520.05 The Seattle Colleges use a numerical grading system. Passing grades range from 4.0 to 1.0; 0.0 is given for unsatisfactory performance. No grades will be awarded in the range 0.1 - 0.9. Numerical grades may be considered equivalent to letter grades as follows:

  • A    4.0 - 3.9
  • A-   3.8 - 3.5
  • B+  3.4 - 3.2
  • B    3.1 - 2.9
  • B-   2.8 - 2.5
  • C+  2.4 - 2.2
  • C    2.1 - 1.9
  • C-   1.8 - 1.5
  • D+  1.4 - 1.2
  • D    1.1 - 1.0
  • F     0.0

Grade-point average (GPA) is determined by dividing total points earned by total credits hours attempted.

The following letter grades may also be used:

  • I    - Incomplete
  • S   - Satisfactory with credit
  • N   - Audit
  • NC - No Credit
  • W   - Official Withdrawal
  • Y    - Ongoing Course

520.10 The student must apply to the registrar for a “W” (an official withdrawal). If application for withdrawal is made by the end of the second week of the quarter, the instructor’s signature is not required. No record will appear on the transcript. Withdrawal may be made after that time, up until the end of the eighth week of the quarter (sixth week during the Summer Quarter), after completing an exit interview with the instructor or unit administrator. A “W” will show on the transcript. A class withdrawal cannot be made after the eighth/sixth week. After a “W” is issued the course may be repeated only once

520.15 A course may be repeated only once; this may be in order to change a grade, in which case the student must request that the registrar’s office use the highest grade in computing the GPA. Otherwise both grades will be averaged in computing the GPA. Permission may occasionally be given for an additional repeat under special circumstances. Approval depends upon the reasons for lack of previous success (such as illness) or by demonstrating reasons to expect future success.