Administrative Procedure 1.103 

Evaluation of Credits Earned

For information regarding evaluation of credits earned see College Policies and Procedures

Calculation of Grade Point Average

The quality of a student’s work for one semester is measured by grade point average (GPA). The quality of all work a student has completed at the college through one or more semesters is indicated by the student’s cumulative GPA, which includes only courses that are numbered 100 and above.

A student’s GPA is determined by:

  1. Multiplying the number of points equivalent to the letter grade received by the number of semester hours for that course.
  2. Adding the grade points received in all courses during the semester.
  3. Dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of semester hours attempted.


Course Grade Grade Value Semester Hours Total Grade Points
ENG 101 B 3 3 9
PSY 100 A 4 3 12
MTH 112 C 2 4 8
BIO 110 D 1 4 4
PHC 109 A 4 1 4

Divide the 37 grade points by 15 semester hours for a semester grade point average of 2.466.

Students may see other types of grade point averages such as, Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP), Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), athletic eligibility and program GPA. Please contact for more information.

Grade Point System for Elgin Community College

Letter Grade Performance Grade Points Per Semester
A Superior 4.0
B Good 3.0
C Average 2.0
D Poor 1.0
E Failure (ended Spring 2005) 0.0
F Failure (started Summer 2005) 0.0
WF Withdrawal-Failure (ended Fall 2004) 0.0

Other Grades and Symbols not Used in GPA Calculation

Letter Explanation
AU Audit
AW Administrative Withdrawal (started Spring 2005)
CIP Course in Progress
CR Satisfactory for Proficiency, CLEP, Advanced Placement, & courses taken Pass/No Credit
I Incomplete
NC No Credit for courses taken Pass/No Credit
NR Not Reported
R Course Repeated
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory
W Withdrawal
Z Drop Grace Period (Summer 2014 through Spring 2020)