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Undergraduate Student Information

GPA and Grading System
Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension
Dean's List and Graduation Honors

Degree Requirements

Ways to Earn Credit

GPA and Grading System

Grade Point Average (GPA)
Student academic performance is measured by computation of the Grade Point Average (GPA). The GPA is determined by multiplying the grade point value earned in each course by the number of credits assigned to each course, summing the products of the courses attempted, and dividing by the total number of credits attempted. The average is computed only on academic work completed at Bellevue University. Undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and a major GPA of 2.5 or above.
Note: Transfer credit courses are not computed into the Bellevue University grade point average.

Grading System
The instructor using the grading system below reports a student's final grade in each course. The faculty report final grades to the Registrar at the end of each course. They become part of the student's permanent record and are included in the computations of grade points earned and the grade point average.

Letter grades for courses with their respective grade point equivalence, are:



Work of exceptional character.







Superior work and distinctly above average.







Work of average quality.







Work falls below average, but clearly above failure.





Work fails to meet minimum requirements. No academic credit awarded.



Used on a limited basis for specified courses. It is not calculated in the students GPA.


No Pass

Work fails to meet minimum requirements. No academic credit awarded.


Official Withdrawal

Indicates official withdrawal from the course. It is not calculated in your GPA.



No academic credit awarded.



If you are assigned a grade of “I” or Incomplete, this is not calculated in your GPA. It is a temporary grade the instructor gives at the end of the course to indicate that you have not completed the required coursework. Your instructor will provide a reasonable period of time to complete the required work – up to 12 weeks after the end of the class. If you do not complete the work according to the time frame specified by the faculty member, you will officially receive the grade you earned.

Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension

To complete the requirements for degree conferral student needs to have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above, a major GPA of 2.5 or above, and needs to maintain a grade point average that meets or exceeds a minimum Standard of Progress. This minimum Standard of Progress is also used to assess whether a student may be put on academic warning, probation, and suspension. Information on these topics can also be referenced in the 2012-2013 Catalog.

Minimum Standards of Progress

The minimum Standard of Progress is defined as follows:

Hours Attempted








60 or more


Undergraduate Academic Performance Standards – Warning

If you complete an academic session with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) less than the 2.0 required for graduation, but more than the applicable minimum Standard of Progress, you will be placed on Academic Warning. This action reminds you that graduation is impossible unless the academic record is improved. As long as your GPA remains in this range, Academic Warning will continue. Once you raise the GPA up to or above a 2.0, you will be removed from Academic Warning and placed in Good Standing.

Undergraduate Academic Performance Standards – Probation

If you complete an academic session with a cumulative GPA less than the applicable minimum Standard of Progress, you will be placed on Academic Probation by the Dean of Students. As a student on Academic Probation, you are not permitted to participate in any organized University activities except as part of class work. You will not be able to register for more than the minimum number of hours recognized by the University as constituting full-time status for a session. You will need to consult with your Academic Advisor to determine the exact number of hours and GPA needed to bring your record up to the minimum acceptable Standard of Progress before enrolling in the next session. Once you raise the GPA up to or above the applicable minimum of Standard of Progress, you will be moved from Academic Probation or Warning to Good Standing, depending upon the GPA earned. While on probation, you will have 8 credit hours to raise your GPA to acceptable standards, or you will be placed on suspension.

Undergraduate Academic Performance Standards – Suspension

If you are on Academic Probation and do not correct the behavior that generated the probation after taking 8 additional hours of coursework, you will be suspended by the Dean of Students. Students suspended from Bellevue University will not be re-admitted for a period of 12 months. This one-year period begins at the end of your last session of enrollment prior to suspension.

If you have been suspended from any other college, you will not be admitted to Bellevue University for a period of 12 months. If you were dismissed from another institution during the past five years, you may be accepted under the Academic Probation status with the approval of the Dean of Students. Applications from suspended students for re-admission or admission must be submitted to Dean of Students.

Appeals for Academic Standing

You may appeal any decisions made regarding their academic status as defined by this catalog. If you wish to appeal your academic standing will need to file a written appeal within 15 days from the date of written notification from the Dean of Students. Submit a detailed statement explaining the basis for the appeal to the Dean. Please include in your appeal letter any academically relevant information demonstrating either the corrective action you have taken to address performance deficits or strategies that will be taken to improve your academic performance. The Dean of Students will inform you of a decision within 15 days from receipt of the appeal. A final appeal may be made to the Chief Academic Officer-the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) within 15 days of the Dean's response. The VPAA's decision is final.

Dean's List and Graduation Honors

Dean's List

Bellevue University believes in rewarding excellence for your academic performance as a degree-seeking student in undergraduate programs. The dean's list recognizes achievement of high academic standards.

As a degree-seeking student you are eligible for the dean's list, twice per academic year. Students who complete 16 credit hours for two consecutive terms, and earn a grade point average of 3.6 each term (Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer) qualify. Regardless of GPA, an "F" during the term of eligibility disqualifies students from making the dean's list. You need to declare a major to be eligible for the dean's list. Undecided or non-degree seeking students are not eligible for the dean's list.

Graduation Honors

To be eligible for honors at graduation you need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours at Bellevue University. Credit hours earned with grades of pass/fail do not count toward graduation honors. Computer Proficiency tests, CLEP/DSST, NYU Foreign Language Proficiency exams, ELA or any other transfer credits also do not count toward Honors. Degrees with honors are awarded to candidates whose cumulative GPA in courses taken at Bellevue University fall within the following limits:

Summa Cum Laude

3.95 to 4.00

Magna Cum Laude

3.88 to 3.94

Cum Laude

3.76 to 3.87

With Distinction

3.60 to 3.75

There are no honors in graduate or Ph.D. programs as it is an honor to be accepted into a graduate program.

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