Learn more about the grading and notation system utilized at Mesa College.
Unit of Credit
A unit of credit represents one hour of lecture or recitation and two hours of preparation
per week, or three hours of laboratory per week for one semester.
Your grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total grade points earned
by the total grade point units completed as listed in the chart above.
P/NP - Pass/No Pass; I - Incomplete; W - Withdrawal; IP - In Progress; EW - Excused
Withdrawal; RD - Report Delayed. Administrative symbols are not used for computation
of GPA. See below for further explanation.
Pass/No Pass (P/NP)
Pass/No Pass (P/NP) is a non-punitive grading system where such units earned
will be counted in satisfaction of curricular requirements but will be disregarded
in determining your grade point average.
A symbol of "I," Incomplete, may be assigned by an instructor if you are unable
to complete academic work for unforeseeable emergency and/or justifiable reason at
the end of term. A final grade will be assigned when the work stipulated has been
completed and evaluated by the instructor or when the time limit for completion of
the work has passed. An "I" must be made up no later than one year following the end
of the term in which it was assigned. In the event of unusual, verifiable circumstances
beyond your control, you may file a petition for extension of the one-year limit.
Course repetition is not permitted to remove an Incomplete.
You may request an official withdrawal from classes or have one initiated on
your behalf by the instructor of Vice President, Student Services. The following conditions
apply to official withdrawal:
- No record of the class will be entered on your permanent record if the official withdrawal
is made by the deadline to drop without a "W" being recorded as published in the schedule
- If the withdrawal is made after the deadline for withdrawing without a "W" and prior
to the deadline for withdrawal published in the class schedule for that session, a
"W" will be recorded on your permanent record. No exception to the policy will be
- If you are attending a session after the deadline for withdrawal, you will not be
eligible to receive a "W" and must be assigned an academic grade or other administrative
symbol by the instructor. Exceptions to this policy will be made only upon verification
of extreme circumstances beyond your control.
- Withdrawal (W) symbols will be used in the calculation of lack of progress probation
and disqualification status.
- If you are a student in active duty or reserve duty, you may petition for a "military"
withdrawal. This withdrawal is not calculated in the determination of academic progress
and is noted on your academic record.
- You will be allowed a maximum of three withdrawals in any course.
A symbol of "IP," In Progress, will be assigned when a class extends beyond
the normal end of a semester or summer session, that is, when the class "carries over"
from one term to the next. The appropriate grade, however, will be assigned and appear
on your record for the term during which the course is completed. The "IP" will remain
on your academic record and will not be used in the calculation of your GPA.
A symbol of an "EW," Excused Withdrawal, may be assigned when you are permitted
to withdraw from a course(s) due to specific circumstances beyond your control affecting
your ability to complete a course(s).
If you are requesting an Excused Withdrawal, you must obtain a Petition for
Excused Withdrawal (EW). We recommend that you visit with a counselor to discuss alternative
options to an Excused Withdrawal to be sure that this choice is the best course of
action for your academic career.
- Excused withdrawal will not be counted in progress probation and dismissal calculations
- Excused withdrawal will not be counted as an enrollment attempt
Pass/No Pass Grading Policy
There are some courses which can be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. These are
designated in the course description that states whether courses may be taken for
"Pass/No Pass" or "Letter Grade." You may elect to be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis
if you are a student in good standing. A grade of "Pass" (P) shall be awarded only
for work which otherwise would have received a grade of "C" or better. Work that would
have received a "D" or "F" will be graded "No Pass" (NP). The units earned will be
counted in satisfaction of program requirements, but will be disregarded in determining
your GPA. If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, you should review the
Pass/No Pass acceptance policy of the transfer institution prior to requesting the
You may change from a "Letter Grade" option to a "Pass/No Pass" option during registration
or up until the published deadline. To select a "Pass/No Pass" option for the course,
go to the "Efit Class Enrollment Options" page on your mySDCCD portal. The deadline
is listed under "Important Deadlines." After the "Pass/No Pass" Deadline, the "Letter
Grade" or "Pass/No Pass" Option may not be changed for that class.
Final grades will be issued at the end of each semester. In the absence of mistake,
fraud, incompetence, or bad faith, the determination of your grade by the instructor
will be final once it has been recorded by the Registrar's Office. You may challenge
a grade or request a change to your academic record within two years from the date
of issuance. If you wish to challenge a grade, you should first attempt to resolve
the challenge informally with the instructor. Grade challenges must be processed under
District Procedure 3001.2, Grade Challenge Procedure.