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Grading System and Grade Point Average

The Grading Scale has been updated for the Fall 2016 semester.

Explanation of Grades

For graduate level courses, the grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, and C are passing grades, and C-, D+, D, D-, and F are failing grades. For undergraduate level courses, the grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, and D- are passing grades, and F is failing grade. The grade of S is a passing grade and the grade of U is a failing grade for ESL courses. The grade of "I" (Incomplete) is given to a student whose work has been of passing quality but who has, for compelling reasons, been unable to complete all of his or her required coursework by the end of the semester. The quality of performance in any academic course is reported by a letter grade. These grades denote the character of work and are assigned grade points as follows:

Percentage Letter Grade Grade Points CGPA Academic Standing
94.00-100.00 A 4.00 4.00  
90.00-93.99 A- 3.70    
87.00-89.99 B+ 3.30    
83.00-86.99 B 3.00 3.00 Satisfactory grade for graduate level programs
80.00-82.99 B- 2.70    
77.00-79.99 C+ 2.30    
73.00-76.99 C 2.00 2.00 Lowest passing grade for graduate level courses, and satisfactory grade for undergraduate level programs
70.00-72.99 C- 1.70    
67.00-69.99 D+ 1.30    
63.00-66.99 D 1.00    
60.00-62.99 D- 0.70 0.70 Lowest passing grade for undergraduate level programs
0.00-59.99 F 0 0.0 Failure
-- AU 0 0.0 Audit
-- I -- -- Incomplete
-- InP -- -- In Progress
-- NR -- -- Not Reported
75.00-100.00 S -- -- Satisfactory (non-credit)
-- TC 0 0.0 Transfer Credit
0.00-74.99 U -- -- Unsatisfactory (non-credit)
-- W -- -- Withdrawn

Symbols: The following symbols may appear next to a grade or in the grade column:

AU: Audited Course I: Incomplete InP: In Progress
R: Repeat Course TC: Transfer-in Credits W: Withdrawn
NR: Not Reported

Grade Point Average (GPA): GPA is defined as the total grade points (PTS) divided by credit hours (HRS).
Cumulative GPA (CGPA): Is defined as the overall GPA attained so far in an ongoing education period.

The GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned in courses by the total number of credits attempted. The GPA is carried out to three digits past the decimal point (example 1.000). No rounding up or down shall be done to arrive at the GPA. When a course is repeated, only the highest grade earned is counted in the computation of the GPA and the CGPA for graduation.

Course Codes and Levels:


  • ESL 0100-0899: English as a Second Language courses (ESL is a non-credit program)
  • XXXX 100-499: Undergraduate level courses, classified by academic subject (alternatively division or area) and level of difficulty.
  • XXXX 500-999: Graduate level courses, classified by academic subject (alternatively division or area) and level of difficulty.

Receiving Grades: Students will receive their grades by the close of business on the day grades are due to the Registrar's Office. Students can view their grades via the student portal.