Grades and Grade Points

Grades are a measure for the cadet to monitor his/her own progress towards excellence in many aspects of the training program. At Commencement, cadets achieving an accumulated grade point average (GPA) of 3.71-3.80 graduate with the distinction Cum Laude, cadets achieving a grade point average of 3.81 - 3.90 graduate with the distinction Magna Cum Laude, and cadets achieving a grade point average of 3.91 and above graduate with the distinction Summa Cum Laude. The cadet with the second highest accumulated grade point average is designated Salutatorian, and the cadet with the highest accumulated grade point average is designated Valedictorian.

Final grades are due from instructors one week following the final exam or class meeting .

The academic standing of each cadet will be recorded for transcript purposes at the end of each quarter at which time the cadet will be informed of his/her grades. The grading system follows:

Grades not entered into GPA calculation

P Pass
A pass grade indicates an achievement of C level or above and can be given for designated courses. Achievement below C level results in a failure (F).
I Incomplete (unforeseen)
If cadets encounter an extreme, sudden situation beyond their control during an academic term that renders them unable to complete their course assignments in the allotted time before final grade submission, they may be considered for an “Incomplete.”

This may occur in coordination with the Personnel Department and each case will be considered on an individual basis. The process is as follows

  • Education Officer meets with instructor and cadet.
  • Cadet meets with the Education Officer to review plan to determine if a mark of “I” (Incomplete) is warranted.
  • Instructor and cadet meet to consult and agree on work and date of completion. This may include the cadet viewing class tapes and completing an assignment.
  • Education Officer will present case to the Academic Review Board (ARB) for review.
  • Once approved, the “I” (Incomplete) will appear on the transcript and will remain on the transcript along with the final course grade.
  • The completed work must be submitted to the instructor by noon on the Friday of the fourth week of the following academic quarter or, in the case of spring quarter, by September 1, unless otherwise decided by ARB.
I Incomplete (planned)
Occasionally, certain situations may arise with gradual or significant advance knowledge including elective surgery, pregnancy, maternity/paternity, illness of cadet child/family member, and/or other concerns, where an extended period of absence is anticipated and subsequent incomplete course work might result. The Education Officer will make arrangements with the cadet and the instructor with input from the Personnel Department. The process is as follows:
  • Education Officer informs instructor and cadet.
  • Cadet meets with the Education Officer to review plan to determine if a mark of “I” (Incomplete) is warranted.
  • Instructor and cadet meet to consult and agree on work and date of completion. This may include the cadet viewing class tapes and completing all assignments.
  • Education Officer will present case to the ARB for review.
  • Once approved, the “I” (Incomplete) will appear on the transcript and will remain on the transcript along with the final course grade.
  • The completed work must be submitted to the instructor by noon on the Friday of the fourth week of the following academic quarter or, in the case of spring quarter, by September 1, unless otherwise decided by ARB.
  • Exception to this would only be in effect if an assignment requires group/personal presentations whereby “alternative” work may be assigned that corresponds to the assignment(s) missed.