Enrollment Services and Student Records
A cumulative grade point average is calculated as an indicator of overall academic performance in a program and is used as a criterion for graduation requirements, for honours graduation or other academic distinctions, and for determining academic standing during study in a program.
How to Calculate Your Grade Point Average
- Take the grade points for each grade received at Ryerson (except for first attempts at courses you have repeated) and multiply each by its course weight (eg. a "C" in a course with a weight of one is 2.00, a "C" in a course with a weight of two is 4.00 - see the table below) and add the products.
- Add together the course weight for each of the courses taken, except for first attempts of courses you have repeated.
- Divide the total grade points by the total course weights and that is your grade point average.
Failed for Non-Attendance
- Courses completed prior to formal program admission will not be included in the calculation of cumulative grade point averages.
- For purposes of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two terms in duration will be given weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation in this norm under exceptional circumstances.
- The grade point average is calculated as the sum of the products of course weights and earned grade points, divided by the sum of the course weights, and rounded up to the next higher second decimal place.
- The following course performance designations are not included in calculating the grade point average: AEG, AUD, CHG, CRT, EXN, INC, INP, GNR, NSC and PSD.
- The designation F-S is included in the grade point average at zero grade points (like an F grade) as an interim failure until a final grade is assigned.
- The designation FNA is included in the grade point average at zero grade points and counts as a failure when academic standings are assigned.
- The grade earned for a repeated course is substituted for the previous grade in calculating subsequent grade point averages even if the later grade is lower, however both attempts will be recorded on the transcript. If at least one of the course attempts results in a passing grade, the course will count towards graduation requirements irrespective of the sequence of grades earned. No courses can be repeated more than twice.
- An initial grade point average and academic standing are not calculated until the student has received three or more course grades.
- The cumulative grade point average is calculated at the end of each academic term for which additional course grades have been recorded on the student's transcript, and is calculated on all of the student's formal Ryerson course grades in the program in which the student is registered.
Only students who are active in a program for which a CGPA is calculated may submit a GPA Adjustment request. To request a GPA Adjustment, students must submit the GPA Adjustment Form no later than the final date to add courses for the term in which the GPA Adjustment will apply. Only the CGPA for the current term will be adjusted. Academic Standings and CGPAs from previous terms will not be adjusted.
Please note that the GPA Adjustment Form will not be accepted via phone or email.
A GPA Adjustment can occur under one of the following conditions:
- Course Replacement: Permits a student to use a new course to replace, for GPA purposes only, a previously graded Professional, Professionally-Related, Liberal Studies course, or a course within a Required Group, both of which belong to the same group or table. For example, you have decided to upgrade a course within an elective table, but you take another course within the same table instead of the course you did poorly on before. Ryerson will not automatically know that the second course is meant as an upgrade unless you submit the GPA Adjustment Form.
- Course Exclusion: Permits a student to request that certain courses be excluded from his/her CGPA calculation, if the course is a course that is not applicable to the student's program of study; OR an extra course that was taken in addition to the student's program requirements.
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