Understanding GPA

At Binghamton University, like most institutions of higher education, your progress is tracked using a grade point average. GPA is calculated by assigning quality points to earned grades and combining them with your earned credit hours.

The advising office has assembled tools and information to guide you when considering your current or future GPA:

Common Questions and Concerns:

GPA Tools: The following tools will assist you in calculating your anticipated semester, or cumulative GPA. Each has a different function; and some may be downloaded for future use and reference. Disclaimer: these are in no way to be considered official representations of future or anticipated grades. If you have grade or GPA concerns, please see an advisor.

Click here to learn more about opening these files if you are not familiar opening documents.

  • Simple Anticipated Cumulative GPA Calculator:
    Excel Spreadsheet Format (.xls, 20kb) | Open Office Spreadsheet Format (.sxc, 8kb)

    If you want a quick and simple answer - call up your current status using BUSI, and fill in the basic QPA and hours fields to obtain your anticipated GPA. You can submit a number of potential GPA's to see how it will affect your cumulative GPA.  

    For a very simple semester only GPA calculator available written in JavaScript, click here. (Please be sure JavaScript is enabled on your browser. Learn how....)

  • Anticipated Cumulative GPA:
    Excel Spreadsheet Format (.xls, 20kb) | Open Office Spreadsheet Format (.sxc, 8kb)

    For this tool, you will need to know the status of your earned hours, and your anticipated course load. This tool allows you to consider more fully the impact future coursework, including courses taken using a pass/fail grading option, and HPEY courses. You can submit a number of potential GPA's to see how it will affect your cumulative GPA.

  • Target GPA / Good Standing Calculator:
    Excel Spreadsheet Format (.xls, 20kb) | Open Office Spreadsheet Format (.sxc, 12kb)

    "I want or need X GPA. How do I get there?" Use this spreadsheet to determine what you need to reach your GPA goals. Plug in your current GPA and credit hours, your goal, and your future credit hours to determine what you need to achieve. This is especially helpful for students attempting to determine good standing status.

Opening these files / About the calculators: If you have MS office or Open Office installed, you may right click to save these to your computer, or click SAVE AS when prompted. Most web browsers also give you the option of opening these directly in your browser by clicking OPEN when prompted. Both MS Office and Open Office calculators will work with Macintosh versions of the programs. Open Office Linux versions are compatible as well. If you do not have one of these programs, you may (1) download the free Excel viewer (Microsoft) or (2) download Open Office (Sun Microsystems). (Harpur Advising does not endorse these products, nor are we liable or accountable in any way, related to your use of these products.)

Last Updated: 8/10/15