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    Louisiana State University
  Jan 23, 2018
LSU Online Orientation


Grade Requirements

Plus/Minus Grading System

Effective 1L/2015, the university implemented the Plus/Minus Grading System.

  • The definitions for letter grades when used in courses are presented below.
    • The letter grade A, including A+ and A-, denotes distinguished mastery of the course material.
    • The letter grade B, including B+ and B-, denotes good mastery of the course material.
    • The letter grade C, including C+ and C-, denotes acceptable mastery of the course material.
    • The letter grade D, including D+ and D-, denotes minimally acceptable achievement.
    • The letter grade F denotes failure.  

References to specific letter grades in university regulations and requirements refer to the full letter grade range. For example, if a grade of C is required, a student must achieve a final grade in the C range (i.e. C+, C, or C-) or better.

A grade of “P” (pass) denotes satisfactory completion (grade of “C” or better) of advanced-standing or proficiency examinations, pass-fail option courses, and certain other courses. A grade of “NC(no credit) indicates that no credit is earned.

  • Grading scale—A student’s GPA is determined by the ratio of quality points earned to semester hours attempted. Quality points are assigned to letter grades using the following scale:
A+ 1 4.3
A 1 4.0
A- 1 3.7
B+ 1 3.3
B 1 3.0
B- 1 2.7
C+ 1 2.3
C 1 2.0
C- 1 1.7
D+ 1 1.3
D 1 1.0
D- 1 0.7
F 1 0.0


All courses taken for which the grades above are assigned, including repeated courses, are considered in calculating GPAs. Grades of “P,” “W,” “I,” and “NC” are not used in computing the official GPA and, therefore, do not carry quality points.  

  • Plus/Minus Grading and Regulations Applicable on a Course-by-Course Basis—All regulations applicable on a course-by-course basis and requiring a specific letter grade are interpreted to mean a specific letter grade range.  For example, if a student must achieve a C or better in one course as a prerequisite for subsequent course, the student must achieve a final grade in the C range (i.e., C+, C or C-) or better. 
Good Standing


Graduate students are considered to be in good standing, making satisfactory academic progress towards the degree, if they earn a 3.00 cumulative average on all graduate coursework taken within the University (all campuses) and a 3.00 module average on all coursework (undergraduate and graduate).

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (including post-baccalaureate students)

Undergraduate students are in good standing if they are eligible to continue or to re-enroll at the university even if on scholastic probation or on scholastic warning status.


LSU conducts commencement exercise in May, August, and December. For information regarding commencement, please access this site:


Students must file for graduation in accordance with published LSU deadlines. May commencement requires an early January filing; August commencement requires an early June filing and December commencement requires an early September filing of the “Application for Degree.”

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS (including post-baccalaureate students)

Undergraduates must inform their dean’s office regarding their intention to graduate. The deadlines for contacting dean’s offices regarding graduation are as follows:

May January 15
August June 1
December August 15

The dean’s offices will provide additional information about the procedure to check out for graduation and payment of the diploma fee.