Archives—March 2011

GPA Scale at Michigan Tech

With different education system, transfer students may be confused by the grading scale at Michigan Technological University. According to the grading information from Register’s Office, the grading policies are shown below.

Grade Point Average (GPA) — The grade and credit earned for any course taken by a student at Michigan Tech will become part of the student’s permanent record and will be used in the computation of the University grade point average (GPA).

The GPA is computed by dividing the grade points by the grade point hours and truncating the result. Grade point hours include those course credits with grades of A, AB, B, BC, C, CD, D, F, and X. For example, if you get A in a 3 credit course and AB in the other 3 credit course, the GPA will be (4*3+3.5*3)/ (3+3) = 3.75, where A means 4 grade points and AB means 3.5. Any performance below a GPA of 2.00 is considered a grade point deficiency.

Regular (grade points/credit)       Michigan Tech (grade points/credit)
A             4                                                       A           4
A-           3.7                                                    AB         3.5
B+          3.3                                                    B           3
B             3                                                       BC        2.5
B-           2.7                                                    C           2
C+          2.3                                                    CD        1.5
C             2                                                       D           1
C-           1.7                                                    F            0
D+         1.3
D            1
D-          0.7
E            0

From the data above, Michigan Tech’s grading scale is a little bit different with the regular one. Instead of having A- and B+, the grade awarded by the university is AB, which includes the A- and B+ in the same scale. And the grade E in the regular system is replaced by F at Michigan Tech. Because the grade E means effort unsatisfactory—no credit, no grade points; given for courses taken under the Pass-Fail option. A grade of E is given for work equal to letter grades CD to F.

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