Grading System

Wilmington University utilizes a plus/minus grading system in assessing student achievement. Students are awarded a grade and corresponding quality points for each credit hour they are enrolled. Selected programs require a minimum grade for passing.

Undergraduate Grading

Graduate Grading

“I” Grade for Incomplete Work

An "incomplete" may be granted with prior approval of the course instructor. If granted, the student must complete course work within the time limitation determined by the instructor up to a maximum of 60 days following the end of the course. After 60 days, incomplete ("I") grades are converted to a grade of "F" unless the student arranges for an additional extension and the instructor notifies the Office of the Registrar before the initial 60-day period ends.

Pass/Fail Option

Students may gain approval from the Program Chair to enroll in selected courses on a pass/fail basis, provided the course is not a core requirement. This option is limited to two courses, excluding internships. Students will then follow established registration procedures, clearly stating at the time of registration which course is selected as the pass/fail option. Course work is graded "S" (Satisfactory) or "U" (Unsatisfactory).

Grade Point Average and Quality Points

Grade Point Average

A student's grade point average (GPA) is obtained by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total credit hours attempted, excluding courses in which the grade "S" is recorded. For transfer students, credits earned include transfer credits; however, cumulative grade point average is computed only on courses attempted at Wilmington University.

Grades recorded with parentheses indicate prerequisite, post-graduate, and non-credit courses. These credit hours and the corresponding quality points are excluded in the GPA calculation. The grades of "F", "FA," and "NA" are used in computing the grade point average. Courses with grades of "F", "FA" and "NA" are counted in attempted credit hours and receive zero quality points.

Repeating a Course

Whenever a course is repeated, the new grade is recorded on the transcript. For the purposes of the GPA computation, the highest grade is calculated into the cumulative grade point average. A course may be repeated up to 3 times for a total of 4 attempts. The university provides numerous resources to support student success. Prior to the fourth attempt, the student will be contacted by the Program Chair or designee to discuss a plan.