Grades are reported at midterm and at the conclusion of the semester. Midterm grades do not appear on your transcript but are intended to give you an indication of your progress in your courses.

Final grades become part of your official record and will appear on your transcript. Midterm grades and final grades are available to you online through KnowHope Plus. Grade reports are not mailed.


The system of grading is as follows:

A Superior 4.0
A- Superior 3.7
B+ Good 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- Good 2.7
C+ Adequate 2.3
C Adequate 2.0
C- Adequate 1.7
D+ Weak but passing 1.3
D Weak but passing 1.0
D- Weak but passing 0.7
F Failure 0.0
P Pass (Pass/Fail Option) 0.0
I Incomplete  
W Withdrawal  
IP In Progress  

Quality points (the numerical equivalent of a letter grade) are used to determine your academic honors and academic warning, probation or suspension. For example, a student receiving a A, B, C, D or F in a 3-credit course receives 12, 9, 6, 3 or 0 quality points respectively.

The number of earned quality points divided by the number of semester credits attempted (excluding Pass and Withdrawal credits) establishes the grade point average (GPA) of the student.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation from Hope College.


Your midterm grades will be available to you via your KnowHope Plus account. You’ll be able to see them as soon as they are entered by your professor.

Midterm grades reflect your grades in your courses after about eight weeks. Midterm grades are not part of your permanent record and therefore are not part of your semester or cumulative GPA. No midterm GPAs are calculated.

However, midterm grades are important indicators of your progress in the course. Keeping on the same path may result in the same grades; spending more time on classes may not be enough.


You may have midterm grades missing for some courses. That is because the instructor did not submit a midterm grade.

If you’re not happy with your midterm grades, talk honestly with your professors. Consider the study strategies you use, and discuss whether they are appropriate. You may have opted to attend Hope College because you value our strong faculty-student connection. Now is the time to take advantage of it. Talk with your professors about supplemental help — there are a lot of resources available on campus.

Advisors are also a great resource, either your academic advisor, or other advisors located in the Registrar’s Office.


Final grades are usually due from faculty on the Wednesday following exam week and are entered in KnowHope Plus. You can check your grades in your account beginning the night grades are due. You will not be mailed a grade report.

If your grade is not listed on KnowHope Plus after final grades are due, then the instructor has not yet entered the grade. In that case, contact your instructor. Occasionally, the grade was entered but has not yet been processed by the Registrar’s Office. We try to process grades multiple times per day for about a week after grades are due.

If you withdraw from a course, you will receive a W grade on your transcript. More information about withdrawing can be found on the schedule changes page.

An Incomplete (I) grade is given only when unusual circumstances, beyond the control of the student, prevent giving a specific grade. The I grade must be removed within six weeks after the close of the session in which the incomplete was given, or it will become a failure (F).

No Report (NR) grades are given when the professor has not submitted a grade. Like I grades, a NR grade becomes a F after six weeks. Degrees are not awarded to students who have I or NR grades. If your I or NR grade is not resolved before the end of the six weeks, your degree will not be awarded and you will need to apply for the next graduation date.


Sophomore, junior and senior students are permitted to request one course per semester to be graded as a Pass (P) or a Failure (F). Once the course has been changed to pass/fail, it may not be reversed back to a standard, graded course. Some graduate and professional schools accept only a certain number of pass/fail courses, so we recommend that you determine that number before making this choice.

The requirements for pass/fail are:

  •  You must be enrolled as a full-time student (12 credits or more).
  • The subject of the course must lie outside your major or minor field(s), may not be a required course for your major or minor, and may not be used to complete any general education requirements. Additionally, if you are seeking teacher certification, you may not take professional education courses as pass/fail.
  • You must obtain and complete the pass/fail request form from the Registrar’s Office. Permission is required only from your advisor. Your instructor does not need to know that you are taking their class on a pass/fail basis.
  • The pass/fail request form must be turned in by the pass/fail deadline.

To request a pass/fail for a course, you must first register for the course, then complete a pass/fail request form from the Registrar’s Office. Once you have received permission from your advisor, turn the form into the Registrar's Office.

During the semester, you will receive standard letter grades for your work in the course (including a midterm grade), but at the end of the semester, you will receive a "P" or an "F" on your record. Credit is earned for P grades, but P grades do not get computed into the cumulative GPA; Failures result in no credit earned and are computed into the GPA as zero quality points.


We do not recommend that degree-seeking students audit courses; the fee to audit is the same as taking the course for credit, but you will not receive a grade or earn any credit for the course. In addition, an audited course will not transfer to another institution. In place of auditing, we suggest you take the course on a pass/fail basis (see above) so that you may at least earn credit for the course.

However, you may register to take most Hope courses on an audit, non‑credit basis. Exceptions to this rule are courses requiring activity or performance, such as in the arts or kinesiology.

To audit a course, you must first register for the course, then obtain instructor and advisor permission and bring it to the Registrar’s Office. The deadline for changing a course to audit is the same as the drop/add deadline. Once you change a course to audit, you may not change it back to a standard, graded course.


The Dean’s List is awarded on a semester basis for full-time, degree-seeking students with a semester GPA of 3.5 or above. The list is compiled at the end of each semester, a few days after final grades are due. In order to be included on the Dean’s List, all of your courses must be graded, meaning no NR or I grades may be a grade for one of your courses.

Notice of the award is sent to students via email, the student’s parents or guardian via mail and the student’s hometown newspaper (based on permanent address).

If you have NR or I grades at the time the Dean's List is compiled but you later resolve those grades and qualify for the Dean’s List, it will be placed on your academic record and appear on your transcript. However, you, your parents or guardian and the newspaper will not be officially notified, as this process can only be completed once a semester.


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