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First of all it is important to know how many points apply to each grade you receive. The following is a list which includes all possible grades and the points attached to them:

2001 – Present

Grade Definition Quality Points
A+ Superior 4.0
A Superior 4.0
A- Superior 3.67
B+ Above Average 3.33
B Above Average 3.0
B- Above Average 2.67
C+ Average 2.33
C Average 2.0
C- Average 1.67
D+ Below Average, passing 1.33
D Below Average, passing 1.0
D- Below Average, passing 0.67
F Failing 0


Now, to calculate your semester Grade Point Average, follow these steps:

  1. Find the quality point’s value for each class from the list above.
  2. Multiply the quality point’s value for the letter grade received times the number of credits the course is worth. Do this for each of the classes in which you received a grade.
    • Quality Points x number of credits = grade points for the class

    Here is an example:
    Say you have a B+ in a 3 hour class...
    Quality points for a B+ is 3.33
    So you take 3.33(Quality Points for a B+) x 3(credit hours) = 9.99


  3. Add together the grade points from each class.
  4. Add together the credit hours from each class.
  5. Finally, divide the total grade points by the total number of credit hours taken. This will give you your semester G.P.A.

Here is an example:
Let’s pretend your grades for the semester are an A, B, B+, and C.

  1. Find the quality point’s value for each class.
    • A = 4.0
    • B = 3.0
    • B+ = 3.33
    • C- = 1.67
  2. Multiply the quality points for each course times the number of credits the course is worth.
    • Quality Points x number of credits = grade points
    • 4.0 x 3 = 12
    • 3.0 x 4 = 12
    • 3.33 x 3 = 9.99
    • 1.67 x 3 = 5.01
  3. Add together the grade point totals you figured in step 2
    • 12 + 12 + 9.99 + 5.01 = 39 Total Grade Points
  4. Add together the credit hours from each class.
    • 3 + 4 + 3 + 3 = 13 Total Credit Hours
  5. Finally, divide the total grade points by the total number of credit hours taken.
    • 39 ÷ 13 = 3.00 Semester GPA

Important GPA Information

Grade Point Average
A GPA is calculated by dividing one’s total quality points by one’s total credit hours.

Academic Amnesty
a process by which students can increase their GPA by eliminating certain grades from their GPA. Amnesty programs vary by college and/or academic programs and it is important to contact your academic advisor for more information. Students who choose to complete Academic Amnesty are not eligible to graduate with Academic Honors. Students are however able to be placed on the Dean’s or Chancellor’s Lists.

UN GPA
The University of Nebraska System has one GPA for students. This means that if a student has attended more than one University in the NU System (UNL, UNO, UNK, UNMC) their GPA will be cumulative. Therefore, a student’s UNO GPA is the same as their UN GPA.

Transfer GPA
The GPA a student has from another College or University they previously attended

Cumulative GPA
The combined total of transfer and UN GPA’s. To calculate one’s cumulative GPA they would need to add together their quality points from each college/university attended as well as their total credit hours. Once those calculations are complete, divide the quality points by the total credit hours.

Dean’s List
A full time (12+ hours) semester GPA of a 3.5 or higher
  • for part time students please contact your advisor

Chancellor’s List
A full time (12+ hours) semester GPA of a 4.0
  • for part time students please contact your advisor

To graduate with Academic Honors a student must have earned a minimum of 60 hours from the NU System in which 30 of those hours are from UNO. Students must also meet one of the following GPA requirements:

Honor Required GPA
Cum Laude 3.51 –3.62
Magna Cum Laude 3.63 – 3.86
Summa Cum Laude 3.87+

*Students who complete Academic Amnesty are NOT eligible to graduate with Academic Honors.