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.