Grades & GPA

Grading Chart

Letter GradePerformanceGrade Points per Semester Hour
A Superior 4.0
B Good 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Poor 1.0
E Failure (end Spring 2005) 0.0
F Failure (start Summer 2005) 0.0
WF Withdrawal-Failure (end Fall 2004) 0.0
  Other Grades and Symbols not used in GPA calculation  
AU Audit  
AW Administrative Withdrawal  
CIP Course in Progress
Satisfactory for Proficiency, CLEP, Advanced Placement, & courses taken Pass/No Credit
CR Credit  
I Incomplete  
NC No Credit for courses taken Pass/No Credit  
NR Not Reported  
R Course Repeated  
S Satisfactory  
U Unsatisfactory  
W Withdrawal  
Z Drop grace period (start Summer 2014)  
Students may repeat any ECC course at the regular cost of the course under certain conditions. More

Calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grade Point Average (GPA) - indicates the quality of a student’s work for one semester.

Cumulative GPA - indicates the quality of all work a student has completed at the college through one or more semesters for courses that are numbered 100 and above only.

  • A, B, C, D, E, WF and F - used in the calculation of a GPA.
  • W, AW, S, U, AU, CR and NC - not used in the calculation of a GPA.
  • I (incomplete) - used in the calculation when completed within 120 calendar days after the last day of the semester. A failing grade (F) will be recorded by the college registrar for courses not completed. Under extreme circumstances, a student may obtain an extension if the instructor involved files a formal, written extension form in the Records office.

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CourseGradeGrade Value Semester Hours Total Grade Points
ENG 101 B 3 x 3 = 9
PSY 100 A 4 x 3 = 12
MTH 112 C 2 x 4 = 8
BIO 110 D 1 x 4 = 4
PHC 170 A 4 x 1 = 4
  Total: 15 sem. hrs. Total: 37 grade points
GPA: 37 / 15 = 2.466.
Proficiency credit & CLEP from ECC appear on the transcript but do not carry a grade value and do not affect a GPA.

Lower than 2.0 GPA or Suspension

Satisfactory academic progress is defined as the attainment of a 2.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

Grade Reports

All students receive a semester cumulative grade report at the end of every semester or session unless they have an outstanding financial obligation to the college. Final grades are recorded on the student’s permanent record in the Registration and Records Office.

Midterm grade reports are sent to students. Students receiving a D or an F at midterm should meet with their instructor, counselor, or tutor.

Final grades for developmental and general studies courses do not appear on a student’s official college transcript and are not counted in the official grade point average (GPA), but they are mailed to the student. Those grades will appear on a "mixed" transcript or "all history" transcript.

Students with outstanding financial obligations to the college at the end of a semester do not receive a final grade report until the obligation is paid.


Get Familiar with Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy for those receiving financial aid.