The grading policies at York College of Pennsylvania are described below.

Grading 4 Superior: This grade denotes accomplishment that is truly distinctive and decidedly outstanding. It represents a high degree of attainment and is a grade that demands evidence of originality, independent work, an open and discriminating mind, and completeness and accuracy of knowledge, as well as an effective use of the knowledge.

3.5 Excellent: This grade denotes mastery of the subject matter. It represents excellence in many aspects of the work, such as initiative, serious and determined industry, the ability to organize work, the ability to comprehend and retain subject matter and to apply it to new problems and contexts.

3 Good: This grade denotes considerable understanding of the subject matter. It represents a strong grasp and clear understanding of the subject matter and the ability to comprehend and retain course content, but inconsistently applies it to new problems and contexts.

2.5 Above Average: This grade denotes above average understanding of the subject matter. It represents a limited ability to comprehend and retain course content and apply it to new problems and contexts.

2 Average: This grade denotes average understanding of the subject matter. It represents the grade that may be expected of a student of normal ability who gives the work a reasonable amount of time and effort.

1 Below Average: This grade denotes below average understanding of the subject matter. It represents work that falls below the acceptable standard.

0 Failure: This grade denotes inadequate understanding of the subject matter. It signifies an absence of meaningful engagement with the subject matter and that the student is not capable of doing or understanding the work or has made little or no effort to do so.

I Incomplete: The student may request permission from the instructor to receive an incomplete prior to the final examination and must present extraordinary reasons for the petition. Any grades of "I" not removed within two calendar months after the end of the semester will automatically be changed to "0" or "F" in the Records Office. Grades of incomplete should only be provided to students who have completed a substantial portion of all course requirements, are in good academic standing in the course when the incomplete is granted, and if the instructor believes the remaining coursework can be completed during the defined period.

W Withdrawal: Students are permitted to withdraw from courses without penalty up to the ninth Friday of the fall or spring semester. Corresponding deadlines are set for all other semesters (e.g., summer sessions).

P Pass: This grade denotes passing in special Pass/Fail courses.

F Fail: This grade denotes failure in special Pass/Fail courses.

AU Audit: This grade indicates that a student is registered for a course but receives no credit.

The Grade Point Average

The grade point average (GPA) is computed by multiplying the hours of credits in a course by the grade earned for all courses completed and dividing the total number of points by the total number of credit hours attempted.

Example: A student carrying 16 credit hours and receiving for his/her first term's work the following grades would have a GPA of 2.69.

Course Credits/Grade Quality Points

1st course 3 x 2 = 6

2nd course 3 x 3.5 = 10.5

3rd course 3 x 2 = 6

4th course 3 x 2.5 = 7.5

5th course 3 x 3 = 9

Physical Education 1 x 4 = 4

16 credits 43 Quality Points

Grade Point Average (GPA) = 43/16 = 2.69

Incomplete Work

A student may request an incomplete grade for a course when illness, family tragedy, or similar extenuating circumstances make it impossible for the student to complete the remaining requirements of the course by the end of the semester. The student should contact the course instructor with this request. At the instructor's discretion, a grade of "I" may be granted if the student has completed a substantial portion of all course requirements, is in good academic standing in the course when the incomplete is granted, and if the instructor believes the remaining coursework can be completed during the defined period. All incomplete work must be completed within 60 days from the last day of finals in the semester in which the coursework is taken or the student will automatically receive a grade of "0." It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor and make all the arrangements to complete the coursework within the given time frame.

Pass/Fail Option

York College students may take designated courses on a pass/fail basis. Those courses offered with the pass/fail option will be indicated on line through the YCPWeb.

Students matriculated prior to Fall 2015 may register for a maximum of two pass/fail courses per academic year with a maximum of eight such courses in a student's undergraduate program. Students may not take courses required in their major or minor field on a pass/fail basis and may not use pass/fail courses to complete General Education requirements (that is, Common Core and Area Distribution Requirements) even if courses are offered in that manner.

Students matriculated beginning Fall 2015, can not take any of the General Education elements (First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, Constellation) on a pass fail basis.

In addition, a student registered for a 12-credit course load with three credits of pass/fail coursework will not be eligible for Dean's List recognition.

Auditing a Course

Students or members of the community who wish to audit a course will be accommodated after full-time students have registered for courses. Regulations affecting auditors are:

  • no attendance record is maintained;
  • no assignments are made or papers corrected;
  • no examinations are taken;
  • no course credits are received;
  • and a nominal tuition charge will be made (see Tuition and Fees section).

Students cannot audit lab courses, studio courses, non-credit courses, Independent Study, or internships.

Repeating a Course

Any student who has taken a course at York College will be permitted to repeat this course. While both grades will appear on the student's permanent record, the quality points earned on the basis of the higher grade will be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. Since grades and quality points are not transferred from other institutions, a course may only be repeated at York College.

Warning Grades

Between the seventh and eighth week of the semester, a student will receive a warning grade ("U") for work that has been deemed unsatisfactory by the course instructor.  At York, we define unsatisfactory work as a grade of less than 2.0.  The instructor will submit the warning grade through YCP Web and a student will receive a "U" on the transcript for that course.  Students who receive warning grades should meet with the instructor of the course and academic advisor for guidance in improving the grade.

Final Grades

York College issues final grades at the end of each semester and these grades are posted on-line and appear directly on the student's transcript on MyYCP.

Residency Requirement

The college residency requirement policy requires that the final 30 credit hours of a student's degree requirements be completed as coursework at York College. Because a student should take most of his or her upper-division courses in the major during this time, it is important that these advanced credit hours be completed at the College. Therefore, no transfer credits or CLEP examinations are accepted in the final 30-credit hours of a student's coursework. Students who are enrolled in the Baccalaureate Completion Program for Registered Nurses are exempt from this requirement.