2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) 
    
    Jul 16, 2019  
2011-2012 Walden University Student Handbook (June 2012) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Grade Point Average


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Graduate Students

Students in graduate programs must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above to graduate. The GPA is calculated according to the point values in the grading scale.

Grades of NC (No Credit) and W (Withdraw) are non-punitive and do not figure into the GPA. Withdrawals and grades of NC, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for financial aid academic progress requirements. 



Undergraduate Students

Students in undergraduate programs must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or above to graduate. The grade point average is calculated according to the point values in the grading scale.

Grades of NC (No Credit) and W (Withdraw) do not figure into the GPA. Withdrawals and grades of NC, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for financial aid academic progress requirements.

Calculating GPA

As of June 5, 2009, Walden University began calculating a program GPA for all current students. All courses completed during a student’s program apply toward the program GPA. This GPA is used to verify satisfactory academic progress, verify degree validation, and determine a student’s eligibility for financial aid. This includes students who may change concentrations or specializations within a program. All courses taken in that program apply toward the student’s university program GPA.

Prior to June 5, 2009, the GPA comprised all courses taken at the student degree level.

Exceptions: Students who graduated on or before May 24, 2009

  • Will not have the program GPA included on their transcripts. Graduates in this category may find their GPA below their final term of enrollment in the validated program.
  • And who return to the university in a second program of the same level as the initial program will not have a separate program GPA reflected on their transcript for the initial program.

Please see the Financial Aid Programs  section of this Walden University Student Handbook for additional information.

Grades Used to Calculate GPA and Included on Transcript

Grade Used in GPA Calculation Included on Transcript
A, B, C, D, F Yes Yes
S, U No Yes
CIP No No
I No Yes, temporarily (see Grades of Incomplete section)
W No Yes
NC No Yes
AU No Yes