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  System of Grading

Each student receives a grade in his/her courses at the middle and at the close of the semester.  The mid-semester grades, designed to give the student an indication of his/her progress, do not appear on the student's transcript.

The system of grades is as follows:

Grade

Significance

Quality Points

A

Superior

4.0 per semester credit

A-

Superior

3.7 per semester credit

B+

Good

3.3 per semester credit

B

Good

3.0 per semester credit

B-

Good

2.7 per semester credit

C+

Adequate

2.3 per semester credit

C

Adequate

2.0 per semester credit

C-

Adequate

1.7 per semester credit

D+

Weak but passing

1.3 per semester credit

D

Weak but passing

1.0 per semester credit

D-

Weak but passing

0.7 per semester credit

F

Failure

0.0 or nothing

P

Pass (Pass/Fail Option)

0.0 or nothing

I

Incomplete

 

W

Withdrawal

 

IP

In Progress

 

Quality points, the numerical equivalent of the letter grade, are used to determine the student's rank in class, academic honors, and academic warning, probation, or suspension.  By way of example, a student receiving an A, B. C, D, or F in a three-credit semester course earns 12, 9, 6, 3, or 0 quality points respectively.  The number of earned quality points divided by the number of semester credits attempted (excluding "Pass" credits and "W" grades) establishes the quality point average (GPA) of a student. 

 A quality (or grade) point average of 2.0 shall be required for graduation from Hope College