First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Calculating Your GPA

Calculating Your GPA

To make progress toward your degree and stay off academic warning and probation at Georgia Southern University, students must have a 2.0 institutional GPA or higher.

This exercise will demonstrate how to calculate your Georgia Southern or “Institutional” GPA. Read through this example.

Gus Eagle’s Fall Semester
Column #1: Course Column #2: Letter Grade Column #3: Numeric Grade Equivalent Column #4: Credit hours Column #5: Quality Points
ENGL 1101 B 3 x 3 = 9
MATH 1101 C 2 x 3 = 6
HIST 2110 W x =
BIOL 1230 A 4 x 3 = 12
BIOL 1230L F 0 x 1 = 0
KINS 1525 B 3 x 2 = 6
FYE 1220 B 3 x 2 = 6
TOTAL 14 39

Key for Numeric Grades:

  • A = 4 Quality Points
  • B = 3 Quality Points
  • C = 2 Quality Points
  • D = 1 Quality Point
  • F = 0 Quality Points

To determine his GPA, Gus first lists his grades in the table in column #2. Then using the key, he assigned a numeric value to each grade in column #3 (note, this is not the percentage he received in the class! See the key above for assigning the proper numeric grade). Finally Gus lists the number of credit hours for each class in column #4.

To calculate his GPA, for each row, Gus must multiply Column #3 by Column #4. He lists the result in Column #5, Quality Points. After calculating his quality points for each class, he adds up both his number of hours (Column #4) and his quality points (Column #5).

The final step is dividing the sum of Column #5 by the sum of Column #4.

Note that withdrawals do not count in the calculation of GPA. They do, however, count against “attempted hours” for HOPE and financial aid purposes.

Gus Eagle’s Fall GPA is 2.7857, which would appear in WINGS as 2.78 (the university reports to the hundredths place, rounding down). His GPA is calculated on 14 hours, although he’s earned only 13 credit hours (because he failed BIOL 1210L). He’s attempted 17 hours (the 14 hours on which his GPA is based plus the three hours of HIST 2110 from which he withdrew).

Gus is making progress toward his degree and is not on academic warning or probation.  Whether or not he is meeting his personal goals for his GPA is another matter.  If one of Gus’ goals is to graduate in four years, he will need to either take additional hours one semester or make plans to take courses in the summer (students must average 15-16 hours in the fall and spring semesters to graduate in four years without summers).

Calculating a GPA beyond the first semester

To calculate a GPA beyond the first semester, Gus will repeat the above process but add the GPA hours and Quality points from past semesters. For previous semesters, this information can be found in your Web Transcript in WINGS. See below for an example:


Last updated: 7/28/2019

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