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article 3—academic policies and regulations

Part 1. Grades and Grading System

§ 3-103 Computation of Scholastic Averages

(a) Numerical Values

Grade Grade Points Grade Grade Points
A+ 4.00 C+ 2.33
A 4.00 C 2.00
A- 3.67 C- 1.67
B+ 3.33 D+ 1.33
B 3.00 D 1.00
B- 2.67 D- .67

F         Failure (including courses dropped for
academic irregularities) = 0.00
ABS   Absent from final; counts as failure.

(b) Undergraduates
A uniform method for calculating undergraduate grade-point averages has been established for all undergraduate colleges on the Urbana-Champaign campus. These averages are calculated on the basis of all courses attempted for which grades and credits are assigned and that carry credit in accordance with the Courses catalog. Grades of S, U, CR, NC, and PS are reported on the official University transcript but are not included in the grade-point averages since grade-points are not assigned to these letter grades. This method of calculation is used to determine honors, probationary and drop status, financial aid and scholastic awards, and transfer between colleges on this campus. For the purpose of computing a grade-point average for graduation, only the grades received in those courses counting toward the degree, including grades in repeated courses, are included in the average. (See also § 3‑802.)

(c) Graduates
The graduate GPA includes all hours and grades for all courses taken while enrolled as a graduate student. The GPA component of academic status is calculated at the end of each semester. At the point of calculation, graduate students must have a cumulative graduate GPA at or above their department’s minimum to be in good standing.  To be eligible for an advanced degree, a graduate student must have a grade-point average of at least 2.75. Some departments require a higher average. See the Graduate College Handbook for Students, Faculty and Staff for more information about repeated courses and grade points used in computations.