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Grade Point Averages (GPAs)

Policy statement

The College of Arts and Sciences uses various Grade Point Averages (GPAs) as requirements for academic objectives (majors, minors, certificates), for determination of academic standing, and eligibility for academic distinctions. The calculation for these GPAs is comprised of all courses the student has taken through Indiana University, minus the following:

  • Courses taken at the 000–099 level
  • Courses that are defined by the College as not eligible to carry degree credit
  • Courses with a grade of IP, NC, P, S, W, I, or R

These are referred to as GPA-eligible courses. 

The Academic Term GPA includes all GPA-eligible courses for the academic term.

The College GPA (sometimes referred to as the Cumulative GPA or Overall GPA) includes all GPA-eligible courses. Unless otherwise explicitly stated, the Major, Concentration, Specialization, Minor, and Certificate (collectively, "academic objectives") GPA includes all GPA-eligible courses taken that could have been counted toward the Hours requirement for the given academic objective. This includes courses in which credit hours were not earned because of a repeatability issue as well as those in which the student did not earn a passing (or otherwise high enough) grade.

The following are also removed from the College GPA and Academic Objectives GPA(s):

  • Courses to which the Indiana University Bloomington Extended-X policy have been applied; and
  • Courses to which the Indiana University Bloomington Fresh Start policy have been applied.

The College GPA and Major, Concentration, Specialization, Minor, and Certificate GPAs appear only on the Academic Advisement Report (AAR). They do not appear on the transcript, though the College GPA sometimes matches the IU Student Program GPA, which is listed on the transcript but is not used by the College. 

  • 2024-05-01: Removed reference to specific subjects that are considered as not carrying degree credit. Added definition of Academic Term GPA. Clarified how courses X'd through the Extended-X policy or removed via the campus Fresh Start policy are treated in the GPAs.
  • 2020-05-01: Update language for clarity (introducing "GPA-eligible"), consistent with College practice.
  • 2018-05-01: No changes from previous version

About this policy

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Degree Requirements and Graduation

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