Grades, Grading, and GPA

Last update: September 2014

The following general guidelines and policies are used for grading and reporting students' work:

Semester Grades

The work of all undergraduate students is graded and reported at the end of each semester. Students may access their semester grades on Self-Service Banner (SSB) within 48 hours of the end of the examination period for that semester.

Three systems are in use for grading and reporting students' work:

Letter Grades and Points
A 4.00 Excellent
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00 Good
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00 Fair
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D 1.00
D- .67 Passing
F .00 Failed

Note: Although D- is a passing grade, a minimum grade of C- is required in General Education courses and, in many programs, courses required by the major.

Credit / No Credit
CR Equivalent to A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, or D-
NC Equivalent to F

Note: In the Credit / No Credit system, no grade points are assigned, but a limited number of credits in courses in which students earn the CR designation counts toward the total credit hours completed. See Credit / No Credit Courses.

Other Transcript Notations
AU Audit
I Incomplete
IC Incomplete in a Credit/No Credit course
IP Incomplete pass/fail course
MG Grade temporarily missing
NR Grade not reported
P Passed grade
PI Permanent incomplete
W Withdrawal from course
WE Withdrawal with approved excuse
WS Withdrawal from the semester (historical)

Credit / No Credit Courses

Eligible students may want to take a course in an area in which they are not proficient or about which they are curious while not risking their grade point average. Such students, with certain provisions, may be graded using the Credit / No Credit (CR/NC) system.

Students may select the CR/NC grading option or return to the traditional grading option only during the first two weeks of each semester, with the written authorization of their advisor and the director of Academic Advising Center.

Eligibility is limited to:

  • matriculated, full-time students
  • those in academic good standing
  • juniors or seniors (60 or more semester hours)
  • transfer students who are retaking a course at Temple for which they have already received a transfer credit*

* If the transfer student earns an NC in the Temple course, the transfer course would then satisfy the requirement according to the School/College transfer rules. Transfer students are limited to a maximum of four CR/NC courses with a limit of one instance per semester.

Courses are restricted to:

  • any non-General Education course
  • one CR/NC course per semester
  • maximum of four CR/NC courses toward the degree

No grade points are assigned to either the CR or NC grade. CR is equivalent to D- or higher. NC is equivalent to F. The semester hours earned are credited toward the total required for graduation. Because CR and NC yield no grade points, they are not included in divisor hours for calculating the grade point average. CR and NC are not included in calculating cumulative credits for determining academic actions specified in the Undergraduate Policy on Academic Warning, Probation, Dismissal and Reinstatement.

Grade Change

No change of final grade for a completed course will be made without the approval of the Office of Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ADAA) of TUJ. ADAA will consider the grade change upon receipt of the instructor's written explanation. No grade will be changed after the baccalaureate degree is awarded.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Each student's transcript indicates the credit hours completed and passed, grade points, and grade point average (GPA).

The GPA also appears on a student's DARS reports or the academic advising document as well as the Self-Service Banner (SSB) and official transcripts.

A student's GPA may be useful in assessing academic progress, in determining eligibility for specific programs, or in determining eligibility for Honors or other awards.

No change in a student's GPA is made after the baccalaureate degree is awarded.

To Compute Semester Grade Point Average:

  1. Multiply the value of the grade (see policy on Semester Grades above) by the course's number of semester hours to get quality points (QPts).
  2. Add the total quality points.
  3. Divide total number of quality points by the total number of GPA hours completed in courses that yield quality points.

Note: Not included in GPA computations: : I, IC, IP, MG, NR, CR, NC, R, P, AU, W, WE, WS, PI. Also see policy on Repeating a Course.

To Compute Cumulative Grade Point Average:

Divide the total number of quality points by the total number of GPA hours completed in courses that yield quality points.

Note: Not included in GPA computations: I, IC, IP, MG, NR, CR, NC, R, P, AU, W, WE, WS, PI. Also see policy on Repeating a Course.

For credit transferred from other institutions, no grade points are allowed. See also Repeating a Course.