A 2.0 grade point average is equivalent to a C letter grade. The majority of educational institutions around the world use a four-point scale for grade point averages. In this scale, a 4.0 is an A, 3.0 is a B, 1.0 is a D and 0 is a failing grade.

Most colleges view academic success in terms of a grade point average. Professors calculate the student's percentage based on performance in course assignments and exams. This percentage translates to a letter grade awarded for the class. The college registrar then collects the student's letter grades across all of the courses attempted and calculates the student's grade point average.