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Grading System

Grades and Grade Points: Symbols used in grading 

Grade Description Grade Points
A Excellent 4
B Well above average 3
C Average 2
D Below average but passing 1
F Failure 0
AU Audit 01
CR Credit only-letter grade C or better 01
I Incomplete 01
NC No credit 01
IP In Progress 01
NR Not recorded 01
P Credit only-letter grade of D 01
W Withdrawn 01
S Satisfactory 01
U Unsatisfactory 01

A/Credit/Pass/Fail Option

Under certain circumstances, undergraduate students have the option to elect to enroll in a course for a grade or for A/Credit/Pass/Fail. A student may enroll in only one A/Credit/Pass/Fail course per semester. To enroll in a course under the A/Credit/Pass/Fail option, a student must have completed 24 semester credit hours with at least a 2.0 GPA. Courses in a student’s major (including minor and correlate courses) cannot be taken for A/Credit/Pass/Fail without written permission from the appropriate department chair or dean on file in the Student One Stop (SOS).

If the student earns an A in the course, this is recorded on the transcript. If the student earns a grade of B, C, or D this is recorded as CR (earned grade of B or C) or P (earned grade of D) on the transcript, and is not figured in the student’s cumulative grade point average. If the student fails the course, a grade of F is recorded, and this grade is figured in the student’s cumulative grade point average. Students must present a minimum of 84 graded hours (i.e., hours in which an A/B/C/D, or F was received) for graduation with a Bachelor’s degree, or a minimum of 42 graded hours for an Associate’s degree.

Subject to the provisions above, a student may elect graded or A/Credit/Pass/Fail status for a course at any time during the period in which that student may elect to withdraw from that course. Please see the academic calendar at www.washburn.edu/academic-calendar for specific deadline dates.

Certain courses may not be taken for grade, but may only be taken pass/fail. The above policy does not pertain to such courses.

Repetition of Courses

Undergraduate courses may be repeated. The transcript will contain a complete record of all courses taken and grades earned. Courses for which grades of Ds and Fs are recorded can be retaken without departmental approval; courses for which a grade of C, or credit, or higher are recorded will require departmental approval prior to registration. The transcript will contain a complete record of all courses taken and grades earned. The repeated and not the original grade will be included in determining the cumulative grade point average. However, after a student has repeated the same course three times, or has repeated three different courses, that student must have the permission of his/her academic dean before repeating any course.