College Catalog

Grade Explanation Numerical Score Grade Points
A work of superior and outstanding quality 93-100 4.00
A-   90-92 3.65
B+   87-89 3.35
B work decidedly above average 83-86 3.00
B-   80-82 2.65
C+   77-79 2.35
C work of average quality 73-76 2.00
C-   70-72 1.65
D+   67-69 1.35
D work decidedly below average, but passing 63-66 1.00
D- work decidedly below average, but passing 60-62 0.65
F work not passing, no credit earned 0-59 0.00
S Satisfactory 70-100 --
U Unsatisfactory 0-69 --
AU Audit -- --
I Incomplete (see below) -- --
WX Administratively withdrawn from class; never attended. Not calculated
into the GPA
-- --
AW Dismissed from class by instructor for excessive absences. Not calculated
into the GPA.
-- --
W Student withdrew from class. Not calculated into the GPA -- --


Incomplete Grade
The grade of “I” is given to a student who for good reason (e.g., illness) is temporarily unable to complete the work in a course.

The student has until the middle of the following semester (specified on the academic calendar) to complete work for Incomplete courses other than those that serve as a prerequisite for another course. Unless waived, prerequisite course requirements must be completed before the first day of the following semester/summer. A grade of “F” will be recorded for work not completed as required.

Mid-Semester Progress Report
Mid-semester grades are made available to students in the HCC Online Services during the priority-registration period. These grades provide some guidance in the selection of the next semester’s courses. All grades, especially those representing below-average achievement, should be discussed with course instructors and academic advisors. Mid-semester grades do not become part of permanent records, but are an important indicator of academic progress to date.

Grade Point Average (GPA)
The Grade Point Average is computed by multiplying the grade point value of each grade earned by the number of credits in the corresponding course, adding all course grade points together, then dividing the total by the number of Grade Point Hours. Effective with the 1998-1999 academic year, developmental courses (courses numbered below 100) are not included. The grades of AW, W, I, Audit, and S-U grades are not included. Effective fall 1999, FX grades are not included.


ENG 101 - 3 credits    
Grade in ENG 101 = A (4.00 grade points) 3 credits x 4 grade points = 12.00 grade points
SOC 110 - 3 credits    
Grade in SOC 110 = C (2.00 grade points) 3 credits x 2 grade points = 6.00 grade points
  +6 credits = 18.00 grade points  
18 grade points ÷ 6 credits = 3.00 grade point average  

Repeating Courses
Students may repeat courses at HCC in an attempt to earn credit or improve their Grade Point Average. Credit may not be earned twice for a repeated course. Although all grades, including those in repeated courses, will appear on transcripts, students may petition the registrar to have their GPA recalculated to exclude the previous grade and to reflect the current grade. This petition must be filed prior to mid-semester of the term in which the course is being repeated. Students choosing to repeat a course for which they have received a passing grade can not receive financial aid for that course. Students choosing to repeat a course that they have failed or withdrawn from may receive financial aid for a single repeat of that course. This repeat policy applies even if the student did not receive financial aid when enrolled in the course in the past.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option
Students may elect to be graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis in one elective course per semester. This option should not be used in courses required in a student’s intended concentration in a four-year institution. If the student passes the class, a grade of S is recorded; otherwise, a grade of U is recorded. Neither grade affects the GPA.

The appropriate form in the Welcome Center must be completed by the end of the add/drop period in order to elect the S/U Option.

Electing the S/U option may affect the transferability of a course.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS - See Degree and Certificate Requirements

The Green Key Honor Society is a leadership and service organization dedicated to representing HCC at community and college events. Members serve the entire college community as tour guides, hosts, and ushers at special events such as orientation, Honors Convocation, college fairs, and information sessions. To support other HCC students, Green Key members are committed to providing scholarships through fundraising events. Faculty members, professional staff members, members of the present Green Key, or the presidents of recognized student organizations are given an opportunity to nominate students who demonstrate excellence in the HCC community. Nominees must also have a 3.0 GPA and have earned at least twenty credits. Appointment to Green Key occurs once a year and is a great way for students to enhance their academic career and develop leadership skills while serving the college community.


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