Undergraduate Grading System

Both term and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs) are calculated after the completion of each term. GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade quality points earned (multiply quality points by number of quarter credit hours) by the total number of quarter credit hours attempted.

Dean's List
In recognition of their scholastic achievement, full-time undergraduate students who have achieved a term GPA of 3.40 or above are awarded Dean's List status. Dean's List notification is mailed from each Dean's office to students achieving Dean's List status.

September 1985 to present (note: not all grades are used by all colleges or schools):

Grade
Grade Range
Quality Points
Used in GPA
A+ 95-100
4.00
yes
A
90-94
4.00
yes 
B+
85-89
3.50
yes 
B
80-84
3.00
yes 
C+
75-79
2.50
yes 
C
70-74
2.00
yes 
D+
65-69
1.50
yes 
D
60-64
1.00
yes 
F
0-59
0.00
yes 
W
Withdrawal
0.00
yes 
WF
Withdrawal/Fail
0.00  yes 
WP
Withdrawal/Pass no
I
Incomplete
no 
NC
No Credit
no 
NG
No Grade
no 
GP
Grade Pending
no 
AU
Audit
no 
P
Proficiency
no 
S/U
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (after Sept 2000)
no 
PL
Prior Learning Assessment (prior to Sept 2000) no 
CX
Challenge Exam Credit  
no 

Failure (F)
Issued if a student fails to achieve adequate scholastic progress. The grade is recorded permanently on the student's academic personal record. Upon successful completion of the course at a later date, the cumulative average is adjusted to reflect only the passing grade. However, both grades will appear on the academic transcript. F grades will be counted as attempted but not earned credits for the purposes of determining satisfactory academic progress. This system allows students to recover academically from poor terms and graduate within a reasonable amount of time.

Withdrawal (W), Withdrawal/Pass (WP), Withdrawal/Fail (WF)
In order to record attempted credits (including for purposes of determining satisfactory academic progress), a grade of W, WP, or WF is recorded when a student withdraws, or is withdrawn from a culinary/pastry laboratory course or a course with an experiential education component due to excessive absences, from a registered course after its add/drop period has ended. A W is a punitive and failing grade issued at the instructor’s discretion as a result of misconduct, and is entered permanently into the term and cumulative grade point averages. In order to qualify for a WP, the student must have an estimated grade of 60 or higher at the time of withdrawal. This grade is not entered into the term and cumulative grade point averages. If the estimated grade is below 60, the student will be issued a WF, which is entered into the term and cumulative grade point averages as a failing grade until successful completion of the course at a later date. W, WP and WF grades will be counted as attempted but not earned credits for the purposes of determining satisfactory academic progress.

For a complete explanation of the Grading System, refer to the Providence Student Handbook.