Grading Policy

Students are graded according to the following system:

Grade  Grade Point Value  Description
A 4 Excellent
B 3 Very Good
C 2 Satisfactory
D 1 Poor
F 0 Failing
I - Incomplete
W - Withdrew
S - Satisfactory
U - Unsatisfactory
AUD  - Audit
WN  - Never Attended
X  - Credit by Examination


Withdrawal Grade:

A student who for any reason cannot complete a course must take the responsibility to formally withdraw in order to avoid a failing grade.   To receive a W grade, a student must withdraw prior to the 35% date of the class.

Withdrawal transactions can be completed online.  If you prefer, come in-person during business hours to any CPCC registration office. To find the 35% withdrawal deadline date for your class, check the online syllabus or talk with your instructor.

The instructor may also assign a W at the end of the term when circumstances warrant such action.  A W will remain on the transcript.  A W will not count as credit hours attempted.  To receive credit, a student who received a W must re-register and pay for the course in a subsequent term.  Withdrawals may affect student financial aid.

 Financial aid recipients need to refer to the financial aid satisfactory progress policy to determine if schedule adjustments will affect financial aid.

Incomplete Grade:

An I (Incomplete) may be assigned when a student has persisted through the course and has completed at least 90% of the requirements for passing the course or when the instructor has determined extenuating circumstances exist. A student must resolve an I (Incomplete) grade within the time frame specified by the instructor or the division, but no later than 6 months from the end of the term for which the grade was assigned. When an I grade has been resolved, the final grade will be recorded with the I (e.g., I/B) and the GPA will be re-computed. An I which is unresolved will be changed to the grade of I/F after the specified expiration date.

Excessive Is, Fs, and Ws:

A student will not be allowed to register for a course in which the student has received three I's, F's, and/or W's until receiving permission from the division that offers the course.

Grade Point Average

The following grades only will be used in computing the grade point average (GPA): 


Grade Grade Point Value
A 4
B 3
C 2
D 1
F 0


Three GPAs will appear on the student's academic record:

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Term GPA
  • Cumulative program GPA
    • When a course has been repeated, the higher grade will be used to recalculate the student's cumulative GPA and cumulative program GPA. However, all grades will be recorded on the student's academic transcript.