Grades

Measuring Your Success at CU Denver

Grade Point Average

Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the credit hours for the course by the points for the letter grade, totaling all the credit points and dividing them by the number of credit hours included. Pass grades and no-credit courses are not included in your GPA.

Your University of Colorado GPA will not include courses that have been taken at other institutions prior to enrollment at the University of Colorado. The GPA for undergraduate students includes all courses taken as an undergraduate. This includes all grades for courses taken more than once. The GPA for graduate students includes all courses taken while the student is enrolled in one or more graduate programs. Graduate nondegree GPAs are computed separately.

Good Academic Standing

Undergraduates and non-degree students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in good standing. Graduate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing. If your GPA falls below the 2.0/3.0 level, you are subject to probation or suspension. You will be notified by your school or college.

Final Grades

Final grades are available through UCDAccess, approximately two weeks after the end of the semester. Print your unofficial transcript if you need a hard copy of your grades.

By default, all of our instructors award letter grades or incomplete grades. If you want to take a course as pass/fail or for no-credit you need to register for these options before the date published in the Academic Calendar.

 Grade Credit Points
 A 4.0 credit points per credit hour
 A-
 3.7 credit points per credit hour
 B+ 3.3 credit points per credit hour
 B 3.0 credit points per credit hour
 B- 2.7 credit points per credit hour
 C+ 2.3 credit points per credit hour
 C 2.0 credit points per credit hour
 C- 1.7 credit points per credit hour
 D+ 1.3 credit point per credit hour
 D 1.0 credit point per credit hour
 D- 0.7 credit point per credit hour
 F No credit points per credit hour
 I Regarded as an F if not completed within a maximum of one year

I - Incompletes

Policies with respect to "I" grades are available in the individual college and school dean's offices. Use of the "I" is at the discretion of the course instructor and/or the academic dean's office.

An enrolled student must request a grade of 'I' if her/his circumstances warrant it. Many schools and colleges have written agreements that the student and the Instructor of Record sign, indicating how the student will complete the missing work. The student is expected to complete the missing work by the deadline determined by the instructor, and within one year maximum.

An "I" is given only when students, for reasons beyond their control, have been unable to complete course requirements. A substantial amount of work must have been satisfactorily completed before approval for such a grade is given.

The instructor who assigns an "I" sets the conditions under which the course work can be completed and the time limit for its completion. The student is expected to complete the requirements within the established deadline.

It is the instructor's and/or the student's decision whether a course should be retaken. If a course is retaken, it must be completed on the Downtown Campus or in Denver Extended Studies. If a course is retaken, the student must re-register for the course and pay the appropriate tuition.

The final grade (earned by completing the course requirements or by retaking the course) does not result in deletion of the "I" from the transcript. A second entry is posted on the transcript to show the final grade for the course. If the course is retaken, the original course will have a notation that the course was repeated. The "I" grade remains with the original course. The 'retaken' course will have the final grade.

At the end of one year, "I" grades for courses that are not completed or repeated are changed to an "F".

No-Credit Classes

You can register for a course on a no-credit basis by completing a Schedule Adjustment form. File the schedule adjustment form in the Student Service Center by the date published in the academic calendar. Be aware that some programs prohibit students from taking courses on a no-credit basis. Please contact your academic advisor to ensure that your student program status allows taking courses on a No-Credit grading basis prior to submitting a Schedule Adjustment Form to the Registrar’s Office.

Pass/Fail

Consult the academic calendar for dates that you may change your registration in a course to a pass/fail by completing a schedule adjustment form.

For Fall 2020, the University has modified our standard pass/fail process and students may select a more flexible P+/P/F grading option. To select this option you must submit a schedule adjustment form to the Registrar’s Office by the extended deadline of October 25, 2020. Under this option, the P+ is awarded when the standard letter grade earned for the course would have been C- or above. P is awarded when the standard letter grade earned for the course would have been D+, D, or D-. The P+ and the P do not have an impact to a student’s GPA. The F does impact the student’s GPA.

If you register for a course on a P+/P/F basis, you may not elect to change to a letter grade in the future. If there is a possibility that you might change majors and need a letter grade, do not register for a course on a P+/P/F basis.

Each school or college limits the hours and courses for which you may register on a P+/P/F basis during a semester and the number of P+/P/F hours which can be applied toward a degree. It is recommended you speak with your academic advisor for more guidance.

View the official policy and consult the catalog for more information.

Please note: Many other institutions will not accept a "P" grade for transfer credit.​​