Undergraduate Grading System

At the end of each semester and Summer Session, the final grades are posted in the Students Portal, and are recorded on their permanent academic record in the Office of the Registrar.

 

Letter Grade Grade Meaning Grade Points Percentage Grade
A Excellent 4.0 90 and above
B+ Very Good 3.5 85-89
B Good 3.0 80-84
C+ Above Average 2.5 75-79
C Average 2.0 70-74
D+ Below Average 1.5 65-69
D Poor 1.0 60-64
F Failure 0 -
I Incomplete 0 -
W Withdrawal 0 -
P Pass 0 -
AU Audit 0 -
TR Transferred 0 -

1. The grade “I” is awarded where a student has maintained a satisfactory level of performance but was unable to complete a major portion of course work (e.g. term paper or final exam), for reasons deemed acceptable by the instructor. It is the responsibility of the student to justify any failure to complete work required, and to reach an agreement as to how remaining course requirements will be satisfied. Following the award of an “I” mark and in consultation with the course instructor, the student is responsible for fulfilling any outstanding course requirements within the first weeks of the following semester. In exceptional cases, the instructor may extend the existing incomplete grade to the next semester. Failure to complete work within a specified period will result in an “F”, which will be recorded as the final grade.

 

2. The grade “W” indicates withdrawal from a course within the specified time limit, as explained above.

 

3. A grade of “P” will not be included in the calculations of a student's cumulative grade point average, but will count towards graduation credits.

 

4. A grade of “F” is included in calculations of the student's cumulative grade point average.

5. Students enrolling for a course on an Audit basis must indicate their intention to do so at the time of registration. Students registering for a course on an Audit basis receive no credit, but they will be charged the respective tuition fees.

Grades for courses taken at another college or university (TR) are not included in calculations of the cumulative grade point average.

Calculating GPA

A Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) is determined for each student at the end of each semester. The Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) is computed by multiplying the number of credit hours of each course by the grade points equivalent to the letter grade received and then adding them. The sum total is then divided by the total number of credit hours for which the student has received a grade. Grades reported as "I", "W", "P" or "AU" are not computed in the average.


Pass-Fail courses

Students in good academic standing may choose up to 12 semester hours of credit towards a degree to be graded on a pass/fail basis. Students are allowed to take a maximum of 2 courses on a pass/fail basis per academic year. Courses that are part of or related to a student’s Major cannot be taken on a pass/fail basis. Only a grade of F will be included in GPA calculations.

Students must notify the Office of the Registrar of their intention to take a pass/fail course within the first 8 weeks of a 16-week semester, or the first 3 weeks of a 6-week session.


Repeating a Course

If a student repeats a course, the new grade is used to calculate the student's cumulative GPA. The grade previously earned will not be included in the overall GPA but will remain on the student's permanent academic record and transcript.


Change of Grade

Once grades have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar no changes are allowed, unless an instructor completes a "Grade Change" form, in which he/she explains that a legitimate error has been made in the calculation of a student's grade.


Appeals Procedure

Where a student disagrees with a grade awarded, he/she must exhaust all possibilities of resolving the problem with the Instructor of the course. In the event that no agreement is reached, the student may appeal by filing a petition with the Office of the Registrar, within four (4) weeks of the grade being awarded.

 

The Registrar will inform the Head of the Department of the petition, and the Head of the Department will then seek to resolve the issue between the student and the faculty member in question. Changes of grades resulting from an appeal require the endorsement of Head of the Department and the Dean of the School.


Dean's List

The Dean's List includes students who have achieved a G.P.A. of 3.5 or better within a single semester and who were registered for at least 12 semester hours of credit (excluding grades of 'P').

Matriculated students who achieve the above requirements are named on the Dean's List, which is published at the end of each semester. Honors are awarded as follows:
 
First Honors 3.85 - 4.00
Second Honors 3.65 - 3.84
Third Honors 3.50 - 3.64
 
Students who receive grades of 'D' or 'F' are ineligible for honors that semester.