Grades are awarded according to the percentage earned in a particular course and are recorded by letters.

A 92.5-100% C 72.5-77.4%
A- 90.5-92.4% C- 70.5-72.4%
B+ 87.5-90.4% D+ 67.5-70.4%
B 82.5-87.4% D 62.5-67.4%
B- 80.5-82.4% D- 60.5-62.4%
C+ 77.5-80.4% F 60.4% and below

An "A" is an indication of excellent work, a "B" of good work, a "C" of adequate work, a "D" of weak work and an "F" of failure.

Point Values
Each letter carries a point value. The point value for grades are assigned as follows:

A 4.0   C 2.0
A- 3.7 C- 1.7
B+ 3.3 D+ 1.3
B 3.0 D 1.0
B- 2.7 D- 0.7
C+ 2.3 F 0.0

Grade Point Average
A student's grade point average (GPA) shows the average performance. There are two types of GPAs: a semester index and a graduation index.

Semester Index
An average for a given semester, calculated by dividing the total number of index points by the total number of credit hours attempted. (Index points are determined by multiplying the value of a grade by the number of credit hours of each class.)

Example Semester Index Calculation:
  1. Grade value x semester hours = index points
  2. Sum of all index points = total index points
  3. Total index points/total credit hours attempted = semester index

Graduation Index
The graduation index is a cumulative weighted average of all grades received while enrolled in the present curriculum at the College. Courses can only be retaken to improve grades when a student received a D or F in a course. If a student repeats a course to achieve a better grade, both grades will be counted in the calculation of the GPA.

The following designations also may appear on grade cards:

Satisfactory: An "S" is earned when the equivalent of a C- or higher is earned in a Pass/Fail course

Unsatisfactory: A "U" is assigned when a passing grade is not achieved. In the case of Pass/Fail courses, this grade is assigned when anything less than a C- is earned. A "U" has an associated point value of 0 and is always calculated as part of the GPA. All courses that are failed and required for graduation must be repeated.

Withdraw Passing: Students who drop a course after achieving a passing grade for six weeks receive a designation of "WP." A "WP" has no associated point value and is not calculated as part of the GPA.

Withdraw Failing: Students who drop a course after six weeks and are earning a failing grade receive the designation of "WF." A "WF" has no associated point value and is not calculated as part of the GPA.

Incomplete: In exceptional situations, when a course is not completed because of unavoidable circumstances, a grade of "I" is assigned. An "I" has no associated point value and is not calculated as part of the GPA. All incomplete grades must be rectified by the time specified by the instructor. This must be no later than six weeks from the time it is incurred except with the express written permission of the Dean of Students. If this does not occur, then the grade is calculated without the missing work. Prospective graduates must make up all outstanding incomplete grades at least six weeks prior to graduation.

Audit: The designation of "AU" is given when a course is audited rather than taken for credit. Auditors can change their registration and take a course for credit until the end of the third week of the course. Students who do not regularly attend a registered course for audit receive a "WP" on their transcript instead of "AU."