Grade Point Averages

A student’s grade point average is based on credit hours, grading method (pass/fail, etc.), grade awarded, and quality points.

The following definitions apply:

  • QUALITY HOURS are the units upon which a student’s grade point average is calculated. They differ from earned hours because quality hours do not include the pass grade and do include failed courses.
  • LOYOLA EARNED HOURS are the credit hours earned while taking courses at Loyola.
  • TOTAL EARNED HOURS are the credit hours earned while taking courses at Loyola as well as the hours awarded for transfer work toward a student’s degree.
  • QUALITY POINTS are calculated by multiplying the quality points associated with a grade (A=4, etc.) by the quality hours. (A three-credit-hour course with a grade of A will result in 12 quality points.)
  • LOYOLA GRADE POINT AVERAGES are calculated by dividing the Loyola quality points by the Loyola quality hours.
  • LOYOLA CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGES include only the coursework taken at Loyola. ATTEMPTED HOURS are all courses registered beyond the drop/add period including W grades.