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The following frequently asked questions reflect the current SVSU grading system and the commonly asked questions associated with its implementation. Inquiries regarding the definition of grading abbreviations, grade point averages, appeals, repeating courses, the President's List, the Dean's List and etcetera can be found in the following drop-downs for students to reference at will. For answers to more complex grade-related questions, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar for assistance. 

Grades are usually due at noon (12:00 PM) on Tuesday succeeding the last week of exams. However, on occasion, the semester grades will be due on a different day of the week, either due to aspects of the calendar year or for administrative reasons. 

Once a student's course has been officially marked as graded by the professor and the Office of the Registrar, the course will no longer be active and will be taken off of that current semester's schedule. The now graded course will be found in under, "My Academic Profile." 

If a student has an NR (Not Reported) grade, that means that the grades were not turned in by the professor at the noon (12 p.m.) deadline. The NR will be replaced with the correct letter grade as soon as the official grade is turned in by the professor to the Office of the Registrar. 

A W (Withdrawal) grade means a student withdrew from a class. Withdrawals after the no refund date are possible until the end of the withdrawal period (see the Important Dates Calendar). Withdrawal forms can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

Also, please note that if a course withdrawal results in a course schedule that is less than 12 credits, a student's financial aid will likely be affected. If this is the case, and the student is receiving financial aid, they must confer with the Campus Financial Services Center before withdrawing from any class. Students can reach out to the Campus Financial Services Center via (989) 964-4900 or

It is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from a course within the deadlines posted on the Important Dates Calendar

To figure out a student's potential GPA (Grade Point Average) for the semester:

  1. Multiply each number grade value by the number of credits the course is worth.
  2. Add these numbers together.
  3. Divide the added number by the total number of credits the student took that semester.
A 4 points B- 2.7 points F 0 points
A- 3.7 points C+ 2.3 points    
B+ 3.3 points C 2 points    
B 3 points D 1 point    


For example:

A 4 points 3 credits = 12
B 3 points 3 credits = 9
C+ 2.3 points 3 credits = 6.9
A 4 points 3 credits = 12
A- 3.7 points 3 credits = 11
      = 51 / 15 credits = 3.4 GPA for the semester

Students can also use the online GPA Calculator to calculate their semester GPA.

Incompletes are discussed and decided between the student and the professor to have an extended amount of time to work on assignments after the deadline for official grades are due to the Office of the Registrar. Incomplete courses are considered exceptions to regular grading practices (extenuating circumstances). Incompletes should be used sparingly and only in credible emergencies that are outside a student's control.

Students have up to four (4) weeks into the new semester before the Incomplete Contract has to be turned in for their grade. If work is not turned in by that date the grade will be default. The Incomplete Contract deadlines are university policy and are not subject to change.

A student's professor can pick up an Incomplete Contract Policy (73KB) in-person at the Office of the Registrar.

If a student feels that the final grade that was submitted by the professor is incorrect, as a student, they are allowed to appeal the decision by requesting a grade change within 30 calendar days from the final course grades that were submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

Please see the SVSU Student Handbook for the official Grade Grievance Procedure and step-by-step instructions.

Saginaw Valley State University's Repeat Policy under "Grading Scale and Policies" states that a course may be repeated at SVSU to raise a grade. All grades shall remain on the student's academic record (transcript), but in computing the GPA, the better grade will be counted.

Courses repeated will count toward the determination of full-time or part-time enrollment status.  Repeat course will not, however, add to a student's cumulative credit hours earned unless the student did not pass the course(s) in earlier efforts.  If the student earned credit hours prior to the repeat, the hours cannot be counted a second time.

A course taken at SVSU may only be repeated at another institution if the course is an equivalent course at SVSU and the initial course grade at SVSU was a D, F or WF. A grade of C- or better must be earned in the repeated course. There is no transfer of the grade earned from the institution and no recalculation of the SVSU GPA. 

(Please note, that the institution must be regionally accredited. For more information, please see the Transfer Registration FAQ.)

No course can be repeated at SVSU more than twice for a grade. Appeals for additional repeats may be made to the Dean of the appropriate college.

These are published after the INC deadline of the following semester. For Fall, the lists are published the following February, and, for Winter, the lists are published in June. To qualify for the Dean's and President's List the student must be in a SVSU undergraduate degree program and earned a minimum grade point average of 3.40 in at least 12 credits of 100-level or above course work graded on an A-B-C-D-F scale. Inclusion on the President’s List requires a 4.00 grade point average in at least 12 credits of 100-level or above course work graded A-B-C-D-F.

ENGL*080, ENGL*082, MATH*081 and MATH*082 do not apply towards Dean and President's lists. 

The Dean's and President's List are only awarded in the fall and winter semesters. 


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(989) 964-4085