Grade Point Average (GPA) & Academic Standing FAQs

How is Academic Standing defined?
Academic Standing is based on the last semester a student is completely graded. Academic Standing is defined as follows:

  • GOOD STANDING
    Student has met or exceeded a minimum grade point average of 2.000.

  • ACADEMIC PROBATION
    An undergraduate is automatically placed on academic probation when the cumulative GPA drops below 2.0.

    • Students who fall within the academic probation category at the end of any semester will be limited to enrolling in no more than 14 hours in the following semester.

    • A student on academic probation is expected to show satisfactory academic progress by the end of the next semester, regardless of the number of hours attempted. Satisfactory academic progress is generally defined as improvement in the GPA earned at the end of each semester during the probationary period. A student is expected to be in good academic standing within 30 credit hours after being placed on academic probation.

    • When a student is placed on academic probation, it is the responsibility of the student to arrange regular meetings with his or her academic advisor to consider specific academic intervention strategies.

  • ACADEMIC DISMISSAL
    Students who do not meet the minimum grade point requirement for retention at the conclusion of the spring semester will be academically ineligible. The student will be allowed to make up deficiencies during this university’s summer sessions immediately following the spring semester in which the ineligibility was declared.

    • If a student is not in good academic standing at the conclusion of the summer sessions, the student will be dismissed from the university and will not be permitted to enroll for two consecutive regular semesters (fall and spring).

    • Full-time (at least 12 hours) students who earn a 0.0 GPA in any semester will be dismissed from the university and will not be permitted to enroll for two consecutive regular semesters.

    • Full-time students (at least 12 hours) who do not earn at least a 1.00 semester GPA and pass at least nine academic hours in any semester will be reviewed by the appropriate dean to determine academic eligibility.

    • Readmission in both cases above is contingent upon the results of the Re-enrollment Review.

    • If a student is allowed to re-enroll, he/she must see an academic advisor before registering for classes. See also ADMISSIONS-FORMER STUDENTS (Re-enrolling).

    • Academically dismissed students may enroll in any summer session.

Students who have been academically dismissed for the first time may seek administrative review of mitigating circumstances for authorization to enroll in the following semester under an academic contract.

Students seeking a review must submit the required appeal form and a written statement outlining their circumstance to the appropriate dean. The appeal must be submitted to the appropriate dean within 10 days after the end of the last semester (spring or summer) in which a student is registered. Students must understand that the submission of an appeal does not guarantee the student will be allowed to enroll. The appeal process may take several days to be completed.

After a second declaration of academic dismissal, eligibility for continued residence can be restored only by completion of sufficient work during the summer sessions at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

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What should I do if I am declared academically ineligible?
Contact your academic advisor. Furthermore, any student who does not meet the minimum grade requirement for retention at the conclusion of the spring semester will be allowed to make up deficiencies during UNC Wilmington's summer sessions which immediately follow the spring semester in which he/she was declared ineligible. If such deficiencies are not removed, the student will be suspended from the university.

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Can I attend a college near my home to restore my academic eligibility?
No. Since only the hours transfer in from other institutions, and not the grades, you cannot improve your GPA by taking courses elsewhere. In fact, taking hours elsewhere may actually worsen the situation because the minimum GPA required to be retained in good standing increases with the total number of hours the student has attempted at all colleges attended.

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What are Quality (GPA) Hours?
Total hours used to calculate a UNC Wilmington GPA (includes UNC Wilmington passed hours, F's and WF's).

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What are Transfer Hours?
Total number of hours of transferable credit UNC Wilmington accepted from courses taken at other schools.

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What are Retention Hours?
Total Quality (GPA) Hours + Transfer Hours

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What GPA do I need to remain academically eligible to take courses at UNCW?

Total Retention Hours (Quality Hrs. + Transfer Hrs.) Good Academic Standing Academic Probation GPA Required to Remain Eligible to
Continue at UNCW

1 - 45

2.00

1.75 - 1.99
1.75
46 - more
2.00

2.00

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How is a GPA calculated?
The GPA is determined by dividing the accumulated number of quality points earned by the accumulated number of quality hours earned. The transcript shows the official grade point average. The grade point average is calculated out to the ten-thousandths decimal place and then truncated.

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Where is the GPA calculator?
The GPA calculator is located in mySeaPort. Please note that the Office of the Registrar does not maintain the calculator. For questions regarding it, please contact the Technology Assistance Center.

What are Quality Points?
Point value assigned to each grade value.

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What are the grade point values for individual grades?

Grade = Grade Point Value
A
=
4.00
A-
=
3.67
B+
=
3.33
B
=
3.00
B-
=
2.67
C+
=
2.33
C
=
2.00
C-
=
1.67
D+
=
1.33
D
=
1.00
D-
=
0.67 (Passing)
F
=
0.00 (Failure)
WF
=
0.00 (Failure/Late Withdrawal)

* I, IP, W, NR, Z, and P grades do not have grade point values and do not affect the GPA calculation.

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How does my transfer GPA affect my UNC Wilmington GPA?
Transfer courses are not calculated in your UNC Wilmington GPA. All transfer work attempted is used to calculate graduating students’ degrees with distinction (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Summa Cum Laude). Complete details appear in the Undergraduate Catalogue.

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How does repeating a course affect my GPA?
Students who receive a grade lower than a 'C' in a course taken at UNC Wilmington may repeat the course at UNC Wilmington.
Students in the 2007-2008 through 2011-2012 catalogs are allowed up to five repeats for grade forgiveness. For the first five different courses repeated, the previous grade and hours of credit for the repeated course will not be used in calculating the student's grade point average and hours toward graduation. All grades shall remain on the student's transcript.
Students in the 2012-2013 or later catalogs are allowed up to three repeats for grade forgiveness. For the first three different courses repeated, the previous grade and hours of credit for the repeated course will not be used in calculating the student's grade point average and hours toward graduation. All grades shall remain on the student's transcript.

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What happens after my repeats have been used?
A student who goes beyond the number of allowed course repeats will not have the privilege of excluding these grades from the calculation.

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Can I replace the "F" with a course taken at another college?
No. Since grades do not transfer, the "F" would remain in your GPA. However, if a student retakes a course at another college and earns a "C" or better, s/he will receive credit for that course. This is not generally advisable, however, since once a student earns a "C" or better in a course at any institution, s/he may NOT retake the course at UNC Wilmington for credit. Therefore, passing the course elsewhere with a "C" creates a situation in which it is impossible for the student to replace his/her original grade of "F" at UNC Wilmington, since a student cannot receive credit for the same course twice.

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Where can I go on campus to receive assistance with questions I might have about my GPA?
Your first resource is always your academic advisor.

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