Upon completion of their courses, students receive final grades. A final grade is a letter grade that carries with it a numerical value, as outlined below. These grades and their point values are used to calculate a student's grade point average (GPA).
Here is a link to the CUNY Grading Policy.
|Letter Grade||What it means||Grade range||Grade Point value|
F: Failure grade given to a student who completed the culminating academic experience of the course and failed. A student who completed a course unsuccessfully should be granted the grade of “F” with the culminating academic experience of the course, i.e., final exam, final paper, etc. This grade can also be assigned if the student has completed most of the course and documentation of failing course work is available.
WD: Assigned when a student drops a class during the second and third week of the semester. This has no impact on a student's GPA.
WN: Administrative withdrawal assigned to students who did not begin attendance, as reported by instructors after the third week of the semester and has no impact on a student's GPA. However, for students receiving financial aid, there is an adjustment in the amount of federal aid that the student receives.
WU: Unofficial Withdrawal assigned to students who participated in an academically related activity at least once, completely stopped attending at any time before the culminating academic experience of the course, i.e., final exam, final paper, etc., and did not officially withdraw.
FIN: Failure to complete the work for a course in which the INC grade was originally assigned. The grade of FIN is computed as an F in the GPA and carry a numerical value of 0.00 (see grade of F above).
The following grades— AUD, INC, NC, P, R, CR, and W — and administrative actions— WA, Y, Z and P — are not included in the computation of the Grade-Point Average (GPA).
AUD: Assigned to students who have officially registered to audit a course. Audited courses may not be retaken for credit. Students must request an audit grade at the time of registration or within the first three weeks of the semester by notifying the instructor. The AUD grade does not signify that the course was completed.
INC: The grade of “INC” (Incomplete) should only be given by the instructor in consultation with the student, when there is a reasonable expectation that a student can successfully complete the
requirements of the course no later than the last day of the following semester, or its equivalent in
calendar time, exclusive of Summer Session/Term. Whether or not the student is registered at QCC, the INC becomes a FIN grade if the missing coursework is not completed by the end of the semester immediately following the semester in which the INC grade was assigned. The FIN grade is computed into the GPA as an F.
NC: Assigned to students under certain circumstances when no credit is earned.
P: Assigned as passing grade for:
- Academic Literacy and remedial, noncredit courses
- Introduction to College Life (ST-100) courses
- certain cooperative education or field experience courses
- courses in which credit is given only by special (or proficiency) examination
- permit courses taken at another institution in which the grade of P was given
PEN: The "PEN" grade is a temporary grade awarded when the disposition of the final grade requires further evaluation and when the absent or incomplete grades are inappropriate. 'PEN' is also used to facilitate the implementation of the Procedures for Imposition of Sanctions whereby colleges must hold a student's grade in abeyance pending the outcome of the academic review process. Final determination of a grade will depend on final evaluation by the instructor or the outcome of the college's academic review process.
R: Assigned when a student has failed to attain the required level of proficiency in a noncredit, remedial course. Remedial courses must be repeated until the student attains the required level of proficiency.
CR: Assigned when students have been granted transfer credit. Courses receiving transfer credit are not included in the computation of the GPA.
CRW: Assigned when students have been granted transfer credit for a writing-intensive course. Courses receiving transfer credit are not included in the computation of the GPA.
W: (Withdrew) Assigned to students who officially withdraw from a course between the fourth and the eighth week of the semester. The grade of W signifies that the course was not completed. In order to withdraw from a course officially and avoid receiving a grade of WU, a student must complete a withdrawal through their CUNYFirst account.
Y: Year or longer course of study that must continue to completion.
Z: Temporarily assigned when no grade has been submitted by the course instructor prior to mailing of semester grades or when a grade submitted by the instructor is proved to be invalid.
- Students who receive the grade of INC in a course may not register for that course in the following semester (or until the grade is changed).
- Students with INC grade should contact the appropriate instructor no later than the eighth week of the semester immediately following the one in which the INC was given. (In certain circumstances students may receive an extension of the INC to a subsequent semester, but they must request the extension from the instructor before the end of the semester.)
Computing the GPA
The following grades are included in the GPA computation: A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and F (FIN). P grades are not included. To compute the GPA, multiply the numerical value attached to each letter grade by the number of credits assigned to each course. The product of this multiplication (numerical value of grade x number of credits) determines the quality points for each course. Finally, divide the total number of points earned in all courses by the total number of credits.
GPA = Total Quality Points Earned / Total Credits
Here is an example:
61.20 / 24 = 2.55 GPA
You can use the College GPA Calculator site to calculate your grades