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Grading Scale and GPA

In addition to the traditional A-B-C-D-F grades, instructors have the option of assigning several "+" and "-" grades as well. Instructors do not have to use +/- grading, and in some instances it may be their department's policy not to. Check with your instructor if you want to know if he or she is using +/- grading.

Please note:

  1. Only grading scales for undergraduate and graduate level courses are discussed here. Law courses have a separate grading scale; refer to the Law School's Academic Regulations for information.

  2. An A+ is not worth any more quality points than an A. What is the advantage, then? The A+ is recorded on your transcript. If you are interested in pursuing graduate work or entering a professional school (Law, Medical, Pharmacy, etc.), any A+ is likely to help your candidacy.

  3. UM does not assign a "D-" grade.

  4. When you repeat a course, the first attempt is excluded from your Cumulative GPA. Your second attempt and any subsequent attempts are used in calculating your Cumulative GPA. For a fuller discussion of repeated courses, see Repeated Course/GPA Scenarios.

  5. The "W" grade is not used in calculating GPA. (See Grades That Are Not Calculated in the GPA below.)

THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS GRADING SCALE
GRADE QUALITY
POINTS
       A+ 4.00
       A 4.00
       A- 3.84
       B+ 3.33
       B 3.00
       B- 2.67
       C+ 2.33
       C 2.00
       C- 1.67
       D+ 1.33
       D 1.00
       F 0.00

Calculating Your GPA

Your GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of Quality Points you earned by the number of GPA Hours you attempted in courses in which grades of A+ through F are assigned. Grades of AD, CR, I, IP, NC, S, T, U, and W do not have Quality Point values and are, therefore, not included in the GPA calculation. (These grades are discussed below.)

The first attempts of courses that have been repeated are excluded from the cumulative GPA.

Each term, your semester and cumulative GPA will be indicated with your grades. Let's look at an example of calculating your GPA:

 

EXAMPLE: GPA CALCULATION
SUBJECT GPA
HOURS
GRADE
EARNED
QUALITY
POINTS
ENGL 1020 3.00   B+ (3.33) 9.99
PHYS 1002 1.00   A- (3.84) 3.84
PHYS 1020 3.00   C+ (2.33) 6.99
CHEM 1010 4.00   B- (2.67) 10.68
HIST 2020 3.00   A (4.00) 12.00
POLS 1101 3.00   F (0.00) 0.00
  1. Add the GPA Hours: 3 + 1 + 3 + 4 + 3 + 3 =17.00 hours

  2. Determine your total Quality Points:

    • For each course, multiply the number of GPA Hours for that course times the number of Quality Points indicated on the grading scale above. Example: ENGL 1020 is a 3.00-hour course. Multiply 3.00 hours x 3.33 (the Quality Points for a B+); the product will be 9.99 Quality Points earned for ENGL 1020.

    • Add the Quality Points for all courses: 9.99 + 3.84 + 6.99 + 10.68 + 12.00 + 0 = 43.50 Quality Points.
  1. Divide the total Quality Points by the total GPA Hours to determine your GPA: 43.50 / 17 = 2.55 (GPA is carried to two decimal places, with no rounding).

Repeated Courses and Your GPA

Most courses can be repeated. Learn the rules governing repeated courses and how repeats can affect your GPA by going to Repeated Course/GPA Scenarios.

Viewing Your GPA

You can view your current GPA by calling up your Academic Transcript (Unofficial Transcript).

Also, once a semester's grades are official, you can view your latest GPA by clicking on the "Final" link in the lower right-hand corner of the Student Grades channel.

Cumulative Statistics

Please note that the cumulative statistics you view online are the most recent cumulative statistics. Even if you choose to view a past term's grades, the cumulative statistics will be current through the last term you completed. For example, if you view Fall 2007 grades, the cumulative statistics shown with Fall 2007 will include any additional credits and grades earned during later semesters.

Lottery Scholarships (Undergraduates Only)

The GPA used to determine your continued eligibility for Lottery Scholarships is not the same as your UM GPA. Your Lottery GPA can be lower than your UM GPA. Your Lottery GPA takes into account all of your attempts at a particular course whereas your UM GPA will only count the second and successive attempts at a repeated course. Lottery rules allow only one repeated course to be deducted from the Lottery GPA calculation.

Also, you need to be aware that Lottery rules stipulate that "W" grades are figured into your Lottery Scholarship eligibility. Any course in which you receive a "W" grade, is considered an attempted course for Lottery purposes. "W" grades are not used in calculating your Lottery GPA, but the "W" hours do count toward the maximum hours allowed by a Hope Lottery Scholarship.

Grading Scale in Individual Courses

The grading scale of each course (i.e., the number of points required in that course to earn an A, a B, etc.) is determined by the instructor of the course. This information should appear in the syllabus you receive for the course.

Re-calculation of GPA by Professional Services & Professional/Graduate Schools

Some professional evaluation services (e.g., AMCAS, LSDAS) and professional or graduate schools may re-calculate the grade point average according to their grading scale and guidelines.

Grades That Are Not Calculated in the GPA

The following grades have no quality point values.

AU Audit. The "AU" grade is assigned to you if you had permission to register in a course on an audit basis and if you met the instructor's standards for both attendance and class participation.
CR Credit Received. The "CR" grade indicates satisfactory completion of a course in which you had permission to register on a credit/no-credit basis.
I Incomplete. The "I" grade indicates that you have not completed the course for some unavoidable reason that is acceptable to the instructor. If you are an undergraduate student, you must complete the work within forty-five (45) days from the end of the semester or the grade will change to an "F". If you are a graduate student, you have ninety (90) days from the end of the semester in which to complete the work.
IP In Progress. The "IP" grade may be used in certain research courses to allow you time to complete projects, field work, etc. Most courses graded IP require you to re-enroll in the course the following term.
NC No Credit. The "NC" grade indicates unsatisfactory completion of a course in which you had permission to register on a credit/no-credit basis.
S Satisfactory. The "S" grade is limited to certain types of courses approved for S/U grading, such as practicum, research, dissertation, etc.
SA Satisfactory. The "SA" grade is used to indicate the satisfactory completion of a thesis, dissertation, or capstone project. It is assigned only for the final enrollment. The "IP" grade is assigned for all prior enrollments in thesis, dissertation, or capstone project. 
T Continuing. The "T" grade is used in certain pre-approved courses in which the completion time varies and may exceed the regular enrollment period. If you receive a "T" grade, you must enroll in the course again the following semester in order to receive credit.
U Unsatisfactory. The "U" grade is limited to certain types of courses approved for S/U grading, such as practicum, research, dissertation, etc.
W The "W" grade indicates that you dropped the class. (Technically, the "W" stands for "Withdrew from the course," but essentially it means you dropped the course.)

With regard to both your UM and Lottery GPAs, a "W" is not punitive because it has no quality point value. However, "W" grades can affect your continued Lottery Scholarship eligibility since they count in the total number of hours allowed under the scholarship. Please read "Lottery Scholarships (Undergraduates Only)" above.

 

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