Grading System

In courses graded with a letter, Clarkson College faculty may assign grades from the following possible letter grades: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F, P (Pass), NP (No Pass), W (Withdrawal), WP (Withdrawal Pass) or WF (Withdrawal Fail). Each letter grade for courses completed at Clarkson College carries Quality Grade Points, used for calculating a student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), according to the following schedule:

A+ = 4.00 quality grade points D = 1.00 quality grade points
A = 4.00 quality grade points F = 0.00 quality grade points
A- = 3.67 quality grade points W = 0.00 quality grade points
B+ = 3.33 quality grade points WP = 0.00 quality grade points
B = 3.00 quality grade points WF = 0.00 quality grade points
B- = 2.67 quality grade points P = 0.00 quality grade points
C+ = 2.33 quality grade points NP = 0.00 quality grade points
C = 2.00 quality grade points I = 0.00 quality grade points
C- = 1.67 quality grade points IP = 0.00 quality grade points

A grade of “D,” “F” or “NP” in undergraduate major or support courses is consid­ered failing. A grade of “C,” “D,” “F” or “NP” in graduate coursework is consid­ered failing.

Grade Point Average

The Grade Point Average (GPA) system is used to determine the student’s academic progress toward graduation. A student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is based upon cumulative course grades completed at Clarkson College. The CGPA can be calculated by dividing the total number of semester credit hours attempted into the number of Total Quality Grade Points Earned (see “Letter Grades and Quality Grade Points” in this section of the catalog). The CGPA is not affected by “P,” “NP,” “AU,” “CR,” “I,” “NC,” “W,” “WP” or “WF.”

P = Pass NC = No Credit
NP = No pass W = Withdrawal
AU = Audit WP = Withdrawal Pass
CR = Credit WF = Withdrawal Fail
I = Incomplete GPA = Total quality grade points earned
divided by total semester hours attempted
IP = In Progress    

All courses taken at Clarkson College within the same division (undergraduate or graduate) will be included in the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

An undergraduate student must maintain a 2.0 CGPA for successful completion of the program of study. Major, support and core courses within the major must be repeated if coursework is not successfully completed. A student who has failed to maintain a 2.0 CGPA in any given semester will be placed on academic probation.

Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 CGPA for successful completion of the program of study. A grade of "C," "D," "F" or "NP" indicates failure of that course, and the course must be repeated. A student who fails to maintain a 3.0 CGPA in any given semester will be placed on academic probation.

An undergraduate student may remove a "D" or "F" grade and a graduate student may remove a "C," "D" or "F" grade from the CGPA by repeating the course. Both courses will permanently remain on the academic record/transcript, but only the higher grade (or most recent for duplicate grades) will be used in calculating the CGPA.

A student may remove a grade from the CGPA by repeating the course. Both courses will permanently remain on the academic record/transcript, but only the higher grade (or most recent for duplicate grades) will be used in calculating the CGPA.