Definition of grade point average noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


grade point average

BrE BrE//ˈɡreɪd pɔɪnt ævərɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡreɪd pɔɪnt ævərɪdʒ//
[usually singular] (abbreviation GPA) Types of school
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the average of a student’s marks/grades over a period of time in the US education system The law school required a minimum grade point average of 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale). See related entries: Types of school Culture The highest grade, A, receives 4 points, B is 3, C is 2, D is 1 and F is 0. Points received during an academic period of weeks or months are added together and the average calculated. A high GPA helps a high school student to get into a good college or university. High points received at a college or university can result in a student being named on the dean's list and other honours. Students with low GPAs can be dismissed.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: grade point average