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Calculating Grade Point Average
Quality (Grade) Points + Quality Hours = GPA
A grade point average (GPA) is calculated by using the formula above.
1. Quality points are hours attempted multiplied by grade points
awarded. (Refer to the Table of Grade Definitions and Points.)
2. Quality hours are all hours attempted (including grades of F,
WF and I), minus ungraded hours (CR or P).
Credit by Examination
If past grades or test scores indicate outstanding academic
achievement, it is possible to be exempt from or to receive college
credit for certain courses. This provision does not apply to the first
four required general education Bible courses (BIBL 101 or 104, 102
or 105, 211, 212).
No credit by examination will be awarded for a course that a
student has taken.
A maximum of 30 semester hours earned by examination may be
counted toward an undergraduate degree. All hours of credit by
examination earned, however, will be listed on the official transcript.
No tuition is charged for credit by examination, but a recording
fee is charged per course. Unsuccessful attempts to earn credit by
examination are not shown on transcripts. For more information,
contact the Office of Career and Academic Development or the
"Challenging" a Course
Under exceptional circumstances, a student's past experience may
provide the student with experiences equivalent to one of the
undergraduate courses offered by the university. The student should
see the chair of the appropriate department to discuss whether that
experience might provide knowledge and skills comparable to the
knowledge and skills expected through the course work. If it has,
the chair and dean may approve the student for possible credit by
exam, through either the standard exam, if available, for which
credit is granted in that course or for a special exam supplied by the
department. Such course-challenge credit is subject to the limitations
explained in the Credit by Examination section above. Because of the
nature of some courses, they are never credited through challenge or
examination. When credit is awarded during the first week of the
semester, a full refund will be approved. For additional information,
see the "Credit by Examination" brochure available from the Office
of Career and Academic Development.
The following information applies to the 2005-06 academic year and is
subject to change for 2006-07.
New students, including transfer students with fewer than 65
transferable degree credits, may be required or given the option to
complete placement testing.
The following COMPASS placement tests are available:
* Advanced Mathematics Placement Test - required for
all students majoring in math, science, computer science or
pre-health (except nursing) regardless of ACT/SAT scores. This test
is used for placement into MATH 121 (PreCalculus I), MATH 124
(PreCalculus II) or MATH 185 (Calculus I). Students who have
earned credit for MATH 185 from AP or CLEP do not need to take
this placement test.
* Mathematics Placement Test - optional for those students
who scored below 20 on ACT Math or below 500 on SAT Math.
This test can be taken if a student wishes to improve his/her
course placement or eliminate a mathematics course, which
would not earn graduation credit
* English Placement Test - optional for those students who
scored below 19 on ACT English or 470 on SAT Critical Reading
(Verbal). This test can be taken if a student wishes to improve
his/her course placement or eliminate an English course, which
would not earn graduation credit.
Placement tests may be attempted twice but must be completed
before the semester begins. Students are not eligible for placement
testing after beginning any MATW, MATH, or ENGL course. However,
students who have completed MATW 019 are eligible to take a
placement test for entrance into MATH 121 or 123, since passing
the placement test is a prerequisite for these courses.
Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from each college
previously attended and a high school official transcript. To be official,
a transcript labeled "official" by the issuing institution must be
transmitted in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution
to the receiving institution. Admitted students who have 65 or more
semester hours of transferable college credit are not required to take
the SAT or ACT if they have met all General Education requirements
at ACU. They must be in good standing with the college or university
previously attended. Those on suspension at another institution are
not eligible for admission to ACU.
All course work from any institution, completed prior to enrollment
at ACU, will be evaluated according to the following policy or
according to a specific transfer articulation agreement with the
prior institution. How transfer credit is applied toward an ACU
undergraduate degree depends on an evaluation of each course to
determine its comparability in content and semester-hour credit to a
corresponding ACU course or degree requirement. Accredited transfer
courses may be blocked to meet comparable requirements at ACU.
When no comparability is found, an accredited course is counted as
an elective. A course that carries more credit than the corresponding
ACU course or requirement is counted as equivalent; the additional
hours are counted as elective credit.
Grades for transfer courses (outside the intercollege agreement) are
not included in the student's GPA at ACU.
To be eligible to graduate with honors (magna, summa, cum laude),
students must have completed 64 hours of courses at ACU.
Transferring Credit at the Time of Admission
1. Transfer courses with a grade of "C" or higher from
regionally accredited institutions will be posted to the
student's ACU record and may count toward graduation
if the credits are appropriate.
2. Transfer courses will be posted at the same level they were
taken at a previous institution. ACU accepts only courses
equivalent or comparable to courses offered at ACU.
3. ACU does not offer nor accept college credit for
vocational/technical training or for work force
4. Evaluation of transfer work intended to meet specific ACU
degree requirements is the responsibility of the chair of the
department offering the comparable course at ACU.
5. No more than 66 semester hours of credit from a community,
junior or other two-year college may be applied toward an
6. The maximum number of transferred credit hours that may be
applied toward an ACU undergraduate degree is 96.
7. A student who transfers four different exercise science activity
courses to ACU is exempt from taking EXSC 100. (The
maximum number of activity courses that may be applied
toward an ACU degree is four.)
8. Grades for transfer courses are not included in the student's
GPA at ACU.
9. See Bible Hours Required for Transfer Students for information
about how transfer hours affect general education Bible
10. Students who transfer fewer than 22 hours that apply toward
an ACU degree are required to take University Seminar (U 100).
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