Grades

Grading System

Per UWF REG 3.031, grades will be reported in the following manner:

Grade Description Grade Points
A Outstanding 4.00
A- Outstanding 3.70
B+ Above average 3.30
B Above average 3.00
B- Above average 2.70
C+ Average 2.30
C Average 2.00
C- Average 1.70
D+ Below average 1.30
D Below average 1.00
F Failure 0.00
NF Non-attending/Fail 0.00
U Unsatisfactory 0.00
CR Credit Awarded - Accelerated **
G Deferred (Thesis/Dissertation only) **
I Incomplete **
I* Grade Not Reported **
P Pass **
S Satisfactory **
TR Withdrawal with full refund **
AW Administrative Withdrawal **
W Withdrawn **
WR Withdrawal and partial refund of fees **
X Audit **
XX No Grade **

Student teaching, practica, and special courses are graded as satisfactory or unsatisfactory ("S" or "U"). Other courses at the undergraduate level only may be taken under a pass or fail ("P" or "F") option.  Pass or Fail (P/F) grades are not utilized for graduate courses.

In computation of the required grade point average (GPA) for academic standing and conferral of a degree, the total number of quality points (grade points multiplied by course semester hour credits) is divided by the total number of semester hours for which letter grades are received (see the Grading System for grade points table above). All academic requirements tied to a specific grade average should be interpreted to mean the numerical average associated with that specific grade. Hence, the required “C average or better” is interpreted as “2.0 average or better.”

Course work completed in any student classification (including non-degree) will be included in the undergraduate or graduate GPA as determined by the level of the course.

Pass/Fail Grading Option

Per UWF REG 3.031 with the approval of the student’s assigned Academic Advisor, undergraduate students may take selected courses on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis. The Pass/Fail option may not be used for any University or departmentally required courses.

To utilize the Pass/Fail option the Grade Mode Change form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the end of the drop/add period for the course part of term. It is the responsibility of the student to understand the restrictions and implications surrounding usage of Pass/Fail grades.

Students should see their advisors for advice of courses to be taken on the pass/fail basis. Courses taken with the pass/fail option may not be used to fulfill General Education requirements, other University requirements, or to fulfill the student’s intended major requirements. However, the foreign language admission requirement may be taken on the pass/fail option.

No more than six semester hours or two courses (whichever is greater in credit) per degree may be taken on the pass/fail basis. A failed course taken on the pass/fail basis counts as part of the maximum six semester hours and is computed in the GPA. Courses graded only on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis are not considered as part of the allowable six semester hours of pass/fail.

Students may change from the pass/fail system in any course to the conventional letter grade system before the end of the tenth week of a fall or spring semester. Courses changed from the pass/fail grading system to the conventional letter grade system prior to the published deadline do not count as part of the six semester hours or two courses permitted to be taken on the pass/fail basis.

Audit Grading

With the approval of the student’s assigned Academic Advisor, students may choose to audit a course using the Grade Mode Change form 

Instructors are not required to grade the work of students auditing a course. No credit is earned for an audit course. Students may change from the audit to the conventional letter grade system on or before the end of the fourth week of a fall or spring semester (see Academic Dates and Deadline). Students must have the instructor's permission to change to an audit after the end of the drop/add period.

Out-of-State fees are not assessed for audit courses. Out-of-State students changing from audit to the conventional letter grade system will be assessed out-of-state fees.

**Passed by UWF Faculty Senate: 07/01/1999

Grade Point Average (GPA) Types

All three GPA types listed below are reflected on the unofficial and official UWF transcripts.  

Institutional/University Cumulative (UWF) GPA: 

The institutional cumulative (UWF) GPA is the sum of all UWF quality points earned divided by the number of all UWF hours attempted (except for those hours with grades of CR, G, I, I*, P, S, TR, AW, W, WR, X, XX or *, and UWF hours repeated for which the grade forgiveness or term forgiveness policy was subsequently invoked). The resulting quotient is the total institutional cumulative (UWF) GPA.

The UWF cumulative GPA is the determining GPA used for degree completion and conferral of degrees.

Total Transfer GPA:  

The total transfer GPA is calculated using those courses UWF considers transferable. The sum of quality points earned in transferable courses from other institutions is divided by the number of semester hours transferable from other institutions. The resulting quotient is the total transfer GPA.

Overall Cumulative GPA: 

The overall cumulative GPA is the sum of all quality points earned at UWF and in transferable courses from other institutions is divided by the number of all UWF hours attempted (except those hours with grades of grades of CR, G, I, I*, P, S, TR, AW, W, WR, X, XX or *, and UWF hours repeated for which the grade forgiveness or term forgiveness policy was subsequently invoked) plus the number of semester hours transferable from other institutions. The resulting quotient is the overall cumulative GPA.

Grade Point Averaging and Deficits

The term average refers to the grade point average (GPA) for work completed in the current or most recent academic program attended at the University of West Florida. Grades received at other institutions are NOT averaged with grades received at the University of West Florida for the purpose of meeting the university/institutional cumulative GPA requirements. Other agencies and honorary societies will compute averages in accordance with their own standards and policies.

Averages are determined by computing the ratio of grade points to semester credits attempted. For the grade point average computation formula, please refer to the example below.

Calculating the Grade Point Average

Grade Point Averages (GPA) are calculated by dividing the total number of Grade Points by the number of Credit Hours enrolled.  Each grade has a specific number of points assigned to it:

A:     4.00
A-:    3.70
B+:   3.30
B:     3.00
B-:    2.70
C+:   2.30
C:     2.00
C-:    1.70
D+:   1.30
D:     1.00
F:     0.00

To determine the grade points earned per class, first multiply the points by the number of credit hours.

Example: if you earned a “C” in ENC 1101 (a 3 credit hour course), then you multiply 2 points times 3 credit hours to get 6 grade points.

To determine the total grade points earned per semester, determine the points for each class and add them together for the total grade points that semester.

Example:  If you enrolled in 13 credit hours (three 3-hour courses and one 4-hour course), and earned a “B”, a “C”, an “A” in the 3 hour courses, and a “C-” in the 4 hour course this is how you would calculate your total grade points: 

A = 4 points * 3 credit hours = 12 grade points

B = 3 points * 3 credit hours = 9 grade points

C = 2 points * 3 credit hours = 6 grade points

C- = 1.70 points * 4 credit hours = 6.8 grade points

Total:  13 credit hours = 33.8 grade points

To determine your grade point average, divide the total grade points by the total credit hours under consideration.  From the example above: Divide 33.8 grade points by the 13 credit hours to equal 2.60 GPA.

Special Notes:

Grades of CR (Credit Awarded - Accelerated), G (Deferred - Thesis/Dissertation only), I (Incomplete), I* (Grade Not Reported), P (Pass), S (Satisfactory), TR (Withdrawal with full refund), AW (Administrative Withdrawal), W (Withdrawn), WR (Withdrawal and partial refund of fees), X (Audit), XX (No Grade) or * (Withdrawn (W or WF not yet reported) do not impact your GPA. Do not include the credit hours for these courses in your credit hour total for calculating GPA.

A grade of F, NF, U is equal to 0.00 points.

* Unresolved Incomplete grades automatically will be changed to “F” by the Office of the Registrar.

Final Examinations

Exams are scheduled during the Final Examination week of the fall and spring semesters and may be scheduled on a Saturday. Final exams for summer are scheduled by the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to review the final exam schedule and know when/where the exam may occur (see the Academic Calendar).

Review the Final Exam schedule for more information. 

Access to Grades

Enrolled students may access their final grades via the Student Records menu in MyUWF after grades are due (see Academic Calendar).