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The University of Central Missouri uses the following grading system to evaluate a student’s work:
A – Work of marked excellence.
B – Work of superior quality.
C – Work of average quality.
D – Work of inferior quality.
F – Failure to do work of passing quality.
CR* – Credit for Official Certifications, Licenses, Diplomas, Military Credit, Validated Credit, and Work Experience (does not impact GPA; limited to 30 hours towards a degree).
LD** – Designates a Late Withdrawal of a course (but not the entire semester schedule), granted for extenuating circumstances after the published last day to withdraw (does not impact GPA).
LW** – Designates a Late Withdrawal of a complete semester’s schedule, granted for extenuating circumstances after the published last day to withdraw (does not impact GPA).
NC – No credit granted for course (does not impact GPA).
NR -- No grade was reported by the instructor.
P – Work of passing quality in a Pass/Fail Course (does not impact GPA; limited to 9 hours towards a degree).
SC* – Credit by examination (AP/IB/CLEP), etc. (does not impact GPA; limited to 30 hours towards a degree).
U – Course not completed for justifiable reasons (does not impact GPA). All U grades must be resolved prior to graduation.
W – Course dropped during withdrawal period (does not impact GPA).
WP*** – Work was of passing quality at time of approved withdrawal (does not impact GPA).
WF*** – Work was of failing quality at time of approved withdrawal (does impact GPA).
* CR and SC credits do not count towards residency hours or upper-level hours requirements. Up to 30 hours of each type, CR and SC, may be applied to a degree program.
**Courses approved for a late withdrawal beginning Fall 2012 are denoted with an LD or LW grade.
***Courses approved for a late withdrawal prior to Fall 2012 are denoted with a WP or WF grade.
Grade Point Average Computation
In order to compute the cumulative grade-point average, total quality points earned are divided by the total GPA hours attempted. Each semester hour is assigned a grade-point value as indicated below:
Each semester hour of A is assigned 4 quality points
Each semester hour of B is assigned 3 quality points
Each semester hour of C is assigned 2 quality points
Each semester hour of D is assigned 1 quality point
Each semester hour of F or WF is assigned 0 quality points
Each semester hour of CR, P, LD, LW, W, WP, NC, SC, or U is not considered in the GPA calculation
Example: A 3 credit hour class in which you earn an A is worth 12 quality points (3 credit hours x 4 quality points).
What is the difference between my UCM grade point average and my cumulative grade point average?
Your UCM grade point average includes only those courses which you completed at UCM. Your cumulative grade point average includes both your credits at UCM and your credits at any other colleges you may have attended. To graduate from UCM, both your UCM and cumulative grade point averages must be at least 2.00 (some majors, minors, and degree programs require higher GPAs).
If I do coursework at another college, do the grades count?
Yes they do. While the grades will not affect your UCM grade point average, these grades will be part of your transfer grade point average and your cumulative grade point average (which includes both your credits from UCM and your credits at other colleges you have attended).
How do I calculate my semester grade point average?