Grades are the method of assessing student progress. Students are issued grades at mid-semester and a final grade at the end of the semester.
Student grade reports are available at mid-semester and at the end of the semester. Only the semester grades are entered on the student's permanent records (transcript). Semester grade reports are available through the student portal myESU. Specific information about access to the student portal is mailed to each student upon his or her initial enrollment at East Stroudsburg University.
It is the responsibility of each student to check grade reports at mid-semester and at the end of the semester. Students are expected to check grade reports as they are available to be aware of academic performance in each course, to register for courses for the next semester, and to address issues related to course grades immediately. Grade reports are an important tool for assessing academic progress.
Quality Point System
In addition to meeting course and semester hour requirements for graduation, students must maintain a specified academic level throughout a given curriculum as measured by quality points. The minimum number of quality points required for graduation is twice the number of semester hours of credit attempted. Pass/fail courses are not used in the computation of the quality point average. Work completed at other colleges and accepted as transfer credit is not considered in computing the quality point average. The required quality point average for graduation is 2.000 or higher. Some degree programs require a higher cumulative quality point average.
Each semester hour grade is calculated as follows:
|A||4.000 quality points|
|A-||3.667 quality points|
|B+||3.333 quality points|
|B||3.000 quality points|
|B-||2.667 quality points|
|C+||2.333 quality points|
|C||2.000 quality points|
|C-||1.667 quality points|
|D||1.000 quality points|
|E||0 quality points|
Calculating Grade Point Average
Calculating of grade point average is done using the steps below.
- Grade symbols are translated into quality points per semester hour of credit as listed above.
- The university recognizes that a good grade in a three-semester-hour course requires more work than in a two-semester-hour course. Owing to this, the university follows a system which recognizes both the quality and quantity of a student's work. Under this system, the number of quality points for each letter grade (e.g. four points for an A) is multiplied by the number of semester hours of credit for the course.
- Quality points are awarded only for work completed at East Stroudsburg University. Work completed at other colleges and accepted as transfer credit is not considered in computing the quality point average.
The maximum time for completing course requirements to remove incomplete grades is one year from the end of the session in which the "I" grade was assigned. After that time, the "I" grade will automatically be converted by the Registrar to an E, F, or U based on the grade mode for the course. The student can then only earn credits for the course by registering for it again in another semester.
If a student applies for graduation in a session before the one-year period has expired, the course requirements must be completed by the end of that session, or the "I" grade will be converted by the Registrar to an E, F, or U based on the grade mode for the course.
Students who cannot complete the required coursework during the specified time period should notify the faculty member as soon as possible. A faculty member who chooses to deviate from this policy will require the student to sign a contract specifying conditions necessary for course completion, which may include a time period for completion of less than one year or other conditions. The faculty member will also notify the Registrar of any changes to the completion date.
A student desiring to audit a course must submit an official request to the Student Enrollment Center after securing the approval of the professor of the course. A change of registration from credit to audit or from audit to credit may occur only during the first seven calendar days of the semester. Auditing students pay the same tuition and fees as students taking courses for credit.
Please note: Senior citizens registering for courses under the special student status will automatically be assigned an audit grade.
Undergraduate students will be limited to a maximum total of six repeats during their enrollment at East Stroudsburg University. This is an individual course count (not credit). Students cannot repeat more than six courses.
A single course can only be taken a maximum of three times. That is, the course should appear no more than three times on a transcript. The most recent grade, regardless of whether it is higher or lower, will be the grade used for the GPA calculation. All other grades earned for repeated courses will be marked as such on the student’s academic transcript.
Developmental Education Courses
The Course Repeat Policy limit will not apply to Developmental Education courses such as MATH 090 and ENGL 090. However, the most recent grade will be the grade used for assessing academic progress for both the semester and overall calculations. Credits earned will count towards Class Standing (Classification Level). Credits and grades will appear on transcript but credits will not count towards the minimum number of credits required for graduation.
Minimum Cumulative Quality Point
Regular matriculated students who have a grade point average below a 2.0 may be in academic warning.
Class Standing/Classification Level
Class designation is determined by the number of semester hours of work which the student has satisfactorily completed in accordance with the following:
|Semester Hours Completed||Class|
|0 - 29.9||Freshman|
|30 - 59.9||Sophomore|
|60 - 89.9||Junior|
|90 and over||Senior|
A student at East Stroudsburg University must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.000 in order to graduate (individual departments may, however, stipulate higher graduation requirements), complete the general education requirements and competencies requirements, and file an intent to graduate request. Intent to graduate requests may be directed to the Student Enrollment Center. Priority processing deadlines for applying for graduation are November 1 for May graduation, and April 1 for August and December graduation. The university holds three commencement exercises during the academic year, one at the end of the fall semester and two at the end of the spring semester. Students with only an outstanding required internship that will be completed during the summer may participate in the spring ceremony. Students graduating in August may participate in the December ceremony.
The official degree conferral/graduation date is posted on the student's permanent record (transcript) as the semester when all degree requirements have been completed and confirmed by the Registrar or her designee.
In order to qualify for graduation honors, (the only honors other than the University Leadership Award to be announced at commencement exercises), a student must have completed at East Stroudsburg University 45 credits in which the letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D or E are assigned. Students who have the appropriate grade point average at the time the honor's designation is determined, and who will have met the 45-credit minimum once the final semester is completed, will be granted graduation honors as follows:
|Summa Cum Laude||Cumulative quality point average 3.8 or above|
|Magna Cum Laude||Cumulative quality point average 3.6 to 3.799|
|Cum Laude||Cumulative quality point average 3.4 to 3.599|
Graduation honors are based on all work completed at East Stroudsburg University by March 15 of the academic year for May commencement, and by Nov. 1 for December commencement. The official university transcript will carry the appropriate honors designation based on all work completed at the university.