Loyola University Maryland

Office of the Dean of First-Year Students and Academic Services

Questions About Grades

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Loyola University Maryland's Grading System

A student's performance in a course will be reported by the instructor in accordance with the following grading system:

  • A : Excellent Denotes outstanding achievement and an unusual degree of intellectual initiative. This is the highest grade awarded.
  • B : Good Denotes work which surpasses the objectives for the course. It is a mark of distinction.
  • C : Satisfactory Denotes work which achieves the objectives for the course. It is the lowest grade given for an acceptable performance.
  • D : Unsatisfactory Denotes work of inferior quality compared to the objectives for the course. It is the lowest passing grade and a mark of inadequate performance.
  • F : Failure Denotes inadequate work below the minimal standards of competence required to pass the course. A course with this grade does not satisfy prerequisite or degree requirements.
  • P : Pass-Fail "P" or "Pass" denotes satisfactory work, equivalent to a "C" (2.000) or better for a course taken on a pass/fail basis. Course credits with a "P" grade are added to the student's credit total, but the grade is not included in calculating the QPA.
    The "F" or "Fail" grade is counted as a 0 (zero) in calculating the student's QPA. Usually, a course taken on a pass/fail basis will not count toward the requirements for a degree.
  • S : Satisfactory Denotes satisfactory work, equivalent to a "C" (2.000) or better for a course taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. This grade means that the course credits will be added to a student's credit total, but this grade has no effect on the student's QPA.
  • W : Withdrawal Denotes withdrawal from the course on or before the deadline for this change of status. This grade means that the course has no effect on the student's credit total or QPA.
  • NG : No Grade Denotes a zero-credit course.
  • NR : Not Received Denotes that the grade has not yet been submitted by the instructor.
  • GL : Grade Later Denotes the first semester grade for a two-semester course when the final grade is given at the end of the second semester.
  • L : Audit Denotes that the student is auditing the course. To receive this grade on the transcript, the student must satisfy the attendance and other course requirements set by the instructor for an official audit.
  • AW : Audit Withdrawal Denotes a lack of attendance and completion of other course requirements for a student registered as an auditor.
  • I : Incomplete Denotes a temporary grade given to a student who is passing a course, but for reasons beyond the student's control (illness, injury, or other nonacademic circumstances), is unable to complete the required coursework during the semester.

"Plus" ("+") or "minus" ("-") suffixes are used to define more sharply the academic achievement of a student within these performance categories.

QPA - Quality Point Average

The Quality Point Average (QPA) is an average of the student's grades that gives proportionate weight to individual courses on the basis of the credit value assigned to them. Most courses have a three-credit value. A few courses have one-, two-, or four-credit values.

QPA Rating Per Letter Grade 

  • A = 4.000    
  • A- = 3.670    
  • B+ = 3.330    
  • B = 3.000    
  • B- = 2.670    
  • C+ = 2.330  
  • C = 2.000  
  • C- = 1.670  
  • D+ = 1.330  
  • D = 1.000  
  • F = 0.000 

Dean's List Requirements

At the end of each semester, recognition on the Dean's List for distinguished academic achievement is awarded to students who achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that during the term, they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 credits applicable to the degree (excludes courses taken pass/fail and courses assigned a grade of "W"). If the recommended course load for a student during a particular term falls below the required 15 credits, the student should add an elective to her/his schedule in order to meet the requirement for Dean's List consideration. These same requirements also apply to students who are participating in the Loyola study abroad programs, affiliations, and exchange programs in which the grades are transferred to Loyola University Maryland.

Loyola students who are studying in Beijing, Cork, Leuven, or Newcastle must achieve a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.500 for the year, provided that during the year, they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 30 credits applicable to a degree (excludes courses taken pass/fail and courses assigned a grade of "W").

Loyola students at year-long programs, exchanges, or affiliations abroad must obtain a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.500 for the year and must complete at least 30 credits applicable to a degree. Students at semester-long programs, exchanges, or affiliations abroad must earn at least a 3.500 cumulative QPA and complete 15 or more credits applicable to a degree.

Academic Scholarship/Financial Aid Retention Policy

Students awarded the Presidential, Claver, and Knott Scholarships must maintain the scholarship retention requirements specified in the original scholarship award letter.

For more information about how a student's grades can affect her/his scholarships and financial aid, please visit the Terms and Conditions of Awards on the Financial Aid website.

Academic Support and Tutoring Services

If a student is having difficulty in class, s/he can find help at the Study, which is run by the Academic Advising and Support Center and is located on the third floor of Jenkins Hall. The Study offers tutoring sessions, workshops, and other comprehensive learning assistance for students.

For more information, please visit the Study's website.

Incompletes

At the discretion of the course instructor, a temporary grade of I (incomplete) may be given to a student who is passing a course but, for reasons beyond the student's control (illness, injury, or other nonacademic circumstances), is unable to complete the required coursework during the semester. A grade of I should not be issued to allow the student additional time to complete academic requirements of the course (except as noted above), repeat the course, complete extra credit work, or because of excessive absenteeism or the student's unexcused absence from the final exam. A grade of I may be assigned to a graduating senior only with the written approval of the academic dean of the University and only if the incomplete Form is submitted no later than the final day grades are due to the Records office. In all other cases, the Records office will assign a grade of NR.

Arrangements for the incomplete must be made prior to the final exam, or if the course has no final exam, prior to the last class meeting. The responsibility for completing all of the coursework within the agreed-upon time rests with the student. The completion dates for incomplete courses are:

  • Fall Semester: Feb. 1
  • Spring Semester: July 1
  • Summer Sessions: Oct. 1

If an extension to the above deadlines is necessary, the signature of the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or the dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management is required. The incomplete grade may remain on the record no longer than the time period agreed to by the instructor and the student and may not exceed one semester. If the incomplete is not satisfactorily resolved within the agreed-upon time period, the Records office will assign the student an F as the final grade. Students may not graduate with an incomplete in any course on their record.

Academic Probation or Dismissal

In order to be in good standing at Loyola University Maryland, first-year students are required to have a cumulative QPA of at least 1.800 at the end of their first year of study. By the end of the first semester of their sophomore year and each semester thereafter, students must maintain a cumulative QPA of at least 2.000.

Academic Probation

Students whose QPA is at least 1.400 but below 1.800 at the end of the first semester of their first year will be placed on academic probation. These students will be required to review their performance with a probation board composed of faculty members from the Academic Standards Committee. The students must also meet with a staff member from the Academic Advising & Support Center and must also meet other requirements of probation during their second semester. Students with a QPA of at least 1.800 but below 2.00 after the first semester of their sophomore year will be placed on academic probation.

Students already on probation whose QPA does not reach the level required for good academic standing, but whose semester average is such that continued work at this level would assure graduation will receive an automatic extension of their probation.

Academic Dismissal

Students who meet the following criteria will be dismissed from Loyola University Maryland:

  • Students with a cumulative QPA below 1.400 at the end of their first semester.
  • Students with a cumulative QPA below 1.800 at the end of their first year.
  • Students with a cumulative QPA below 2.000 after the fourth semester or any semester thereafter.