Grading Scale

Grading Scale

Grading Scale and Class Standing

Scale of Scholarship

At the end of the semester, instructors submit letter grades to indicate the quality of students’ work in a course. Semester and cumulative grade point averages (G.P.A.) are computed at the end of each semester. The grade point average is determined by the ratio of the total number of quality points received to the total number of credits attempted. Only grades earned at Lourdes will be used in computing the cumulative grade point average. Credits accepted from other institutions as part of the student’s program are transferred to the student’s permanent record without grades or quality points. Quality points for each semester of credit are assigned according to the following system.

Grade Achievement

Quality Points Per Hour

A = Superior Quality 4.00
A- = Slightly less than superior quality 3.67
B+ = Slightly more than high quality 3.33
B = High quality 3.00
B- = Slightly less than high quality 2.67
C+ = Slightly more than average quality 2.33
C = Average 2.00
C- = Slightly less than average quality 1.67 1.67
D+ = Above passing, but below average quality 1.33 1.33
D = Passing, but below average quality 1.00 1.00
D- = Passing, but barely above failing .67 .67
F = Failing, no credit but hours calculated into grade point average .00
FA = Failure due to lack of attendance, no credit but hours calculated into grade point average .00
S = Satisfactory (credit but no effect on G.P.A.)  
U = Unsatisfactory (no credit earned, no effect on G.P.A.)  
UA = Unsatisfactory due to lack of attendance (no credit earned, no effect on G.P.A.)  
I = Incomplete (no credit earned)  
AU = Audit (no credit earned)  
W = Withdrawn (official withdrawal from course by student)  
X = Credit by examination  
Z = Experiential Learning  

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

Dates are subject to change. Please see the academic calendar for most accurate Drop/Withdrawal dates.


Start Date

End Date

Last Day to Drop

Last Date to W/D

Spring 2014 (J Session) January 6 January 17 January 7 January 15
Spring 2014 (15 week) January 21 May 17 February 3 April 28
Spring 2014 (L Session) January 21 March 18 February 3 March 4
Spring 2014 (Q Session) March 26 May 17 April 2 April 28
Summer 2014 (Sessions I) May 19 July 26 May 24 July 11
Summer 2014 (Session II) May 19 June 21 May 24 June 6
Summer 2014 (Session III) June 23 July 26 June 28 July 11

Repeating Courses

Students who wish to repeat a course must inform the Registrar at the time of registration. Students will receive only the credit and quality points from the most recent registration. Although the grade first earned will remain on the record, it will not be counted in the grade point average.

For example: First time: MUS 112 E (E = excluded from G.P.A.)
Repeated: MUS 112 I (I = included in G.P.A.)

All courses may only be repeated once. To determine whether a course may be repeated, a student who does not withdraw from a class prior to the financial aid “freeze date” is considered to have “taken” the course.

Class Standing

Freshman 0 – 27 semester hours
Sophomore 28 – 55 semester hours
Junior 56-83 semester hours
Senior 84 semester hours and above