Academic Terms

DEFINITIONS OF ACADEMIC TERMS

Academic Year

The academic year is divided into two regular semesters, fall and spring, and a summer semester.

Credit Hour

The semester hour is the unit for calculating credit and is defined in LeTourneau's traditional, undergraduate programs as one hour of class work per week, or its equivalent, pursued for one semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. Credit for laboratory work will count as indicated in the course descriptions.

Grades and Grade Points

Academic standing is determined by grades earned from class work and examinations.  The grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total grade points earned at LeTourneau University by the total semester hours attempted at LeTourneau University, with a maximum possible GPA of 4.00.  Every course taken at LeTourneau University in which a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or WF was received is included in the total hours attempted.  The WF grade is calculated on the same basis as an F.  Courses and grades transferred from other institutions do not count in the GPA.  A cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required for graduation.  Five grades are given for passing work, with significance as follows:

Letter  Grade Recommended Range Description  Grade Points per Semester Hour
A 90 - 100 Excellent

4

B 80 - 89 Good 3
C 70 - 79 Satisfactory 2
D 60 - 69 Poor 1
S Pass Pass 0

*For undergraduate programs, a grade of D may not be passing for some courses. Check program requirements.

*For graduate programs a grade of D will not count toward meeting graduation requirements.   

Additional grades may be given as follows:

U Unsatisfactory
I Incomplete: for circumstances beyond the control of the student
F Failed: no credit except by repeating the course
W Withdrawn, without penalty
WF Withdrawn, Failing
X No grade was reported by the instructor
AU Audit

 

Incomplete Grades

When extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student prevent him or her from completing all of the requirements given for a course, a grade of “I” (incomplete) may be issued in lieu of an “F” (failure). Students must satisfactorily complete the work before May 1st for Fall courses and before December 1st for Spring or Summer courses.  An earlier deadline may be set at the discretion of the instructor. Students will receive a grade of “F” if they fail to complete the course by the stated deadline.

Honors

Semester Honors:   Two levels of semester honors are recognized for full-time traditional students: the Dean's List and the President's List. Those who achieve a semester GPA of between 3.50 and 3.99, inclusive, are included in the Dean's List. Those who achieve a semester GPA of 4.00 are included in the President's List. (Students receiving any "incomplete" grade (or an I) during the semester will not be eligible for semester honors.)

Graduation Honors:  See Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate Student Classifications

 Freshman: 0 - 30 total semester hours earned (including transfer hours).
Sophomore: 31 - 60 total semester hours earned (including transfer hours).
Junior: 61 - 90 total semester hours earned (including transfer hours).
Senior: 91 or more total semester hours earned (including transfer hours).
Auditor: Student attending classes for no credit.
Full Time: Enrolled for 12 or more semester hours.
Part Time: Enrolled for less than 12 semester hours.
Regular: Meets all the admissions standards and requirements established by the University and   enrolled in a degree program.
Special: Non-degree student meeting special student admissions standards.
Dual Enroll: Special student who had not completed high school yet.
 

Graduate Student Classifications

 Auditor: Student attending classes for no credit.
Full Time: Enrolled for 9 or more semester hours.
Part Time: Enrolled for less than 9 semester hours.
Regular: Meets all the admissions standards and requirements established by the University and   enrolled in a degree program.
Special: Non-degree student meeting special student admissions standards.
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