A 2.9 GPA represents a student's grade point average on an academic scale. A 2.9 is equivalent to an 84 percent and falls within the mid "B" range in most academic settings.
Most academic institutions calculate the grade point average based on the grades a student receives in all courses. The grades are averaged to compile a cumulative grade point average that indicates a student's standing in class rank or on an overall academic scale. Grade point averages are used as an evaluation factor in determining honors, awards and entrance to programs or higher education institutions. If a student's grade point average falls below a specified average in high school or college, the institution may put the student on academic probation or pose consequences with financial funding.