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Student Records

Classification of Students

Students are classified according to the number of hours of college credit they have earned. Classifications are as follows:

Freshmen 0 - 29 earned hours
Sophomores 30 - 59 earned hours
Juniors 60 - 89 earned hours
Seniors 90 or more earned hours
Special Students Undergraduate students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Graduate Students Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and have been accepted to UT Pan American for graduate study.
Special Graduates Students who have earned a graduate degree and are continuing in another graduate program.
Doctoral Students Students who have been accepted to a doctoral program.


Course Numbers

Courses are numbered to show both the collegiate level at which they are offered and the hour value of the course. The first digit shows the level, and the second digit shows the credit hours. The last two digits are departmental designations. For example, Spanish 1301 shows that the course is taught at the freshman level and carries three hours of credit per semester. All lower-division undergraduate courses ending in the numbers 87 and 88 are honors courses. See the UTPA Undergraduate or Graduate catalog for additional information.

1000 numbered courses Freshman level
2000 numbered courses Sophomore level
3000 numbered courses Junior level
4000 numbered courses Senior level
All 5000-7000 numbered courses are masters-level courses.
All 8000-9000 numbered courses are doctoral-level courses.

Grades

Students may obtain their grades using ASSIST, Web (assist.utpa.edu) and KIOSK services. Students requiring a paper copy of their grades may request a transcript from the Office of the Registrar. See the UTPA Undergraduate or Graduate catalog for additional information.

 

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

The grade point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total grade points earned by the total hours attempted. The Cumulative Grade Point Average is calculated using all coursework (excluding repeated courses) attempted. The current semester grade point average is calculated using only coursework attempted within a specific semester. See the UTPA Undergraduate or Graduate catalog for additional information.

Grading System

UTPA uses a 4.0 system. Effective Fall 2008 the following grades are used to designate achievement in coursework. Their corresponding grade values and points are indicated. See the UTPA Undergraduate or Graduate catalog for additional information.

A Excellent 4 grade points per hour
B Good 3 grade points per hour
C Satisfactory 2 grade points per hour
D Below Average 1 grade point per hour - may not be assigned in graduate classes
F Failure 0 grade points per hour
P Passing not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours
NP No Pass not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours
IP In Progress not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours; for remedial courses only
I Incomplete not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours
CR Credit not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours; however, hours are counted in total earned hours
NC No Credit not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours
DR Course Dropped not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours
W Withdrawal from School not considered in calculating grade points or attempted hours
 

Student Confidentiality (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records whereby parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records, and the right to request that a school correct records, and that schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. Read more about FERPA .

How To Read Your Grades

Grades

Students may obtain their grades using ASSIST. Students requiring a paper copy of their grades may request a transcript from the Office of the Registrar or through ASSIST.

GPA Calculation

The institution grade point average (GPA) is calculated on courses taken at UTPA and excludes transferred grades. Institution GPA is used to determine academic standing. (refer to pg 58 of the 2011-2013 undergraduate catalog)

Academic Suspension & Probation

Students who have been placed on suspension are ineligible to register for courses at UT Pan American until the suspension period has been completed (a fall or spring semester). Students must maintain the minimum cumulative GPA for their classification (below) to be in good academic standing. Effective Fall 2014, the minimum GPA for ALL undergraduate classifications will change to 2.0 to remain in good academic standing.

Minimum GPA for Good Standing

Classification Fall 2013 Fall 2014
Freshman 1.70 2.00
Sophomore 1.80 2.00
Junior/Senior 2.00 2.00
Graduate/Doctoral 3.00 3.00

Students shall not receive special consideration for lack of knowledge of scholastic status.