Grading Policy

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For undergraduate courses, the refined letter grade scale is used:

Percent Grade GPA Definition Distribution Guidelines
(for 1st/2nd-year courses with more than 40 students)
Grade Definition
90-100 A+ 4.0 Excellent 15%-35% less than 75% Strong evidence of original thinking; good organization; capacity to analyze and synthesize; superior grasp of subject matter with sound critical evaluations; evidence of extensive knowledge base.
85-89 A 4.0
80-84 A- 3.7
77-79 B+ 3.3 Good   Evidence of grasp of subject matter, some evidence of critical capacity and analytic ability; reasonable understanding of relevant issues; evidence of familiarity with literature.
73-76 B 3.0
70-72 B- 2.7
67-69 C+ 2.3 Adequate     Student who is profiting from the university experience; understanding of the subject matter and ability to develop solutions to simple problems in the material.
63-66 C 2.0
60-62 C- 1.7
57-59 D+ 1.3 Marginal     Some evidence of familiarity with the subject matter and some evidence that critical and analytical skills have been developed.
53-56 D 1.0
50-52 D- 0.7
0.49 F 0.0 Inadequate less than or equal to 10% Little evidence of even superficial understanding of subject matter; weakness in critical and analytical skills; limited or irrelevant use of literature.