# Can I raise my 3.4 GPA to 3.7 or 3.6 in one year?

It depends on where you are now – how many accumulated GPA hours/credits you have that encompass your current GPA point and how many units you will take next year.

GPA is calculated based on two numbers: Total GPA Points and Total GPA Hours/Credits

GPA point in a class= class grade point (A=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0) x number of units for that class

Total GPA Points = sum of all GPA points from all courses taken with a letter grade

Total GPA Units = sum of all the units that contribute to your total GPA points

So, let’s say your 3.4 GPA encompasses 60 units, then your total GPA points are 3.4 x 60 = 204

One year in college, assuming you only enroll in the Fall and Spring semesters, a student can earn 32 units on average. You can use the following logic to calculate the total GPA points you need to get to 3.6.

Current GPA = 204/60=3.4
Prospecting GPA = (204 + ?)/(60+32)>3.6

→ (204+?)>331.2 → ?>127.2

So, if you are taking 32 units in the next year, try to get an average GPA of 3.975 or higher to raise your GPA to 3.6.

Use the same logic. You can calculate any GPA you want to reach and start planning your classes.

However, as a student counselor, I train my students not to care about their GPA at all. Because at the end of the day, your GPA merely represents your academic performance. Your academic performance is being evaluated in the classroom by your instructor. To obtain the highest GPA you can get, you need to do two things – understand the game rules (class) and win (earn) as many points as possible.

Believe it or not, you just have to read the syllabus in-depth, and you will earn points like never before. Make a copy of this Google Doc worksheet I use to teach my students to be the master of earning points in class.

Good luck!