Academic Success

Understanding Your Grades and GPA

The following tables list the grades that are used at Baruch College and show how they are calculated to determine the grade point average (GPA).

Letter Grades and Grade Point Equivalents
A 4.0 93.0–100.0
A- 3.7 90.0–92.9
B+ 3.3 87.1–89.9
B 3.0 83.0–87.0
B- 2.7 80.0–82.9
C+ 2.3 77.1–79.9
C 2.0 73.0–77.0
C- 1.7 70.0–72.9
D+ 1.3 67.1–69.9
D 1.0 60.0–67.0
F 0.0 below 60.0


Excellent (A, A-).
Very good (B+, B, B-).
Average (C+, C).
Poor (C-, D+, D).
Failure (F). See the policy on the repetition of failing grades.

GPA Calculation

To calculate your GPA you must first look at the GPA sheet to see the points you have earned for each class. The number of points as you can see from the sheet is determined by the grade you earned and the number of credits the course is equivalent to. You must add the points and divide by the # of credits.  If you earn an F/WU/FIN grade you must add these credits to your total.

 [Points for all Baruch courses] / [Total Baruch credits (including F’s)]= GPA

Grades Equivalent to an F:

            FIN, WU, FPN, FAB

The GPA is determined strictly by courses taken at Baruch or courses taken on
E-Permit through a 4 year CUNY school.

Minimum Acceptable GPA

Credits GPA
0–14.9 1.5
15– 29.9 1.75
30 or more 2.0

It should be noted there are different GPA requirements for eligibility for financial aid programs (state and federal) and for retention within the College. See the financial aid section of the current Undergraduate bulletin, the Schedule of Classes, or the Financial Aid Office for eligibility requirements.

Additional Grades

The following grades are also used on the transcript. A definition of each of these grades appears below.


Given only when the student has earned an average term grade of 50 percent or better for work already completed, but the term’s work is incomplete and the instructor agrees that the reason for the lateness is valid. Completed assignments must be handed in to the instructor so that the grade can be resolved by the end of the final examination period of the subsequent semester, or it becomes a grade of FIN, the equivalent of F.


Only allowed to students in the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences. Read Pass/Fail option in the Undergraduate Guide to Academic Policies and Procedures and follow the proper procedure. This grade is also used when you complete an ESL course. The P grade is not included in GPA calculation.


Assigned to students who officially drop a course after the refund period and prior to the completion of two-thirds of the semester.


Course must be repeated until minimum proficiency is attained. Given in noncredit ESL courses.


Only for nondegree students (an auditor or listener in the class). No credit granted.


Credit earned (transfer credits, business experience, military service, or exemption credit). Grades in these courses are not included in computation of the scholastic index or in computing class standing. These grades are included to determine eligibility for graduation honors.


An intermediate grade assigned after the first of a two semester, or the first two of a three-semester, Honors sequence to signify work in progress. (Honors courses are numbered 6001H, 6002H, and 6003H.) The Y grade is not included in calculating the grade point average. Each Y grade is replaced by the earned letter grade when the sequence has been completed.


No grade submitted by the instructor (the Z grade is assigned by the Registrar's Office).


Pending. The PEN grade may be used only when a grade is under review by the academic committees for possible infraction of academic integrity standards.


Administrative withdrawal, given when a student fails to document compliance with New York State Public Health Law 2165 regarding measles, mumps, and rubella within 30 days of registration (45 days for international students). This grade does not carry academic penalty.


Assigned to students who never attended and did not officially withdraw. Non-punitive.


Withdrew unofficially.  Student attended at least one (1) class session. A WU may not be assigned if a student has taken the final examination.