Grading Methods

Credit/No Credit: Students may choose to take a course to earn credit/no credit rather than a grade. No more than once course per term and two courses in a year may be taken on a credit/no credit basis. Courses taken to satisfy the general education or major requirements may not be taken under the credit/no credit option. One credit/no credit course may be used in the minor with department head approval.

Application to Audit a Course: Students wishing to attend a class without receiving college credit may do so with the consent of the instructor and the Registrar. Minimum requirement is a 3.00 cum GPA.

To audit a course, complete the audit application form and turn it in to the Registrar's office.  If space is available on the first day of classes, the Registrar's office will register you in the course as an Audit.  Do not register yourself in a course you intend to audit. Completion of an Audited Course will be indicated on your transcript with an “AU” grade. If you quit attending the course, you must withdraw. Failure to withdraw will result in a “NC” grade.

There is no charge to full-time students for auditing a course.

Withdrawing from Courses: If a student chooses to not complete a course, it must be dropped on My.luther.edu by the published deadline. Students who drop a course after the deadline to drop with no record, but before the withdrawal deadline will receive a “W” grade for the course. Failure to withdraw will result in a failing grade.

Calculating your GPA: All courses for which a letter grade (A-F) is recorded are computed in the grade point average. The grade point average is determined by dividing the total number of grade points a student has earned by the number of semester hours of work were letter graded. Grades received at other institutions are NOT averaged with grades received at Luther College for the purpose of meeting college GPA requirements. Other agencies and honorary societies will compute averages in accordance with their own standards and policies.

To calculate your GPA:

  • Multiply grade value times the number of credits for total grade points.
  • Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of letter graded credits carried. (W and CR/NC grades are not calculated in the GPA.)
Letter Grade A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
Grade Point 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.0

GPA Calculation Template

Grade Points Number of Credits that Received this Grade Total Grade Points Earned
A 4.0 X =
A- 3.7 X =
B+ 3.3 X =
B 3.0 X =
B- 2.7 X =
C+ 2.3 X =
C 2.0 X =
C- 1.7 X =
D+ 1.3 X =
D 1.0 X =
D- 0.7 X =
F 0.0 X =
Column A Total= Column B Total=

Column B Total_____/Column A Total_____=GPA_____