Grading System

All credits offered are expressed in term hours. One term hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of one hour per week of lecture, or two or more hours per week of laboratory training, for the period of fifteen weeks.

At the end of each term, faculty members are required to submit final course grades. Students may access their grades by using MyFSU. Official grades are available starting the Tuesday following exam week between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.

Students requiring a printed copy of their grades can obtain it by using the Internet and clicking on MyFSU , by stopping at the Timme Center for Student Services with picture ID, or by calling toll free 1-800-433-7747 or 591-2792 locally.

The following grading system and grade point values are used for all courses at Ferris State University:

Letter Grade Grade Point Value
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+  3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C-  1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- .7
F 0

Grades of CR (Credit), NC (No Credit), AUD (Audit), I (Incomplete), IP (In Progress), W (Withdrawal), and AW (Administrative Withdrawal) are not considered in computing grade point averages. Grades of WF(Withdrawal Failing) or AWF (Administrative Withdrawal Failing) are computed as a grade point value of (0.0).

Computing Grade Point Average (GPA)

Ferris State University uses a standard four-point grading scale with plus and minus factors (e.g., C-, B+). The following six step system may be used to calculate GPA:

  • Make a list of courses, credit hours and grades
  • Using the grade table above, enter the grade points earned for each letter grade (e.g., C=2.0, B-=2.7).
  • For each course, multiply credit hours times the grade points.
  • Add the total number of points.
  • Add the total quality hours of credit (all courses taken at FSU either passed or failed).
  • Divide the total points by the total quality hours of credit. The answer is your GPA.

The following is an explanation of commonly used grade abbreviations:

AHRS = Attempted Hours. The total of credit hours for which a student enrolled.

EHRS = Earned Hours. The total of credit hours a student successfully completed.

QHRS = Quality Hours. The number of credit hours used in calculating grade point average.

QPTS = Quality Points. The credits earned times the point value of the grades received.

GPA = Grade Point Average. The total quality points divided by the total quality hours.