LETU Academic System
- Academic Year
The academic year is divided into two semesters -- fall and spring. Courses are also offered during summer sessions. Graduation exercises are held each year at the close of the fall and spring semesters.
The quantity of academic work is measured in credits. The semester hour is the unit for calculating credits at LeTourneau and is defined as one hour of class work per week, or its equivalent, pursued for one semester.
- Grading System
The grading system used for any class will be given to you in the course syllabus on the first day of class.
- Some faculty use fixed grading scales whereby each assignment or examination that is graded can receive a fixed maximum of points.
- Other faculty grade "on the curve" - a system where a formula is used to assure that there will be a certain number of A's, a certain number of B's, and so on.
- If you receive a low grade and do not understand why or you think the professor might have made a mistake, it is acceptable to ask the professor for the reason for the grade. However, it is not acceptable to "bargain" for a grade you do not deserve.
- Grade Points
Grade points are the numerical value assigned to each letter grade for comparative purposes.
- A = 4.00
- B = 3.00
- C = 2.00
- D = 1.00
- Grade point average (GPA)
GPAs are computed for each semester and are used as a basis for completing requirements for graduation or for permission to remain in school each succeeding semester. You may go to https://my.letu.edu/ to calculate your expected GPA at any time in the semester.
There are two devices outlined in the University Catalog which give flexibility to students who want to maintain reasonably high grade point averages:
- Course Repeat Procedure: Students may retake a course in which they have received a D or F and have the second grade entered on their record. See University Catalog for details.
- Adding and Dropping Courses: International students must remember that U.S. immigration regulations require undergraduate students to be enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours. You must work with the DSO and/or the Registrar’s Office to follow the correct procedure.
The LETU Achievement Center promotes student success by providing supportive resources for students.
Services available for free include:
- Study Halls
- Learning Strategy Consultations
- One-on-one Tutoring
- Group Tutoring
- Supplemental Instruction