Grade Point Average (GPA)
Your GPA is a measure of your
success at De Anza. Your academic goal will determine how high of a GPA you will
want to earn:
- To earn an Associate degree, a
minimum GPA of 2.0 is required.
- To be eligible for transfer to a
CSU, the minimum required GPA is 2.0 (2.4 for International students).
- UCs require a minimum GPA of 2.4
(2.8 for International students). But in reality, for certain majors at both
CSUs and UCs, you may need a much higher GPA to be competitive for
How to calculate your
- Courses are given a letter grade
or non-letter grades such as P/NP (Pass/No Pass), W for Withdrawal, and I for Incomplete
- Non-letter grades do not influence the
- Letter grades are given the
following point values:
Note the absence of a C- grade and the fact that
an A+, though available, has the same 4.0 grade point multiplier as the A grade.
- Each course has a specific unit
value. For example, most GE classes at De Anza are four units, most math and
science classes are five units, while many PE and CAOS classes range from .5 to
3 units. To obtain your GPA, divide the total grade points by the total letter
= Total Grade Points
look at an example to see how this works. A student has taken the following
courses and earned the corresponding grades:
Grade Grade PointsHUMA 10
4 x 3.3 = 13.2
.5 x 2 = 1.0
5 x 3.7 = 18.5
9.5 grade units
32.7 grade points
32.7 = 3.44 GPA
- In the above example, POLI 1 and PSYC 1 are not calculated into the GPA because they are not letter
- You can access your unofficial transcripts through your 'My De Anza' account.
- A student who drops or is dropped
from a course during the first three weeks of the quarter will be considered the
same as never attending. No notation is placed on the official academic record.
- Students should be careful which
classes they take for a P/NP grade. Students planning to transfer should always
take their major courses for a letter grade. Math and English should be taken
for a letter grade also. Students planning on transferring to a CSU must take
their oral communication and critical thinking classes (as well as English and
math) for a letter grade.
- No more than 21 units should be
taken for P/NP for students planning to transfer to a UC.
- Students who take GE courses for
P/NP must have their GE certified before transfer. This ensures the transfer
school will accept the courses taken at De Anza. GE certification is usually
done towards the end of the student's last quarter at De Anza before
transferring. GE Certification Request forms are available at the Forms Table in
the main lobby of the Administrative Building. The student indicates which GE
pattern they followed (CSU or IGETC) and which school they want the
certification to be sent to. After completing the GE Certification Request form,
the student turns the form into Admissions and Records.The Evaluations office will then
process the form within 10 business days and then send your certification to the
transfer school indicated on the form.