May 13, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 
Undergraduate Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Grading Definition

Students are to be graded in courses according to the traditional system of letter grades (A, B, C, D and F).

Note: Hunter College implemented plus/minus grading in spring 1996 for undergraduate courses and in fall 1996 for graduate courses. We modified the undergraduate course GPA values and eliminated the grades “C-” and “D+” in spring 2000. These charts have also been updated to include the “WN” grade effective fall 2008.

Retention Standards The Board of Trustees has mandated uniform student retention standards for all the colleges that are part of the City University system. Under these standards, decisions about whether or not students may continue in a CUNY college are made on the basis of the grade point average (GPA). In order to make these decisions, course grades are assigned quality points (which count toward the GPA), as shown in the following table:

Quality Points Grade Definition (GPA Index)


97.5 - 100% 4.0


92.5 - 97.4% 4.0


90.0 - 92.4% 3.7


87.5 - 89.9% 3.3


82.5 - 87.4% 3.0


80.0 - 82.4% 2.7


77.5 - 79.9% 2.3


70.0 - 77.4% 2.0


60.0 - 69.9% 1.0


0.0 - 59.9% 0.0


Credit earned (equivalent to A, B, C) -


No credit granted (equivalent to D or F) -


Official withdrawal (cannot be assigned by instructor) -


Unofficial withdrawal (assigned by instructor) (counts a F) 0.0


Term’s work incomplete. This may include absence from final examination. -


F from incomplete; an administrative grade used when INC reverts to F; this occurs if grade is not made up by the end of the following semester. 0.0
#F, #FIN, #WU failing grade course repeated  (No longer used effective spring 2013)  

Never attended. (equivalent to an F grade for fall 2008, spring 2009 and summer 2009 ONLY)

        *WN Unofficial withdrawal (Student never attended) - Not counted towards GPA (No longer used effective spring 2013)  


Year’s course of study - must complete entire year of study. Students cannot graduate with a Y grade on record. See the instructor for department chair for a change of grade. -


Auditor - No Credit (Undergraduate students only) -


No grade submitted by instructor (an administrative grade which cannot be assigned by the instructor). Students cannot graduate with a Z grade on record. see the instructor or department chair for a change of grade -

(preceding a letter grade): authorized course was repeated



(preceding a letter grade): unauthorized course was repeated (No longer used effective spring 2013) -


Administrative withdrawal - Proof of immunization not provided -

Withdraw Drop (Dropped after Financial Aid Certification date during the second or third week of classes. Indicates that student has attended at least one class session)


Absent from final exam, discontinued fall 1988

A placeholder grade submitted by the Office of Student Conduct when a student is alleged to have committed a violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity and the student denies the allegation. The PEN grade is a placeholder during the pending resolution of the allegation and will be changed by the instructor following such resolution.