grade point average


Definition of grade point average 

: the average obtained by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted

called also quality point average

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Students must earn a 2.5 grade point average and an ACT score of 20 to be eligible. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "A record number of Louisiana high school graduates qualified for TOPS awards in 2017," 11 Apr. 2018 By Amanda Schoep Wolverines make the grade First-year Windermere High School was the Florida High School Athletic Association’s Class 8A girls basketball academic team champions for 2017-18 with a combined 3.729 grade point average. Varsity Staff,, "VARSITY BUZZ: Winter Springs' Mackenzie Czurak breaks school record, Spruce Creek boys tennis coach gains 400th win," 30 Mar. 2018 According to Locker, Rucci carries a 4.0 grade point average and values education. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Badgers secure oral commitment from tight end for 2019 class," 5 Feb. 2018 Society has an unhealthy infatuation with grade point averages. Tom Solomon, Washington Post, "GPAs don’t really show what students learned. Here’s why.," 15 June 2018 Each school or college sets its own grade point average requirements. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 13 July 2018 There was discussion about tying unrestricted transfer to an athlete's grade point average. Ralph D. Russo,, "As leagues debate transfer rules, NCAA moves toward reform," 31 May 2018 Despite having a grade point average of 4.2, Hogg told TMZ that he was rejected by four University of California colleges: UC Irvine, UC Los Angeles, UC Santa Barbara and our own UC San Diego. Diane Bell,, "At Padres home opener, the organ player is on his game," 30 Mar. 2018 Anonymous people unhappy with the story found Kausch’s college grade point average and her little sister’s school address and published them online. Washington Post, "Journalists struggle to keep online threats from escalating," 3 July 2018

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grade point average

: a number that indicates a student's average grade

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