Grading Information

Grading System

Westminster uses the following grades for the mid-semester and semester grade reports:

Letter Grade Grade Points Per Credit Hour
A, A- Excellent
B+, B, B- Above Average
C+, C, C- Average
D+, D, D- Poor
F Failure
CR Credit
NC No Credit
W Withdrawn
WF Withdrawn Failing
AU Audit
I Incomplete
T Temporary
EX Exceeds Project Standards (PBBA)
M Meets Project Standards (PBBA)
DN Does Not Meet Project Standards (PBBA)


Grades of NC, W, AU, T, and I yield no credit toward graduation and are not computed in the grade point average.

Grades of NC or I may not be used to replace any previous grade for a course.

“T” grades are intended to be a short-term, temporary grade to clear the registration for a given term and should only be used for senior projects, graduate or undergraduate thesis work, flight training courses, continuing registration coursework, and internships that require a very short extension only. “T” grades should be resolved and replaced with regular grades within one week of the end of the term except in the case of flight training courses. “T” grades are not intended to take the place of an incomplete grade when the student meets the criteria for an incomplete (see page 87) and should not be used for regular coursework when the student has failed to take a final examination or turn in final coursework that would otherwise result in a lowered grade.

Grade Points and Grade Point Average

A student’s academic standing is expressed by a grade point average. Grade points are assigned as shown below:

Letter Grade Grade 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+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0

 

Calculating the Grade Point Average

The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the sum of grade points earned by the total number of hours earned. All hours taken at Westminster are counted except those for which a mark of CR, NC, W, AU, T, or I is recorded. Hours transferred from other academic institutions count for credit only; they do not count in the grade point average.

Grade Changes

Changes to final grades submitted to the Registrar’s Office are only made in the case of instructor error and require the signatures of the instructor, the dean of the appropriate school, and the Provost.
Grade Reports

Grade reports are available on WebAdvisor at the end of each semester or term. Individual course grade rosters are not posted. Students needing additional copies of grade reports for reimbursement programs or other verifications may obtain additional copies from the Registrar’s Office.
Credit/No Credit Option

Students may elect to take a maximum of two courses on a credit/no credit basis. However, students must earn passing letter grades in courses applied toward their majors or minors. Therefore, if a student chooses to elect credit/no credit on a course that is required in his or her major or minor, the student will need to repeat that course in a future semester. Courses offered only on a credit/no credit basis are excluded from these limitations.

Students who declare a major or minor in a given subject after having taken a course in that subject on a credit/no credit basis may be required by their major or minor department to retake the course for a letter grade.

Students who take courses credit/no credit must perform work at the level of C- or higher to receive credit. Grades of credit/no credit are not included in GPA calculations.