Archives—December 2011

How to Calculate Grade Point Average

To calculate a grade point average (GPA), the following equation is used:

GPA = Σ(Credits × Grade) ÷ ΣCredits

where the letter grade in a class is first translated to points earned (A = 4 points, AB = 3.5 points, etc.).

When a course is transferred from another institution to Michigan Tech, the grade is not transferred. Therefore, the credits and the grade for the transferred class are not used in the Michigan Tech GPA calculation.


Repeating Courses

If your earn a grade of CD or below in a course, the course may be repeated. By repeating a course, you have the opportunity to learn the material better, which will help you in future courses as well as improve your GPA. Below is a list of how it works:

  • You may repeat courses with a grade of CD or lower.
  • The most recent grade is used in your GPA calculation, even if it is lower than the previous grade.
  • Your official transcripts will indicate NR (no grade– repeated) for any earlier attempt(s) at the course.
  • You may repeat a course no more than two times (i.e., take a course three times).
  • Special permission from the Dean of Students Office (1st Floor Administration Building, deanofstudents@mtu.edu, 906-487-2212) and your academic advisor is required to take a course a third and final time.
  • You might not be able to receive financial aid for retaking a course you already passed.  For more information: http://www.mtu.edu/finaid/understanding/requirements/.
  • Students who receive GI Bill benefits cannot be certified for or receive compensation for repeating a course they have previously passed. For more information, please see the School Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office.

If you have questions regarding which classes to re-take you should contact your academic advisor.


Fall Grades, Bills, and Registration

Fall 2011 course grades will be available on Banweb by December 21, 5pm. If you think there might be an error in a course grade, you should contact the instructor of the course.

Spring semester bills are due and spring enrollment must be confirmed by January 4, 5pm. A $50 late fee will be assessed for bills paid or enrollments confirmed after January 4, 5 pm.

On-line registration is currently open and will close January 13. Students may lateregister, with the instructor’s approval, until January 18.


Getting Started: Resume Writing

Your cover letter and resume are typically the first information a potential employer sees about you. Therefore, you want this first introduction to make the best impression possible.
Potential employers are going to spend about 30 seconds reviewing a resume before deciding if the applicant is worth more review, so be sure to make it easy to scan: well organized, concise, and descriptive. Every resume should be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter should grab their attention and generate interest by linking your abilities with their needs. Following an interview, you should send a thank you letter. It should be sent by e-mail or snail mail within 2 days following the interview. Continue reading