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Grading System

A grade will be given in each course and that grade will reflect the student’s progress and achievement in knowledge of the subject, ability to apply this knowledge, and work habits and practices. Grades will be awarded on the four-point system, and translate basically as follows:

Grade Quality Grade Numerical Grade Grade Point
A Superior 90-100 4.0 per credit hour
B Excellent 80-89 3.0 per credit hour
C Average 70-79 2.0 per credit hour
D Below Average 60-69 1.0 per credit hour
F Failure below 60 no credit hour
FN Failure-Lack of Attendance no credit hour

The cumulative grade ranges above indicate levels of achievement normally required to achieve the corresponding grade.

In all cases, decisions concerning final grades for courses are the responsibility of the individual instructor. Certain programs and courses may require a slightly different grading scale. The following grades are not included in grade point averages:


AP Advanced Placement
AU Audit
DZ Fresh Start D Grade
FZ Fresh Start F Grade
I Incomplete
IP Course in Progress
MC Military Credit – Other
MN MathStart Not Passed
MP MathStart Passed
MT Military Transfer Assurance Guide (MTAG)
NC Non Credit
NP Not Passed (Failure) in Credit/No Credit Course
NR Grade Not Received
OT Other Non-Institutional Credit
P Passed in Credit/No Credit Course
P Passed in Credit by Examination
PO Prior Learning Assessment – Certification/Credentialed Experience
PP Prior Learning Assessment – Portfolio Review
S Satisfactory
TA Transfer Credit with an A
TB Transfer Credit with a B
TC Transfer Credit with a C
TD Transfer Credit with a D
TR Transfer Credit
U Unsatisfactory
VC Vocational Education Credit
W Withdrawal
WV Waived Credit

Grade Point Average (GPA) Quality points are determined by multiplying the credit hours for a course by the points earned as shown above for each mark. A student’s grade point average is obtained by dividing the total number of quality points by number of hours excluding courses for which the marks of NP, IP, TR, TA, TB, TC, TD, LL, P, S, AU, W, or U are recorded. For an example on how to determine a GPA, please refer to the student handbook.