Meaning of Letter Grades
|Excellent, superior achievement
|Good, exceeding all requirements
|Average, satisfactorily meeting all requirements
|Failing or withdrawal while doing failing work
In the case of Foundations courses (ENGL 1300, MATH 1300, READ 1300), and Senior Honors Theses, an "in progress" grade may be awarded. (See Grade Explanations below for information about "in progress" grades).
Grades are awarded in courses in which students are officially
enrolled after the last day to drop or withdraw from a course without
receiving a grade. This date is indicated in the academic calendar for
each enrollment period. The academic calendar is available on the Web at
- Passing grades for which semester hours of credit are awarded are A,
A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, and S. (Pharmacy students should
refer to the College of Pharmacy section.)
- The grades of S (satisfactory) and U (unsatisfactory) may be awarded in certain specified courses.
- The temporary grade of I (incomplete) is a conditional and temporary
grade given when students (a) are currently passing a course or (b)
still have a reasonable chance of passing in the judgment of the
instructor, but for non-academic reasons beyond their control have not
completed a relatively small part of all requirements.
are responsible for informing the instructor immediately of the reasons
for not submitting an assignment on time or not taking an examination.
Students should understand that the only way to have an I changed to a
passing grade is to fulfill course requirements in accordance with the
conditions specified by the instructor. Students must contact the
instructor of the course in which they receive an I grade to make
arrangements to complete the course requirements. Students must not
reenroll (reregister) for the courses in which their grade is currently
recorded as an I. Even when the conditions for fulfilling the course
requirements include participation in all or part of the same course in
another semester, the student must not reenroll (reregister) for the
course. After the course work is completed, the instructor will submit a
change of grade form to change the I grade to the grade earned. Both
grades, the original I and the earned grade, will appear on the
The grade of I may not be changed to a grade of W, but
may be changed only to another letter grade. As stated under
Fulfillment of Grade Requirements for a Degree, all grades of I shall be
computed as grades of F for purposes of calculating a student's
cumulative grade point average for graduation.
Should the student
not complete the course in the time allotted (a maximum of one year), a
grade of F will be assigned and used for purposes of calculating a
student's cumulative grade point average for graduation and also for
determining eligibility for graduation with honors (i.e., an I grade
that becomes an F, even if associated with a course taken during the
freshman or sophomore year, will be counted as part of the student's
last sixty-six hours).
- The grade of W is assigned to a course only after the last day to
drop or withdraw without receiving a grade (four weeks after the first
day of classes in a fall or spring semester), and before the final day
to drop or withdraw (generally four weeks prior to the last day of
classes in a fall or spring semester). Students are responsible for
initiating action to drop or withdraw from classes. Students who fail to
do so will be retained on the class rolls even though they may be
absent for the remainder of the semester. In such instances a grade of F
(or U in S/U graded courses) will be awarded unless the conditions for a
grade of I have been met.
- An in progress designation in place of a grade indicates that the
student is proceeding satisfactorily but must re-enroll to obtain a
Grade Point Average
Grade points are awarded as follows for each semester hour in which students receive a grade.
Grade Points Awarded for Each Grade
The grade point average is the quotient obtained by dividing the
total number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours in
which students receive a letter grade. Grades of S, U, I, and W are not
assigned grade point values and are not used in the computation of the
grade point average.
A change in grade (other than I, incomplete) will affect the academic
status of the semester in which the grade was earned and all subsequent
semesters. A change of grade from I will affect only the cumulative
grade point average effective the semester the I is completed (or
changed to F or U).
Decimals beyond two places are truncated, not rounded, in computing the grade point average.
Cumulative Grade Point Average
The cumulative grade point average is based upon all work taken at
the University of Houston, including courses that are repeated, for
which grade point values are assigned.
A repeated course, including courses repeated during a summer
session, is equivalent to a new course both in the determination of
classification and in computing the cumulative grade point average.
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Fulfillment of Grade Requirements for a Degree
The cumulative grade point average shall be used to determine the
fulfillment of grade requirements with the following differences:
- The grade of I shall be computed as F.
- Upon approval by the dean of the college of the student's major, a
maximum of six semester hours, eight in the case of laboratory courses,
taken during the first 30 semester hours of undergraduate course work at
the university may be eliminated from the computation. The College of
Natural Sciences and Mathematics will not eliminate any semester hours
of undergraduate course work from the computation of the graduation
grade point average for a bachelor's degree.
- Neither these grades nor the courses for which they were awarded are removed from the student's official academic record.
- These eliminated courses shall not be used to fulfill any degree requirement.
- Grades may not be eliminated for courses subsequently repeated.
- These exceptions shall be used only to allow a student to achieve the minimum grade point average for graduation.
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Final Grade Reports
Grades are now available through myUH account at https://my.uh.edu.
Service is available for students to request a paper copy which will be
sent to the student's mailing address as reflected in university
records or students can print out a copy at the Web site.
Following final exams, students can use the Web site to check if
their grades have been posted for the semester. Upon submission by
instructor,grades are posted on a nightly basis.
Students are encouraged to contact the instructor of record or submit
written requests to the department chair whenever questions arise
concerning a grade received in a course. Students have 90 days after the
posting of a grade to appeal.
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Law, optometry, and pharmacy students should refer to the scholastic
requirements specified in the appropriate college section of this
Undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students are expected to maintain
a 2.00 (C) minimum cumulative grade point average, which is the minimum
permitted for graduation. They are subject to scholastic action any
semester or summer session in which one or more semester hours are
attempted. The summer sessions are considered a unit equivalent to a
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