Grade Point Average
The Grade Point Average, more often known as its abbreviation, GPA, is a number from 0 to 4.33 summarizing a student's grades. The number is calculated by multiplying your numerical grade (0-4.33) in a class by the point value of that class, and then dividing the sum of these products by the total number of points taken. Grades of "Pass" do not count in the GPA.
You need at least a 2.0 to be in good academic standing. If your GPA is below 2.0, you will be placed on Academic Probation.
Any GPA below 3.0 is generally cause for concern, and probably means that you are an engineer, or you need to take easier classes.
You can help your GPA by reading CULPA before registering for classes. The relative difficulty of your instructors plays a significant role in determining your GPA, particularly in Core classes, which make up at least 36 points out of the 124 required for the Columbia College BA.