Grades

Grading System

How to calculate your GPA

Your quarterly GPA is determined in three steps:

  1. Multiply the grade earned in a course by the number of credits for the course to get your grade points.
  2. Add up all the grade points from all the classes.
  3. Divide the total number of grade points by the number of credits earned. Round to the nearest hundredth.

Grades of H, I, N, NP, P, W, and Z are not assigned weight and are not used in computing GPA. Use the GPA Calculator to determine you GPA.

Grades Available

To see when grades will be available, view the Academic Calendar

Grade Description of Grade
4.0 A
3.0 B
2.0 C
1.0 D
0.7 - 0.9 D-    (Credit can be granted but may not transfer to Washington state baccalaureate institutions)
0.0 Failure to complete minimum requirement
H Course in progress
W Official withdrawal from course
I Incomplete
P Pass (credit only, no grade point)
NP Not Pass (no credit, no grade point)
N Audit
Repeat Repeat  - Excluded (This will appear on the transcript to designate the class(es) with the lowest grade(s) when a course has been repeated. The grade for a class with this designation will not be factored into the GPA.)
Repeat Repeat - Included (This will appear on the transcript to designate the class with the highest grade when a course has been repeated. The grade for a class with this designation will be factored in the GPA.)
Z Hardship withdrawal (no grade point)
* Assigned when a grade is not submitted by the instructor in time to be processed. The instructor must submit the grade to Enrollment Services in writing to convert the asterisk to an earned grade.

Hardship Withdrawal

A hardship withdrawal (Z) may be given at a student’s written request and the instructor’s agreement that an unforeseen crisis and/or unusual, extreme circumstance has occurred after the official withdrawal period is over which has interfered with or interrupted the student’s ability to attend class and continue performing passing course work. Prior to the end of the official withdrawal period for the quarter, the withdrawal should be used. Withdrawals will not be considered in GPA calculations.

Students should contact their instructors to discuss whether they meet the requirements for a hardship withdrawal and contact advising or international advising to determine whether a withdrawal is a good option for them.

 

Repeat a Course

Students may repeat a course to improve a grade. The same class can be attempted only three times, or repeated twice. A lower grade remains on the transcript and is designated with “Repeat - Excluded.” Only the highest grade awarded in a repeated course will be used in the GPA calculation. Credits earned are applied only once in the GPA calculation. During the quarter in which you are repeating a course, complete the Repeated Course Notice Form and pay any required fees. See the college catalog for further details.

 

Fresh Start

If you have not attended Shoreline or any other institution of higher learning for 18 months, you may request the elimination of your previous Shoreline credits and GPA. Therefore, you essentially get a "fresh start". If a Fresh Start is granted, your transcript will still show the previous courses and grades earned but the grades for previous courses will not be used in the calculation of the student’s Shoreline GPA, and credits earned may not be used to satisfy graduation requirements. If you are planning to transfer and have been granted a Fresh Start, the receiving institution may accept credits and recalculate the GPA according to its own policies. To request a Fresh Start, submit a completed Fresh Start form.