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Grading and Academic Progress

Unlike most high schools, grades are not mailed to home addresses or given out in class.

  • To get final course grades, Cabrini students log into the Cabrini Portal at portal.cabrini.edu, select “Students,” “Student Records,” and then “Final Grades.”
  • Grades are generally available approximately 2–3 days after completion of the semester.

Mid-Term Grades
Faculty teaching undergraduate 15-week courses will provide students with mid-term letter grades, designed to help students understand how they are doing at the halfway point of the semester.

  • Mid-term grades do not necessarily reflect 50% of the final grade, only the work done to date.
  • They will not be used to calculate GPA at the end of the term or appear on students’ permanent transcripts.

Mid-term grades can be accessed the same way final grades are viewed, through the Cabrini Portal at portal.cabrini.edu.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Cabrini uses the 4.0 grading system to evaluate students’ achievements in a course. Each letter grade is assigned a numerical value called quality points.

Letter Grade Quality Points
  • A 4.00
  • A- 3.67
  • B+ 3.33
  • B 3.00
  • B- 2.67
  • C+ 2.33
  • C 2.00
  • C- 1.67
  • D+ 1.33
  • D 1.00
  • F 0.00

Quality Point Average (QPA)

Students’ quality point average (QPA) is the same as a GPA. The QPA is calculated by dividing the total number of credit hours attempted in classes with A–F letter grades into the total number of quality points earned.

To calculate the number of quality points earned for each course, multiply the quality point value for the letter grade earned and multiply it by the number of course credits for that class.

For example, a B in a 4-credit class earns 3.00 (quality points for a B) x 4 (credits for the class) = 12.00 total quality points.

The following letter grades may be present on transcripts, but are not used in calculating the QPA:
  • P (pass)
  • PH (pass with honors)
  • IP (in progress)
  • NR (not reported)
  • TR (transfer)
  • W (withdrawn)
  • NC (no credit)
  • CR (credit)
  • AU (audit)
  • I (incomplete)
  • NG (no grade)

Also, if a class is repeated to earn a better grade, students only earn credit for taking the course once.

The quality points used to calculate QPA will be based on the last grade received in the course, even if it is a lower grade. Transcripts will show all attempts at taking the class.

Example for Calculating QPA:

CourseLetter GradeQuality PointsCourse CreditsTotal Quality Points
BIO 101
4 credits
CHE 111
3 credits
CHE 111L
1 credit
SEM 100
0 credits
SPA 101
3 credits
  • 14 credits, 34.00 quality points 
  • QPA = 34 / 14 = 2.42, which is a C+/B- average.

Warning Notices

During the first year, students may receive two types of progress notices.

  • After the first month of classes, students get an email progress report from each professor indicating strengths, weaknesses, and hints for improvement.
  • At mid-term, if a student’s grade in a particular class is a D or F, they may receive a “Warning Notice.”

Both documents also go to academic advisors and should be a point of discussion at an advising meeting.

Faculty send Warning Notices to @cabrini.edu email address through the last day of classes for the semester.

  • Warning notices are optional for faculty, so not receiving one doesn’t necessarily mean you are passing a class.

If students do receive a warning notice or think that they are in jeopardy of failing, they should take the initiative to meet with the professor to determine how best to improve.