Grade Point Average

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is a numerical index that summarises academic performance.

Specific calculations are applied depending on your program of study. The two options available are for students in honours programs, and those in non-honours programs. Select the relevant option to view full details.

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  • Honours GPA

    Program GPA

    The Program GPA is the average of the grades obtained in all courses in the honours program, weighted by the unit and point value of each course.

    Only courses studied at the University of Adelaide are included in the GPA.

    The program GPA will appear on official academic transcripts for students who commenced their programs from 2002 onwards.

    Other uses of GPA

    The GPA may be used to rank students seeking admission to another program by academic merit, or for awarding scholarships, prizes or other merit awards, such as the University Medal.

    How to calculate your honours program GPA

    Program GPAs are calculated for honours programs in a similar manner to all other programs, however a mark range is used to determine the point values assigned to each course as follows:

    No. of points Mark range
    7 80 – 100
    6 70 – 79
    5 60 – 69
    4 50 – 59
    1.5 0 – 49
    0 Withdraw Fail (WF), Fail No Submission (FNS), Not Awarded
    Not Included Withdraw Not Fail (WNF), Continuing (CN), Result Pending (RP), Withheld (WH)

    Example enrolments and marks

    Course Mark Units Point value
    Course 1 82 6 7
    Course 2 75 6 6
    Course 3 69 3 5
    Course 4 85 9 7

    Step 1
    The number of units assigned to each course is multiplied by the number of points to give the number of course grade points for each course:

    Course Units Point value Units X point value
    Course 1 6 7 42
    Course 2 6 6 36
    Course 3 3 5 15
    Course 4 9 7 63
    Totals 24   156

    Step 2
    The total number of course grade points are then divided by the total number of units to calculate the Program GPA:

    Add course grade points; Add units Divide total course grade points by total number of units Honours program GPA

    Course grade points: 42 + 36 + 15 + 63 = 156

    Units: 6 + 6 + 3 + 9 = 24

    156 / 24 = 6.5

    Honours program final grade (from 2016)

    The overall honours program final grade is calculated using a weighted average mark (WAM) for students commencing their 1 year honours program from 2016.

    The WAM is calculated using the marks and units assigned to all courses completed within the program, except where a course has been dropped with the outcome of withdraw not fail. Where a course has been dropped with the outcome of withdraw fail, a mark of zero is assigned for the WAM calculation process.

    If a course is failed then repeated and passed on the second attempt, the marks and units for both attempts are included in the WAM calculation.

    Step 1
    The mark for each course is multiplied by the units:

    Course Mark Units Marks X units
    Course 1 82 6 492
    Course 2 75 6 450
    Course 3 69 3 207
    Course 4 85 9 765
    Totals   24 1914

    Step 2
    The total mark x units is then divided by the total units to calculate the WAM:

    Add total mark x units; Add units Divide total marks x unit by total units Honours program WAM

    Total mark x units: 492 + 450 + 207 + 765 = 1914

    Units: 6 + 6 + 3 + 9 = 24

    1914 / 24 = 79.75

    CALCULATION FOR BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS)

    All undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programs have embedded honours with a program duration of at least four years. Students in these programs must calculate their GPA using the Non-Honours GPA calculation and will receive a separate honours calculation upon completion of their program.

    Download the grade point average for honours (pdf file) programs.

  • Non-honours GPA

    Program GPA

    The program GPA is the average of the grades obtained in all courses in the program, weighted by the unit value of each course. Students enrolled in more than one program will have a separate GPA for each, calculated using the final grades of the courses associated with each program. Only courses studied at the University of Adelaide are included in the GPA with the exception of language courses undertaken at Flinders University between 2002 and 2005.

    No GPA is calculated for the following programs: Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Dental Surgery, and Bachelor of Oral Health. In these programs, academic assessment for all core courses is done on a non-graded basis. In addition, no GPA is calculated for students enrolled in research or non-award programs.
    The program GPA will appear on official academic transcripts for students who commenced their programs from 2002 onwards.

    Other uses of GPA

    The GPA was also used to monitor students’ academic progress, in accordance with the University’s Unsatisfactory Academic Progress by Coursework Students Policy (or UAP Policy). Students who studied between the years 2008 to 2015 whose Term GPA for any Semester was 2.8 or less became subject to the requirements of the UAP Policy in place at that time.

    How to calculate your GPA – for non-honours programs

    1. Your GPA is calculated by assigning the following point values to your final grade for each course:

    No. of points Final grade
    7 High Distinction (HD)
    6 Distinction (D)
    5 Credit (C)
    4 Pass (P); Non Graded Pass (NGP); Unclassified Pass; Satisfactory (S)
    3 Conceded Pass (CP – grade deleted after 2010)
    1.5 Fail (F); Unsatisfactory; Incomplete Fail (IF – grade deleted after 2008)
    0 Withdraw Fail (WF); Fail No Submission (FNS); Not Awarded
    Not included Withdraw Not Fail (WNF); Continuing (CN); Result Pending (RP)

    2. Next, the number of units assigned to each grade is multiplied by the number of grade points to give the total number of course grade points for each course, in each program. For example, for a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program (BARTS) and the Bachelor of Commerce program BCOM):

    Program Course no. Units Grade Grade points Units x grade points
    BARTS 1 3 D 6 18
    BARTS 2 6 C 5 30
    BARTS 3 3 HD 7 21
    BARTS 4 3 P 4 12
    BARTS 5 3 F 1.5 4.5
    BCOM 1 3 C 5 15
    BCOM 2 3 WF 0 0
    BCOM 3 3 WNF - -

    3. Finally, the total number of course grade points is divided by the total number of unit values of the courses for each program. Based on the above example:

    Bachelor of Arts

    Add total number of course grade points Divide total grade points by total number of unit values Program GPA
    18 + 30 + 21 + 12 + 4.5
    3 + 6 + 3 + 3 + 3
    85.5 / 18 = 4.75

    Bachelor of Commerce

    Add total number of course grade points Divide total grade points by total number of unit values Program GPA
    15 + 0
    3 + 3
    15 / 6 = 2.50

    CALCULATION FOR BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (HONOURS)

    The Program GPA is the average of the grades obtained in all courses within a 1 year end-on Honours program. All undergraduate Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) programs have embedded honours with a program duration of at least four years. Students in these programs must calculate their GPA using the non-Honours GPA calculation and will receive a separate honours calculation upon completion of their program.

    Download the grade point average for non-honours (pdf file) programs.