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Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the credit hours for the course by the points for the letter grade, totaling all the credit points and dividing them by the number of credit hours included. Pass grades and no-credit courses are not included in your GPA.
Your University of Colorado GPA will not include courses that have been taken at other institutions prior to enrollment at the University of Colorado. The GPA for undergraduate students includes all courses taken as an undergraduate. This includes all grades for courses taken more than once. The GPA for graduate students includes all courses taken while the student is enrolled in one or more graduate programs. Graduate nondegree GPAs are computed separately.
Final grades are available through UCDAccess, approximately two weeks after the end of the semester. Print your unofficial transcript if you need a hard copy of your grades.
By default, all of our instructors award letter grades or incomplete grades. If you want to take a course as pass/fail or for no-credit you need to register for these options before the date published in the Academic Calendar.
|Grade|| Credit Points|
|A|| 4.0 credit points per credit hour|
| A-|| 3.7 credit points per credit hour|
|B+|| 3.3 credit points per credit hour|
|B|| 3.0 credit points per credit hour|
|B-|| 2.7 credit points per credit hour|
|C+|| 2.3 credit points per credit hour|
|C|| 2.0 credit points per credit hour|
|C-|| 1.7 credit points per credit hour|
|D+|| 1.3 credit point per credit hour|
|D|| 1.0 credit point per credit hour|
|D-|| 0.7 credit point per credit hour|
|F|| No credit points per credit hour|
|I|| Regarded as an F if not completed within a maximum of one year|
Policies with respect to "I" grades are available in the individual college and school dean's offices. Use of the "I" is at the discretion of the course instructor and/or the academic dean's office.
An enrolled student must request a grade of 'I' if her/his circumstances warrant it. Many schools and colleges have written agreements that the student and the Instructor of Record sign, indicating how the student will complete the missing work. The student is expected to complete the missing work by the deadline determined by the instructor, and within one year maximum.
An "I" is given only when students, for reasons beyond their control, have been unable to complete course requirements. A substantial amount of work must have been satisfactorily completed before approval for such a grade is given.
The instructor who assigns an "I" sets the conditions under which the course work can be completed and the time limit for its completion. The student is expected to complete the requirements within the established deadline.
It is the instructor's and/or the student's decision whether a course should be retaken. If a course is retaken, it must be completed on the Downtown Campus or in Denver Extended Studies. If a course is retaken, the student must re-register for the course and pay the appropriate tuition.
The final grade (earned by completing the course requirements or by retaking the course) does not result in deletion of the "I" from the transcript. A second entry is posted on the transcript to show the final grade for the course. If the course is retaken, the original course will have a notation that the course was repeated. The "I" grade remains with the original course. The 'retaken' course will have the final grade.
At the end of one year, "I" grades for courses that are not completed or repeated are changed to an "F".
For Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, the University has added more flexibility to the pass/fail grading option. To select this option you must submit a Pass/Fail Grading Request form to the Registrar’s Office by the established deadline. Under this option:
If you register for a course on a P+/P/F basis, you may not elect to change to a letter grade in the future. If there is a possibility that you might change majors and need a letter grade, do not register for a course on a P+/P/F basis. Many other institutions will not accept a "P" grade for transfer credit.
Each school or college may have additional restrictions on the courses that can satisfy requirements with a grade of P+ or P and additional limitations on the number of P+/P/F hours that can be applied toward major courses and degrees. Students are strongly encouraged to speak with your academic advisor for more guidance. Submitting a grade change request may result in having to re-take the course for a letter grade and may impact graduation timelines and eligibility.
The number of hours that may be taken on a pass/fail basis and credited toward a graduate degree is determined by graduate school policy. Graduate courses are not eligible for Pass/Fail credit.