# Get quarter from date

To calculate the quarter (i.e. 1,2,3,4) for a given date, you can use the ROUNDUP function together with the MONTH function. In the example shown, the formula in cell C5 is:

The result is 1, since January 31 is in the first quarter.

In this example, the goal is to return a number that represents quarter (i.e. 1,2,3,4) for any given date. In other words, we want to return the quarter that the date resides in.

### ROUNDUP formula solution

In the example shown, the formula in cell C5 is:

The ROUNDUP function works like the ROUND function, except that ROUNDUP will always round numbers 1-9 up to a given number of digits, supplied as the *num_digits* argument. In this case, because we want to get back an integer, we use zero for *num_digits*.

Working from the inside out, the MONTH function first extracts the month as a number between 1-12, then divides this number by 3:

=MONTH(B5)/3 =1/3 =0.3333

The result is then rounded up to the nearest whole number using the ROUNDUP function:

=ROUNDUP(0.3333,0) returns 1

The result is 1, since 0.3333 rounded up to the next whole number is 1.

### Adding "Q"

If you want the quarter number to include a "Q" you can concatenate the numeric result from ROUNDUP to the "Q". The formula in D5 is:

The result is the letter "Q" prepended to the number:

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