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Office of the Registrar

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Grading System

+/- Grading Implementation Schedule: Course levels:
Prior to Fall 2005: +/- Grading not implemented 1000 - 2999 Undergraduate
Fall 2005: 1000 and 6000 level courses 4000 - 5999 Undergraduate and graduate
Fall 2006: 2000 level courses 6000 and above - Graduate
Fall 2007: 4000 and 5000 level courses
Grade Contributes to
quality hours
Quality points
earned prior to
fall 2005
Quality points
effective
fall 2005
Contributes to
earned hours
Grade interpretation
A Yes 4.00 4.00 Yes Excellent
A- Yes NA 3.67 Yes Excellent
B+ Yes NA 3.33 Yes Good
B Yes 3.00 3.00 Yes Good
B- Yes NA 2.67 Yes Good
C+ Yes NA 2.33 Yes Average
C Yes 2.00 2.00 Yes Average
C- Yes NA 1.67 Yes Average
D+ Yes NA 1.33 Yes Passed (not available to graduate students)
D Yes 1.00 1.00 Yes Passed (not available to graduate students)
F Yes 0 0 No Failed
I Yes 0 0 No Incomplete (Incomplete course work)
W No 0 0 No Withdrawn
AU No 0 0 No Audit
P No 0 0 Yes Passed a Pass/No Credit course
U* No 0 0 Yes* Unsatisfactory
IP No 0 0 No In Progress (multiple-term course)
S No 0 0 Yes Satisfactory
Z No 0 0 No Grade Unknown -- grade due, but not submitted
NE** No 0 0 No ** Not examined -- missed final exam)
FA Yes 0 0 No Failed due to administrative reasons
NC No 0 0 No Failed a Pass/No Credit course
WI Yes 0 0 No Failed (did not complete a course that was previously graded as incomplete)

*Beginning Spring 2010, Graduate level Thesis/Project/Dissertation "U" grade contributes to earned hours.

**Prior to Fall 92 included in quality hours

GPA Calculation

Every time a student passes a course, they receive both a designated number of credit hours and a number of quality points, which are calculated by multiplying the course credit hours and the numerical equivalent of the letter grade received. To determine the grade point average, divide the total number of earned quality points for all courses by the total number of credit hours scheduled.

A sample GPA calculation appears below. (Note that grade point averages are not rounded, but are truncated after two decimal places when displayed.

Course Credit hours Grade Quality points
MATH 1010 4 B 12 (4 hours x 3)
CHEM 1100 4 A 16 (4 hours x 4)
ENGR 1300 1 D 1 (1 hour x 1)
PSYC 1200 4 B 12 (4 hours x 3)

GPA = 41 quality points divided by 13 credit hours = 3.15