Grading System

Semester grades are recorded by letter only (e.g., A, A-, B+). Each letter grade equals a certain number of grade points per credit. A grade of B in a three-credit course equals nine grade points, as illustrated by the following scale of grades and grade points:

Grade Grade Points Per Credit
A (excellent) 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B (good) 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C (fair) 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D (poor) 1.00
D- 0.67
F (fail) 0.00

The following symbols are used as grades where grade points are not assigned:

CO — Audited course completed

IA — Audited course not completed

I — Incomplete

R — Repeat

Used in developmental English and Mathematics courses, and in ENG 101 and MAT 105, when the student is making progress, but has not mastered the subject and must repeat the course.

S — Satisfactory

Passing grade for courses taken on a pass/fail basis.

U — Unsatisfactory

Failing grade for courses taken on a pass/fail basis.

W — Withdraw

Recorded opposite the course number and title on the academic transcript for any course dropped after the end of the second week of classes for a semester course or after the end of the first week for courses less than 12 weeks in length, and before the deadline for dropping courses. Only a statement of withdrawal will be recorded when students withdraw from an entire program.

The following symbols may appear following the number of credits:

N — Course offered for non-degree credit

H — Course taken for Honors credit

A — Course audited


An Incomplete (I) may be recorded for a student carrying a passing grade in a class until near the end of the semester and who then, because of substantiated cause beyond the student's control, is unable to take the final exam or complete a limited amount of term work. It is the student's responsibility to request an Incomplete or to consult with the instructor regarding the possibility of receiving an Incomplete.

In addition to submitting an Incomplete, the instructor also will submit a grade to be recorded as a permanent grade in the course if the student fails to remove the Incomplete.

Students are responsible for consulting with their instructor about the work to be completed. The instructor will file a detailed report of the work to be completed to allow the student to finish the course. The format of the report and the filing place are determined by each UW Colleges campus.

The student must remove the Incomplete before the end of the next semester. If the student and instructor agree, an exception to the time limit may be made in writing to the campus Student Services Office. If the Incomplete is removed within the time limit, it will be replaced by the tentative grade indicated by the instructor. The student may elect to remove the Incomplete by repeating the course, in which case the regulations for repeating courses will apply.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

A grade point average (GPA) indicates the quality of a student's work. The highest possible GPA is 4.0, representing an A grade in each credit course attempted; the lowest GPA, 0.0, represents an F grade in every credit course attempted. The GPA is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credits attempted.

Courses in which students receive a grade of CO, IA, I, R, S, U or W are not counted when determining GPA. Once a student completes a course in which originally a grade of Incomplete was received, the credits and points associated with the new grade will be included when figuring the cumulative GPA.

Dean's List

Each UW Colleges campus may publish a Dean's List to honor students with high GPAs. Dean's List honors will be awarded to full-time students carrying at least 12 semester credits used to determine GPA as detailed below. Dean's List honors will be awarded to part-time students who have earned at least 15 credits with a cumulative average of 3.5 and who carry a minimum of three semester credits used in determining GPA, and earn a semester GPA as detailed below. Honors will be awarded to full-time students carrying fewer than 12 semester GPA credits who meet the conditions described for part-time students. Part-time status will be identified on the Dean's List. A student may request that his or her name be omitted from the public announcement of the Dean's List.


Grade point average of 3.50 - 3.74

High Honors

Grade point average of 3.75 - 3.99

Highest Honors

Grade point average of 4.00

Mid-term and Final Grades

Usually by the end of the ninth week of the semester, mid-term grades will be made available to students informing them of their progress. The specific mechanisms for collecting and distributing mid-term grades are determined by each UW Colleges campus.

Final grades must be reported by instructors within four working days after the final examination. Final grades and any probationary or suspension action can be viewed online via a "View My Grades" function in PRISM at the end of the semester and/or Summer session and/or Winterim, approximately six working days after the last final examination.

Final Examinations

Final examinations will be given at the time designated in the examination schedule published in the campus course schedule. Students, who have more than two examinations on one day or two examinations scheduled at the same time, must make arrangements at least one week in advance with one of the professors to take one examination at an alternate time. If informal arrangements cannot be made, the instructor in the class with the lowest enrollment shall provide an alternate examination time.