Explanation of Credit, Grading System, and Symbols

Hours Attempted. The number of hours attempted is the total number of semester credit hours for which a student has enrolled and received grades of “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-,” “F,” “W,” or “CR” except as provided for repeated courses.

Hours Earned. The hours earned by a student are the number of semester credit hours in which grades of “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-,” or “CR” have been received.

Grade Point Average. The UTSA grade point average is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned at UTSA by the number of for-credit semester credit hours attempted at UTSA. Credits and grades for work completed at other institutions or credits earned by examination are not included in the UTSA grade point average.

GPA calculations on transcripts generated after February 1, 2000, do not round up but truncate to the second decimal place (example: 3.816 truncates to 3.81 with no rounding). Before that time, grade point averages were rounded up to 1 one-hundredth of a point.

Students who are in a UTSA-hosted degree program through the UT Online Consortium (UTOC) and declare UTSA as their home institution will have the courses taken at other institutions through the UTOC listed on their UTSA transcript and counted in their UTSA grade point average. Other credit courses taken through the UTOC count as transfer credit and apply to a UTSA degree as determined by the student’s academic advisor.

The following table explains UTSA grade symbols.

Grade Symbol Grade Points Meaning of Grade Symbol
A+ 4.00 Outstanding
A 4.00 Outstanding
A- 3.67 Above Average
B+ 3.33 Above Average
B 3.00 Above Average
B- 2.67 Average
C+ 2.33 Average
C 2.00 Average
C- 1.67 Below Average
D+ 1.33 Below Average (See Graduate Academic Probation)
D 1.00 Below Average (See Graduate Academic Probation)
D- 0.67 Below Average (See Graduate Academic Probation)
F 0 Failure(See Graduate Academic Dismissal)
CR 0 Credit. Indicates successful credit by examination (see Credit by Examination) or through faculty evaluation of selected internships and practica.
NC 0 No Credit. Indicates unsatisfactory progress.
W 0 Withdrawal. Indicates that the student was passing at the time of withdrawal or drop.
IN 0 Incomplete. Assigned at the discretion of the instructor; see details below.
NR 0 No report. Assigned only by the Registrar when unusual circumstances do not allow a student's grade to be entered by the deadline for processing grades. It is replaced with the official grade as soon as possible.
EX 0 Expelled
RP 0 Research in Progress. Used to denote research in progress only for ARC 6991, ARC 6996, MUS 6913, and Master's Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation courses. When the project, thesis, or dissertation is complete, the "RP" grades will be changed to letter grades up to the maximum number of semester credit hours approved for the specific degree.

Credit/No-Credit. Students may earn “CR” or “NC” grades only for specific courses listed in this catalog as graded on a credit/no-credit basis.

Incomplete. The grade “IN” is given by an instructor to indicate that some part of the work of a student in a course has, for good reason, not been completed, while the rest of the student’s work in the course was satisfactorily completed. The Incomplete allows a student to complete the course without repeating it. A grade of Incomplete may not be assigned when a definite grade can be given for the work done. The student must have been in attendance at least three-fourths of the term to receive a grade of “IN.”

Whenever a grade of Incomplete is assigned, the instructor is required to submit requirements for removal of the Incomplete. During the regular grading period this is done electronically. After the grade submission deadline, a Requirements for Removal of Incomplete form must be submitted to the Dean’s office. The Dean’s office will then submit the form to the Office of the Registrar. The instructor is responsible for filing a Change of Grade form with the Office of the Registrar when all work is finished.

Incomplete work must be made up no later than the end of the final examination period one year from the semester the Incomplete was received and before the student’s graduation. If the work is not completed within this time, the “IN” remains on the student’s record, and credit may be earned only when the student reenrolls in the course and completes the entire course satisfactorily. The time limit does not apply to graduate-level thesis, internship, or dissertation courses, except that an “IN” cannot be removed after a degree is awarded. The time limit does apply to all other graduate courses, including special problems and independent study courses.

In no circumstances will grades be changed after one calendar year.