00
CHEM 1AL B+ 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.30
HIST 49 P 4.0 4.0 0.0 0.00
MATH 3A F 4.0 0.0 4.0 0.00
MATH 3H A 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.00
TOTAL 13.0 9.0 9.0 19.3

The Grade Point Average for the quarter above would be:

19.3/9 = 2.13

Please note that GPA units and the units completed are not always the same. Students do not receive units towards graduation in courses in which an "F" is received. Since these courses are included as part of the GPA, the units attempted in these courses are counted as part of the GPA Units. Take a look at MATH 3A in the example quarter above to see how an "F" affects the units completed and GPA units.

A GPA can be determined for any selection of classes. Four of the most common GPA's are:

1. Quarter GPA - includes all letter graded course work attempted during a given quarter.
2. Cumulative GPA - includes all letter graded course work attempted. A 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA is required for graduation.
3. Major GPA - includes all letter graded course work required or acceptable for the student's major. A 2.0 or higher major GPA is required for graduation.
4. Upper-Division Major GPA - includes all letter graded course work required or acceptable for use toward the student's upper division major requirements. A 2.0 or higher upper-division major GPA is required for graduation.

A grade point balance refers to the number of grade points above or below a target GPA. If the balance is negative, it is often referred to as a Grade Point Deficit.

The easiest way to determine your grade point balance is to use the instructions in the Grade Point Averages section to determine your Total GPA Units and Total Grade Points. Then use the following equation:

Total Grade Points - (Total GPA Units x Target GPA) = Grade Point Balance