Classification, Grading System, Credits, and Honors

Classification. Students are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors according to credit hours, as follows:

Year Credit Hours
Freshman 0-29
Spohomore 30-59
Junior 60-89
Senior 90 or more

The Grading System used in the University is as follows:

Grade Description
A is the grade of highest distinction given for work of a superior quality
B is the grade given for work considered as good or above average.
C is the grade given for work of fair or average quality.
D is the grade given for work considered poor or below average but passing.
F on a final report indicates unconditional failure. No quality or quantity credits are earned with a grade of F.
NC indicates No Credit. NC is the grade given for EN 111, 112, 121, 122 for any student that has earned less than a C average.
I is used to designate an Incomplete resulting from the failure of the student to complete final coursework because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student ’s control. Incomplete work must be made up in the following semester or term (fall, spring). When the work is completed the appropriate grade is substituted on the permanent record. Students that receive a grade of I at the end of the spring semester will have until the end of the following fall semester to remove it. An I which is not removed within the period prescribed automatically becomes an F. It is the student’s responsibility to follow-up with the appropriate instructor to complete the required work. No quality or quantity credits are earned with a grade of I. Once entered on the permanent records, no grades other than I may be changed except by reason of clerical error.
IP indicates work in progress. IP is used to designate coursework which is not scheduled to be completed within a given semester, i.e., Dauphin Island, Study Abroad credit, etc. The grade of IP should not be assigned in lieu of a grade of I. In-progrss work must be completed in the following semester (fall, spring). Students that receive a grade of IP at the end of the spring semester will have until the end of the following fall semester to remove it. An IP which is not removed within the period prescribed automatically becomes an F unless an extension of time has been granted by the appropriate college dean.
S indicates satisfactory work and is used only on noncredit courses.
U indicates unsatisfactory work and is used only on noncredit courses.
W indicates withdrawal from a course between the close of registration for a school term and a specific date set by the University during which time no judgment is made on the quality of a student's work in the course.
WD indicates administrative withdrawal.
WP indicates official withdrawal passing
WF indicates official withdrawal failing
WS indicates withdrawal satisfactory (complete withdrawal only)
WU indicates withdrawal unsatisfactory (complete withdrawal only)