2011-2012 Catalog 
    Dec 03, 2022  
2011-2012 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Information and Requirements – Student Grades

(For more information, see Web Resources for Edmonds Community College Students.)

After each quarter, student grades are available online. Students may access their grades by the first Thursday after the last day of the final exam week. Grades are not mailed.

Student transcripts record all courses and grades.

Grade Point Average

The grade point average is a weighted average of the grades received by students, calculated by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of credit hours attempted. For example:

Course Credits Grade Grade Pts
Management 118 3 2.0 (3x2) = 6
History 105 5 3.0 (5x3) = 15
Psychology 100 5 4.0 (5x4) = 20
Total 13   41

Dividing 41 by 13 (total number of points by the total number of credits) gives a grade point average of 3.15.


Edmonds Community College uses a numerical grading system. Numerical grades may be considered equivalent to letter grades as follows:

Numerical Grade   Letter Grade
4.0 - 3.9   A
3.8 - 3.5   A-
3.4 - 3.2   B+ 
3.1 - 2.9   B
2.8 - 2.5   B-
2.4 - 2.2   C+
2.1 - 1.9   C
1.8 - 1.5   C-
1.4 - 1.2   D+
1.1 - 0.9   D
0.8 - 0.7   D-
0.0   F

Other schools may interpret the following grades differently than Edmonds Community College:

G   Credits earned through the course challenge process.
H   Credit earned in a course through an articulation agreement between the college and another school.
I   The incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor only when the student has done satisfactory work but could not, for some unavoidable reason, complete some part of the coursework or take the final examination. The student and instructor prepare and sign an “Incomplete Grade Contract” (located in division offices) specifying the work to be completed. The contract will include the date by which all work must be submitted and the grade that will be submitted if the work is not completed. Incompletes given prior to Fall Quarter of 1990 will be assigned letter grades.
K   Credit earned through the experiential learning process.
L   Credits awarded for advanced placement courses.
N   A grade for auditing a class without earning credit. Students must register as auditors or complete the change from credit to audit or audit to credit no later than the seventh week of the quarter (sixth week for summer quarter). To make a change, the student must return a program change form to the Enrollment Services Office. Forms are available from Enrollment Services. An auditor’s participation in class is at the discretion of the instructor. The cost of auditing a class or taking the class for credit is the same.
S   Satisfactory (performance level of at least 2.0). Students may choose the satisfactory or unsatisfactory grading mode at the beginning of each quarter for courses numbered 100 or below, for physical education courses, or for specified courses.
U   Unsatisfactory.
V   An instructor-initiated withdrawal. The final grade issued if an instructor initiates a class withdrawal before the end of the quarter, often in consultation with the student, or if a student enrolls in a class but never attends or stops attending class. A faculty member is under no obligation to grant an instructor-initiated withdrawal.
W   Withdrawal – A student must formally request a withdrawal by the end of the seventh week of class (sixth week for summer quarter).
*   Assigned when grades are not submitted by the instructor in time to be processed. When the grades are processed, the earned grade will be recorded.

General Grade Information:

  • Grade point values are the same as the grade (for example, a grade of 3.8 has a grade point value of 3.8). Grades less than 0.7 have an 0.0 grade point value. Grades of I, W, V, N, and U do not carry credit or grade point value. The grades of S, G, H, L, and * carry credit, but the credit is not included in the calculation of the grade point average.
  • Courses numbered below 100 are not included in college-level credit or grade point calculations.
  • Grades are not assigned in community education classes.
  • Letter grades from other colleges convert as follows:

Other Colleges

Edmonds CC
  A+, A 4.0
  A- 3.7
  B+ 3.3
  B 3.0
  B- 2.7
  C+ 2.3
  C 2.0
  C- 1.7
  D+ 1.3
  D 1.0
  D- 0.7

Any E, F, or any other grading symbol used by another college indicating that no credit was earned, will not be transferred. Any grade of D- (0.7) or above may transfer.

Honor Roll

Students who have completed 12 or more credits in decimal-graded, college-level courses numbered 100 or above, with a grade point average of 3.5 or higher will be placed on the Honor Roll, issued each quarter by the chief academic officer.

Repeating a Course

A grade of 2.0 or better may be repeated with instructor permission. Students may repeat any course for which a grade of 1.9 or less has been earned. The last grade received will be used in computing a student’s cumulative grade point average at Edmonds Community College if the grade carries a GPA value. Credit will be given only once, though previous courses and grades will remain on the transcript. A course repeat card (available at Enrollment Services) should be submitted at the time of registration. A grade which carries no GPA value may not be used to replace a grade with a GPA value.