GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Grade points are computed by multiplying the number of semester
hour credits per course by the grade earned. The grade point average
(GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of quality points
by the total number of net hours taken. In the calculation of
grade point average, the semester hours for the first repetition
of a course will not count in computing net semester hours taken,
but in subsequent repetitions, semester hours will be included
in computing net semester hours taken. For a repeated course,
the higher grade of the first two course grades earned plus the
grades on all other repetitions will determine the number of quality
points earned. Other institutions, however, may recalculate a
student's grade point average and include all grades in that calculation.
All grades will appear on the student's Francis Marion University
transcript. A student with a low grade point average is advised
to repeat courses for which a grade of D or F was earned.
A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required
for graduation on all work attempted at FMU (including four-year
cooperative programs). In addition, a student must maintain an
average of 2.0 or higher in his/her major courses in order to
meet graduation requirements. Some programs may require a higher
GPA for admission, continuance in the program, and/or graduation.
Advanced placement credits, credits transferred from accredited
institutions (except for credit for specific courses taken in
approved fourth-year programs), credits earned through correspondence
and/or extension work, and credit for courses taken on a Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory
basis are not used in computing a student's grade point average
but may be accepted toward a degree.
For calculating the GPA for honor graduates, see the "Honor Graduates"
section later in this chapter.
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