A student's grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points received by the total number of graded credits attempted. This excludes those credits for which the student received a grade of W, I, AU (audit), or learning which was recorded as a competence (S) or no competence (NC). Transcripts requested prior to graduation include a cumulative unofficial GPA.  

D work cannot be used to meet requirements for undergraduate program majors or prerequisites. Work with a grade of less than a B- cannot be used to meet graduate program requirements. The table below indicates the letter grades and the quality points used to calculate grade point averages.


  Quality Point / Credit Hour
A Excellent 4.0
A-   3.67
B+   3.33
B Good 3.0
B-   2.67
C+   2.33
C Adequate 2.0
C-   1.67
D Partially Adequate 1.0
F No Grade or Credit  

Other notations on student's transcripts include: competence (S), no competence (NC), incomplete (I), withdrawal (W) and auditing/visitor (AU).

  • Auditing (AU)
    Audit indicates that a student is visiting a course and not taking it for credit.

  • Competence (S)
    Satisfactory work equivalent to grade of C- or better.

  • No Competence (NC)
    Unsatisfactory work equivalent to a grade of D or F cannot be used to meet academic requirements.

  • Incomplete (I)
    An instructor can assign a grade of incomplete to a student who has made significant progress, but not completed an offering. If an incomplete is not completed within one semester, it automatically becomes an F or a no competence. In extenuating circumstances, the instructor has the authority to review and change an incomplete that has been converted to an F or a No Competence at any time.

  • Withdrawal (W)
    Students may formally withdraw from a course up through the end of the twelfth week of the semester and from a faculty-designed independent study within 12 weeks of registration. This is recorded on a graded transcript as a W.

  • Repeat (R)
    Students may repeat courses or other learning in which they receive grades of D, F or NC. If learning is repeated, both the grade and symbols indicating all times the course was repeated are recorded on the transcript. If learning is repeated more than once, the grade point average includes all attempts after the first one. The Gateway Student Services Center has Repeat Course forms, which should be filled out and turned in for each repeated course after the course has been graded. Students who receive a grade higher than a D may not repeat the learning, except as an auditor/visitor, without the approval of the dean of the college or school.

The repeat of Metropolitan State University courses must be done at Metropolitan State by retaking the same course.

Posting Grades at the End of a Semester

Faculty are required to submit grades by midnight of the third business day after the end of the semester. Grades are available for viewing online or by requesting a transcript shortly after that deadline.