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The quality of work completed by a student is recognized by the assignment of points to the various grades, commonly referred to as the Four Point System:
Grade Quality Points

  • A 4
  • A- 3.7
  • B+ 3.3
  • B 3
  • B- 2.7
  • C+ 2.3
  • C 2
  • C- 1.7
  • D+ 1.3
  • D 1
  • D- .7
  • F 0

*Prior to Fall 2011, there is no distinction in quality points awarded with a plus or minus grade. For example a C+ would have 2 quality points.

The term quality hours refers to the total number of hours on which the grade point average is calculated. This measure is derived from hours attempted by subtracting the equivalent credits for those courses that are foundation level courses, those which are taken as pass/fail or under any other grading option which excludes calculation in the grade point average, those in which a grade of "I" was awarded, those in which a grade of "W" was awarded, and those which were taken for graduate credit.

A student's grade point average may be computed by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of quality hours. A student's grade point average is based only on work taken at Longwood. "Grades received in affiliate programs shall be counted in the student's GPA only if the student registered through Longwood."

Special Grading

  • I: This grade indicates that because of illness or for other good reason, the work of the semester has not been completed. When this work has been completed acceptably, a final grade will be reported. A grade of "Incomplete" will revert automatically to a grade of "F" for undergraduate students if the necessary makeup work has not been completed and the grade recorded by the middle of the subsequent regular semester. Graduate students must complete all makeup work by the end of the subsequent semester.
  • R: Re-enroll. This symbol indicates that a student has made satisfactory progress, but needs to repeat the course to reach the required exit proficiency level. The R grade will be used only in English 041, 051, and 061 and Mathematics 03 and 04.
  • P: Pass
  • AU: This symbol indicates participation on a non-credit (audit) basis by students who meet certain minimum standards set by the course instructor. Students wishing to audit must have permission from the chair of the department (except for courses in the School of Business and Economics, see the Dean) in which the course is offered and are subject to the same tuition and fees as students enrolled for credit.
  • W: This symbol indicates withdrawal without penalty. It is automatically assigned for withdrawal from the end of the drop period (first two weeks) through the seventh week of the semester and for other documented withdrawals (click here to see Withdrawal Policy).


Students may take certain courses under pass/fail. Pass/Fail courses are open to undergraduate students with 30 or more credit hours. A student may take a maximum of three courses; these courses may not be those which are required for general education or for major or minor requirements. Special non-degree students may also elect the pass/fail grading option.

The student must do satisfactory work in order to obtain a passing grade. Satisfactory work is defined as "C" work or better. Courses taken under the pass/fail option will not be included in the calcualtion of the grade point average. Students who wish to take a course for Pass/Fail credit must notify the Registration Office of that fact by the end of the first six weeks of classes in the semester, or the equivalent portion of a summer session. Once this declaration is made, grading status cannot be changed.


With department approval, a student may register for a course on an audit basis. Auditing a course means that a student enrolls in a course but does not receive academic credit. A student who registers for an audit may be subject to other course requirements at the discretion of the instructor. Audit students are charged the regular rate of tuition and fees, and an audit course is counted as part of the student's semester load.

A change in registration from "audit" to "credit" or from "credit" to "audit" must be effected by the end of the add period. A course taken for audit cannot be changed to credit at a later date, nor can a course taken for credit be changed at a later date to audit.

Repeated Courses

Repeated course grades supersede initial grades and replace previous grades in calculation of grade point average (Include/Exclude) for the first five repeats (whether or not these arise from the same or distinct courses). After five repeats, both the original and repeated grades and grade points are included in the GPA calculation. Course credits are only counted once. Grades for repeated courses after the fifth repeat are designated as RA, RB, RC, RD and RF.  The "R" grades were replaced by  an A(verage) indicator as of Fall 2011.

Grade Estimates

During the regular session, grade estimates are available to all first-year students, upperclass students making a "D" or "F", and students who are not making satisfactory academic progress (all students with a cumulative GPA less than 2.0). Estimate grades are due to the Office of the Registrar by noon on Monday of the seventh week of regularly scheduled classes and are available to students and advisors in myLongwood as soon as they are posted.

Estimates are not recorded as part of the student’s permanent academic record. They are, however, an important indicator of academic risk to students. This early warning should give the student time to improve academic performance where needed.

GPA Calculator

To calculate your grade point average, use the GPA Calculator.

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Longwood is committed to helping students succeed.  To that end, Longwood's requirements for students to remain in good standing for academic and financial aid purposes is provided in the following brochure: Making the Grade (PDF).