Grading System

The grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing honor points earned by credits attempted. Any courses failed will be charged as credits attempted through the final calculation of a student's grade point average.

A minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average both overall and in the core curriculum is required to graduate with a baccalaureate degree. Some majors require a higher cumulative grade point average for graduation and program retention. Students should consult individual academic program descriptions for major requirements.

Grades

 

Honor Points Per Credit Hour

A

 

4.0

A–

 

3.7

B+

 

3.3

B

 

3.0

B–

 

2.7

C+

 

2.3

C

 

2.0

C–

 

1.7

D

 

1.0

F

 

0.0

I

Incomplete

Not calculated

AU

Audit

Not calculated

W

Withdrawn

Not calculated

IP

In progress

Not calculated

S

Satisfactory: pass

Not calculated

U

Unsatisfactory: fail

Not calculated

Please note the following implications of this grading system:

  1. A grade of "W" is given to students who withdraw prior to the end of the withdraw period. As noted in the university calendar, no academic penalty is incurred. Withdrawal forms may be obtained from the registrar's office or online through the e-MU portal. The date on which the form is received by the registrar's office is considered as the date of withdrawal. The tuition refund and grade assignment are based on this date (see refund policy).
  2. If a student does not officially withdraw from a course and ceases to attend it, a grade of "F" is incurred, except in extenuating circumstances.
  3. An "Incomplete" grade (which is recorded as an "I" on the academic record) will be issued only for those courses in which a student has not completed the necessary requirements because of extenuating circumstances, such as a medical or family emergency. The student's inability to complete required work in a timely fashion is not an acceptable reason for granting an Incomplete. An Incomplete will not count toward completed credits or be factored into the student's semester or cumulative grade point average. It is the responsibility of the undergraduate student to contract with the instructor in writing to apply for an Incomplete grade. It is the exclusive purview of the instructor to determine if the Incomplete is to be granted. All contracted requirements for the Incomplete must be completed and submitted to the instructor within six weeks after the end of the semester, or an earlier date determined by the faculty member and agreed upon by the student, or the Incomplete will default to a failing grade.
  4. An "In Progress" grade (which is recorded as an "IP" on the academic record) may only be issued for very specialized courses that lead to the production of a significant final project and often require students to devote additional time beyond the one-semester norm in order to successfully complete the required project (such as a senior thesis, or an Honors Capstone Project). In Progress grades may not be submitted for undergraduate courses that are expected to be completed within a single semester. An In Progress grade will not count toward completed credits or be factored into the student's semester or cumulative grade point average. All requirements for the In Progress course must be completed and submitted to the instructor by the completion of the Final Exam period of the semester that immediately follows the semester in which the In Progress grade was granted, or an earlier date determined by the faculty member and agreed upon by the student, or the In Progress grade will default to a failing grade.
  5. Pass/Fail grading is limited to those courses designated in the university catalog to be on a S/U basis. The letter grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) will be assigned to these courses. S and U grades are listed on the transcript but are not calculated in the grade point average. Credits for these courses are not included in the 12 graded credit hours required for the dean's list.