Grades


Learn about grades and transcript symbols

  • Credit - The unit by which academic work is measured;

  • Registered Credits - The total number of credits for which a student is officially enrolled at the end of the registration drop period each semester;

  • Earned Credits - Successfully completed credits, includes only A, B, C, D, P;

  • Grade Points - A letter grade is assigned at the end of the term for each course in which the student is enrolled.  A grade point value for each credit in the course is assigned to each letter grade, as listed below.  Grade point credits include grades of A, B, C, D, F, FN, and FW.

Letter Grade

Meaning

Grade Point Value
Per Credit Hour

Grade Point Value

A

Excellent

4

4 x # course credits

B

Good

3

3 x # course credits

C

Average

2

2 x # course credits

D

Poor

1

1 x # course credits

F

FN

 

FW

Failing

Failure for non-attendance, inadequate achievement

Failure to withdraw, inadequate achievement

 

0

0

 

0

0

0

 

0

NC

No Credit

na

na (NC may only be assigned to courses numbered below 1000 or specifically approved)

P

"D" or better

na

na (Maximum of 20 credits of "P" will be applied toward graduation requirements)

  • Grade Point Total - Grade point total is the sum of grade points earned as determined by multiplying the grade point value of the grade by the number of course credits.

  • Grade Point Average - Grade Point Average (GPA) is the quotient of the student's grade point total divided by the grade point credits.  Each grade report shows the student's GPA for the term and cumulative GPA since admission.  "P" does not carry a grade point value and as such, is not calculated in the GPA.  A "P" will not improve the student's GPA.  However, "P" credits count toward total registered credits. See example below.

  • Cumulative Grade Point Credits - The total number of credits in all courses for which students receive a letter grade of A, B, C, D, F, FN, FW (does not include "P").

  • Cumulative Earned Credits - The total number of credits in all courses for which students receive a letter grade of A, B, C, D, P (does not include F, FN, FW).

  • Incomplete - The mark of "I" is assigned only in exceptional circumstances and is a temporary grade.  It will be given only to students who cannot complete the work of a course on schedule because of illness or other circumstances beyond their control.  An "I" grade automatically becomes an "F" grade (or "NC" in the case of courses with "P/NC" grading) at the end of the next semester (not including summer sessions) if requirements have not been satisfactorily met.  Instructors have the option of setting an earlier completion date for the student.  Requests for Incomplete forms must be completed and signed by both the student and the instructor.  Copies of the form are retained by the student and instructor while the original is forwarded to the Admissions and Records office with quarterly grade reports.

  • W - Official withdrawal from a course in which a student was enrolled.

  • AU - Registration as a visitor/auditor permits attendance and participation in course activities.  No credit is earned.  Regular attendance without registration is not authorized.


Challenge a grade

If you receive a grade that you think is in error you should first check with your instructor. Grading errors can happen. If your instructor confirms that the grade is not an error and you believe the grade is not reflective of your work for the course, be prepared to discuss and present your reasons for challenging the grade. A well-reasoned discussion, and perhaps review of your academic work, often will resolve any issue. If you are not able to come to a satisfactory resolution with your instructor, you have the right to present your challenge to a department head and/or an academic Dean. Your instructor can give you the names and contact information should it become necessary.

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