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Grading System

A – excellent (given only to students of superior ability and attainment)
B – good (given only to students who are well above average, but not in the highest group)
C – fair (average for undergraduate students)
D – poor but passing (cannot be counted for graduate credit)
F – failure
I – incomplete
W – withdrawal from a course before the date specified in the University Calendar
WU – withdrawal from the University doing unsatisfactory work
P – pass (see Pass-Fail Grading below)
X – auditor, no grade and no credit
CR – credit but no grade
PR – progress. Final grade at end of the second semester (HSC)
S – satisfactory
U – unsatisfactory (equivalent to F)
UF – unforgivable F, not eligible for D/F repeat policy

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Pass-Fail Grading

Pass-fail grading encourages you to take elective courses not related to your degree concentration. Pass-fail grading also facilitates grading in competency-based courses which may be an integral part of your program.

Student Option

Any full-time student who has completed 15 hours or more and who has maintained a 2.0 grade-point average may take a maximum of four hours each semester or summer session on a pass-fail basis. Any course taken on a pass-fail basis must be a free elective. You are limited to a total of 18 hours of pass-fail credit in your collegiate career. Unless otherwise indicated, courses in your major, courses in other subjects that are required by the major, and courses taken to satisfy University, college, school, or departmental requirements are excluded from pass-fail. For example, courses elected to satisfy the English, Liberal Studies Program (LSP), or foreign language requirements may not be taken for pass-fail grading.

If you elect a course on a pass-fail basis, you are graded as a regular student. The instructor turns in the appropriate letter grade to the Office of the University Registrar. This letter grade is then converted to a P on the basis of A, B, C, or D for a pass and F for a fail. The grade of P does not affect your grade-point average. However, any F grade affects your grade-point average whether it is a regular grade or a pass-fail grade.

You choose the option of pass-fail grading for a course during the registration period. Once the registration period has ended, you may not change the grade status in the course.

College or School Option

A department or unit may designate any performance-based or competency-based course as exclusively pass-fail. To institute this, the college or school must have the approval of the Faculty Senate. Courses offered only as pass-fail are not included in the maximum of 18 hours that may be freely elected under the student option.

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Grade Points

Each letter grade has a numeric value. Grade points are based on this number value and the credit-hour value of the course.

A – 4
B – 3
C – 2
D – 1
F – 0
I – 0
U – 0

The grade-point average is computed on all work for which you registered, with the following exceptions:

  • Courses with a grade of W, WU, P, S, and X carry no grade value. The grade of incomplete (I) initially carries no grade value.
  • If you are working toward teacher certification, you are responsible for every registration in a course in which the grade of A, B, C, D, F, WU, P, X, or I is received.

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GPA Calculations

Students like to know how to calculate their overall and semester grade-point averages. The following example shows how to do it. Assume you are registered for 16 hours and receive the following grades in these courses:

English B Mathematics A
Geology C Political Science B
Spanish D Orientation P

Course Credit Grade Grade Value Credit x Grade Value Grade Points
English 3 B 3 3×3 =9
Geology 3 C 2 2×3 =6
Spanish 3 D 1 3×1 =3
Math 3 A 4 3×4 =12
Political Science 3 B 3 3×3 =9
Orientation 1 P 0 1×0 =0

1. Multiply the credit by the grade value to get the grade points earned for each course.
2. Add the Total Grade Points, in this case, 39.
3. Divide the Total Grade Points by the total credit hours with a grade value.
Remember that P grades have no grade value, so in this case, there are 15 credit hours for the GPA calculation. 39 divided by 15 = grade-point average of 2.6.

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D/F Repeat Policy

WVU has a D/F repeat policy for undergraduate students who have not received their initial baccalaureate degree. If a student earns a D or F in a course at WVU or at any school in the WV State System and the course is taken no later than the semester or summer term in which the student completes the sixtieth hour (including any class in which the student earns a grade and transfer classes), the student may “D/F repeat” that course. The course can be repeated only at WVU Morgantown or at one of WVU’s divisional campuses. Students have only one opportunity to improve their original grades under the D/F repeat policy. The new grade becomes the grade that counts toward the student’s cumulative GPA and credit hours for graduation, even if the repeated course grade is lower than the original grade in the course. The D/F repeat policy will be enacted any time an eligible course is repeated.

When a course is D/F repeated, the following procedure occurs:

1. The original grade is disregarded for the purpose of determining the overall GPA, it is marked as excluded (E) in the semester that the student originally took the course.

2. The original grade is not deleted from the student’s permanent record.

3. The second grade is entered on the student’s transcript and marked as included (I) in the semester that the course was repeated.

4. Grades of Unforgivable F (UF) are not eligible for D/F repeat. Such a failure is indicated on the student’s permanent record by an UF and is calculated in the GPA.

Courses repeated, but not eligible for the provisions of the D/F repeat policy follow this procedure:

1. The original grade is included in determining the overall GPA. It is excluded from earned or degree hours and is marked with an (A).

2. The original grade is not deleted from the student’s permanent record.

3. The second grade is entered on the student’s transcript and marked as included (I) in the semester that the course was repeated.

4. Courses repeated more than once are handled the same way with the final attempt carrying earned or degree hours. All attempts are used for determining the GPA.

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Graduation Honors

All candidates for a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in the ranges below will graduate with the corresponding honors:

Summa Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.8

Magna Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.6 but less than 3.8

Cum Laude – Cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.4 but less than 3.6

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