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Students are expected to maintain a satisfactory academic record (2.0 GPA or higher) at Central Penn and must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible to graduate. Grades will be rounded to the hundredth point.

Scale

Grade Range

A 93-100
A- 90-92 3.67

B+ 87-89
B 83-86 3.0 B- 80-82 2.67 C+ 77-79 2.33

C 73-76
C- 70-72
D+ 67-69 1.33

F 0-59 A 0
I 0
L 0 P0 T0 W0

Y

D 63-66
D- 60-62 .67

Cumulative Average

3.80 – 4.00 3.60 – 3.79 3.50 – 3.59

Honorary Title

Summa Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Cum Laude

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Grade Point

Description

Exceptional Above Average

Average Below Average

Marginal

Failing
Audit
Incomplete Lifelong Learning Pass

Transfer
Withdraw
Passed waiver test

Grades listed in the course’s grade book are neither final nor official. Final grades are posted by the Office of Records and Registration and documented in the student’s official transcripts.

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

Student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing. Transfer credits and credits earned through pass/fail or LifeLong Learning are not included in a student’s cumulative average.

Dean’s List

Students carrying six or more credits and earning a grade point average of 3.5 or better during a term have earned a place on the Dean’s List.

Recognition of Achievement

The following criteria are used to recognize graduates of high achievement at graduation:

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade may be awarded by the approving faculty member to students who, because of extenuating circumstances, request additional time beyond the term
to complete coursework. ‘The student and faculty member must complete a work completion plan in order to ensure the timely submission of assignments.’ All work must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST as of the date established in the work completion plan. The faculty member must submit a change of grade form to the Registrar.

An incomplete grade for internships may be awarded by the approving faculty member to students who, because of extenuating circumstances or because of in-process internship requirements, request additional time beyond the term to complete coursework. The student and faculty member are encouraged to complete a work completion plan in order to ensure the timely submission of assignments. All work must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST as of the date established in the work completion plan. The faculty member will submit a change of grade form to the Registrar.

An incomplete grade might have both financial and academic consequences, including:

  • If eligible, the student’s name will not appear on the Dean’s List until the incomplete grade has been resolved.
  • If the course is a prerequisite for another course, students will not be able to take that course until the incomplete grade has been resolved.
  • Students may not be able to schedule additional courses until the incomplete grade has been resolved, which may impact their ability to register for courses in a timely manner.
  • If students are facing academic sanctions, an incomplete grade will neither count for or against their cumulative grade point average during the rendering of the decision.
  • Incomplete grades do not contribute to achieving satisfactory academic progress, which is defined as a minimum of 2.0 GPA and a 66% pass rate at the end of a term. The academic dean who oversees the course reserves the right to review any extraordinary cases where students are unable to complete their coursework within the ascribed time line and make decisions regarding the incomplete grade policy on a case- by-case basis. Midterm Warnings At the midterm point, a warning is sent to students at risk of failing a course, by their instructors. Students who receive this warning should schedule an appointment with their faculty member to discuss the midterm warning and what measures are needed to ensure academic success. Minimum Grade to Progress Some undergraduate courses have a minimum grade requirement (for instance, “C to Progress”). A student taking these courses must receive the minimum grade to satisfy degree requirements or to take other required courses in their program. These courses will be denoted with * or + in the College catalog. If a student who is required to earn a C or C+ in a course earns a grade below the required grade, the earned grade will appear on his or her transcript and will be applied to the student’s GPA like any other grade. The student will not, however, be permitted to complete the program or graduate until he or she passes the course with the required

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grade. When a course is taken twice, both grades appear on the student’s transcript, but only the second of the two grades is used to calculate the student’s GPA.

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