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Grading Policies

Gateway uses a standard 4.0 scale for grading and calculating your GPA (Grade Point Average). Gateway maintains three grading periods during the academic year. Faculty members submit both mid-term and final grades for each grading period/semester which are recorded on your official transcript and used to calculate your GPA (Grade Point Average).

Calculating your GPA is important and assists you in measuring your progress toward graduation. Grade point averages are calculated by dividing the sum of the grade points by the total number of GPA credits.  How to calculate your GPA.

Grading System


Each class carries academic credit based on total contact hours and the method of instruction. Credits are used to determine student grade point average.

Developmental/Remedial Courses 

General college, precollege, and pretechnical courses are considered developmental and/or remedial and do no count toward graduation, nor are they used in GPA calculations for graduation. 

All developmental and/or remedial courses are noted in the course description on WebAdvisor. 


Students enrolled in associate degree, technical diploma, academic prep, or adult high school credit classes will be graded by the following letter grade and point system. These represent various levels of accomplishment and grade points earned. Some instructors may not use plus ( + ) or minus ( - ) grades.

Grades Description Grade Points
A Excellent 4.00
A- Excellent 3.67
B+ Good 3.33
B Good 3.00
B- Good 2.67
C+ Satisfactory 2.33
C Satisfactory 2.00
C- Satisfactory 1.67
D+ Poor 1.33
D Poor 1.00
D- Poor 0.67
F Failure 0.00

The following grades may appear on your transcript, but will not be included in your GPA:

WP -Withdrawal Passing (prior to 2007)
WF -Withdrawal Failing (prior to 2007)
W -Withdrawal
R -Repeated
I - Incomplete
AU -Audited (no credit earned)
TR -Transfer Credit
PR -Proficiency Credit (Advanced Standing)
M -Manual Repeat Adjustment

I Grade

The I (incomplete) grade may be assigned, at the discretion of the instructor, if you encountered extenuating circumstances which prevented completion of the course. You must have been close to completing the course but, due to extenuating circumstances, were unable to complete the final exam or some limited amount of coursework. The instructor sets a deadline by which the coursework must be completed. The deadline will be no later than the end of the following semester, not including Summer semester. The I grade will be displayed on your transcript, which may be viewed via WebAdvisor. An I grade which is not changed by the deadline set by the instructor, it will automatically be changed to an F grade.

Grade Changes

Grade changes must be made within one year of the end of the semester in which you registered for the class. Grade changes will be honored only to correct a mistake or error in calculating or assigning the class grade.

Program Record Sealed at Graduation

Once you graduate from a program, that record is sealed. No changes are made to grades used to meet program requirements. If a course used to fulfill a graduation requirement is repeated after you graduate, the repeat does not affect the record; it will not be used for credit or GPA purposes.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Your average grade is expressed in terms of a grade-point average. The grading scale at Gateway is based on a four-point scale. The grade point average is calculated by dividing the sum of the grade points by the total number of GPA credits. General college, pre-college and pre-technical classes are developmental and/or remedial classes and do not count toward postsecondary graduation, nor are they used in GPA calculations. To determine your GPA:

  • Multiply the number of GPA credits for each course by the grade point value of the letter grades assigned. This converts the letter grades into grade points.
  • Add the total number of GPA credits.
  • Add the total number of grade points earned.
  • Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of GPA credits.

The resulting figure is your GPA. The example below illustrates GPA calculation for one semester.


Course Grade Point Value GPA Credits Grade Points
English Comp I F 0.00 3 0
Contemporary Am. Society C 2.00 3 6
Speech D 1.00 3 3
Management Principles B 3.00 2 6
Accounting I A 4.00 4 16
Investments AU - - -
    TOTAL 15 31
Credits Completed - 15    
Grade Points Earned - 31    
Grade Point Average - 31/15 = 2.060    

Mid-Term Grades

Mid-term grades will be available via WebAdvisor on the dates specified in the academic calendar. Mid-term grades are a snapshot of your grade on the date the mid-term grade was entered. Mid-term grades do not appear on your transcript and are not calculated into your GPA. Refer to your syllabus for the class grading policy and assignments. Instructor comments may also be provided. Mid-term grades are only required for courses that are at least 13 weeks in length. Mid-term grades are to help students understand their progression in courses. It is very important to review mid-term grades and to seek support if needed.

View Your Grades

Students may view their grades via WebAdvisor by selecting the Unofficial Transcript option. Grades are available online the day after the instructor enters them. Students who have an outstanding debt on their student account will not be able to view their grades or transcripts.

Adult Continuing Education Grades

Adult Continuing Education courses are non-credit, recorded on a separate transcript and not calculated in your GPA. The following grades are assigned for Adult Continuing Education (ACE) classes:

Grades Grades
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory
W Withdrawal

Dean’s List

Dean’s List honors are granted each semester for students who are accepted into an Associate Degree or Technical Diploma program, have enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credits, not including developmental/remedial credits, and achieved a semester GPA of 3.75 or better. Dean’s List calculations are based on classes that have finished (been graded) by the end of the traditional semester. After final grade verification, certificates will be mailed to each eligible student. Replacement certificate will only be given for the semester immediately prior to the replacement request.

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