Saint Louis University

Grading Scale

Saint Louis University follows a 0 - 4.0 grade-point scale. Grades are assigned as follows:

A 4.0 High achievement & intellectual initiative
A- 3.7 Approaching high achievement
B+ 3.3 Slightly higher than above average achievement
B 3.0 Above average achievement
B- 2.7 Approaching above average achievement
C+ 2.3 Slightly higher than average achievement
C 2.0 Average achievement
C- 1.7 Below average achievement. Grade does not fulfill C-or-better course requirements
D 1.0 Inferior but passing achievement
F 0.0 Failure
AF 0.0 Failure due to unauthorized withdrawal or excessive absence
Audit (course appears on transcript, but no credit is given toward graduation)
Course work incomplete due to unusual or extraordinary circumstances; will be converted to an F if not removed within one year after the course is taken
Pass (credit given but not in fulfillment of degree requirements); equivalent to a C or better
No pass (no credit given); equivalent to a D or F
Authorized withdrawal before deadline

* Grade has no effect on grade-point average.
NOTE: No course will apply to any major, minor, or certificate if the student receives a letter grade below C.

Requesting an Incomplete

The following is the process for requesting and clearing an incomplete:

  1. Student contacts the instructor, explains the circumstances, and requests an incomplete in writing (via e-mail). 
  2. The instructor forwards the written request to and discusses the circumstances with the program chair. The instructor and Center director determine if the circumstances merit an incomplete. 
  3. If they agree to grant an incomplete, the director will complete the required form. 
  4. The director will forward the contract to the instructor for electronic signature.
  5. After signing electronically, the instructor will forward the contract to the student for electronic signature.
  6. After signing electronically, the student will forward the contract to the instructor and the director.
  7. The director will forward the contract to the Student Services Director for processing.

Final Grade Appeal Process

Students who wish to appeal a final grade should first submit a written complaint to the instructor within two weeks of the term's end. If the issue remains unresolved, the student should submit a written complain to the program chair or director, who will meet with both parties individually or together to mediate a successful resolution. If the matter cannot be resolved to the satisfaction of the student and the instructor, the matter will be forwarded to the associate dean. An ad hoc faculty committee may be appointed, make a written recommendation within 10 days, and notify the student and instructor of the decision. All grade changes are subject to a statute of limitations of one year from the end of the term in which the course was completed.

Academic Probation

If a student's cumulative grade point average drops below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation and must meet with an academic advisor. A student who remains on academic probation for two terms after being informed of probationary status is subject to dismissal from the university.