Grades

The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each and two summer sessions of 7.5 weeks each. Instructors have until noon on the Tuesday immediately following the end of the term to submit their final grades. Grades are posted to the students’ academic history that afternoon. Students can view their grades by logging into GoWMU and choosing the My Final Grades link under Academic Services.

The final grades report is a snapshot of the latest semester or session grades. If a grade does not show on the report please contact the instructor of the class. Students who believe that an error has been made in the assignment of a grade should contact the instructor within 60 business days of the end of the term for which the grade was assigned. Failure to act within the 60-day time period will disqualify the student from further consideration of the matter.

Grading system

Grading scale and honor points

The student receives one grade in each course taken. The grade combines the results of course work, tests and final examinations. Grades are indicated by letters, each of which is assigned a certain value in honor points per hour of credit.

GradeHonor pointsSignificance
A 4.0 Outstanding, exceptional, extraordinary
BA 3.5  
B 3.0 Very good, high pass
CB 2.5  
C 2.0 Satisfactory, acceptable, adequate
DC 1.5  
D 1.0 Poor
E 0.0 Failure
X 0.0 Failure (unofficial withdrawal)
W   Official withdrawal (no academic penalty)
I   Incomplete
AU   Audit
CR   Credit under credit/no credit system
NC   No credit under credit/no credit system

Honor points

Honor points are the numerical equivalents assigned to each letter grade. To determine the total honor points for a course, multiply the number of credits earned by the numerical honor points assigned to the grade. For example, a four-credit course awarded an A is worth four credits. Multiplied by four honor points results in sixteen total honor points.

Incomplete

This is a temporary grade which the instructor may give to a student when illness, necessary absence or other reasons beyond the control of the student prevent completion of course requirements by the end of the semester or session. This grade may not be given as a substitute for a failing grade.

A grade of I must be removed by the instructor who gave it or—in exceptional circumstances—by the department chairperson. If the unfinished work is not completed and the I grade removed within one calendar year of the assignment of the I the grade shall be converted to an E for undergraduate courses and an X for graduate courses.

A grade of I is not figured into the GPA until it is replaced with another grade. Students should not re-register for the class, but should work with the instructor to complete the outstanding assignments.

Repeat policy for undergraduate students

Any course in which a student may have been enrolled more than once is considered a repeated course. A grade must be presented for each course, and any course first elected for a letter grade must be elected for a letter grade when repeated. Only the most recent grade for a repeated course is used in calculating a student’s grade point average unless a student receives a letter grade in the first enrollment and then enrolls again in the course and receives a grade of W, Cr or NC. In this case the previous grade will remain in the grade point average.

Additional repeat policy information can be found in the undergraduate catalog.

Repeat policy for graduate students

With the exception of courses that are approved by the University Curriculum Review Policy as repeatable for credit no more than two courses may be retaken and no course may be repeated more than once during the student’s graduate career—inclusive of both master’s and doctoral programs—at WMU. This number may be further limited by individual departments. Permission to retake a course must be obtained from the program advisor and graduate dean before registration for the course to be repeated takes place. The original grade for the course will remain on the student’s transcript, and both the original and repeated course grade will be computed into the degree program grade point average.

Additional repeat policy information can be found in the graduate catalog.

Calculating grade point average

The following rules apply in computing the grade point average for honors:

  • All credits and honor points earned at Western Michigan University will be counted.
  • Credits and honor points earned in correspondence and extension courses will be counted toward honors.
  • A letter grade of X is the same as an E when calculating the GPA.
  • Classes taken as credit/no credit do not affect the GPA.

Your GPA is calculated by dividing the total amount of honor points by the total amount of credit hours attempted.

Example

*—Because a grade of E was earned in the HPER 1110 course only 11 of the 13 hours will count toward the total hours needed for graduation.
CourseCredit hoursGradeHonor points
Total 13   38
SOC 2000 3 A 12
ENGL 1050 4 BA 14
PHIL 2000 4 B 12
HPER 1100 2 E* 0

38 honor points ÷ 13 credit hours = 2.92 overall GPA

Undergraduate honors

To be eligible for honors undergraduate students must have earned at least 56 credit hours of at WMU. Fifty of those credit hours must be graded by a letter grade and computed into the final cumulative grade point average. Undergraduate students who obtain a high level of performance during their University career are awarded the following honors:

  • Cum Laude—3.50 to 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude—3.70 to 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude—3.90 to 4.00

Dean's list

Semester criteria

Have completed at least twelve semester hours of work during the fall or spring semester for letter grade and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the semester

Summer session criteria

Have completed at least six semester hours of work during the Summer I or Summer II for letter grade and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 for the session.