Wright State is on the semester system. The academic year is divided into two semesters (fall and spring) and a summer session. Classes are assigned values in semester credit hours. The credit hour is based on 55 minutes of instruction each week for one semester, although there are exceptions. Laboratory courses usually require considerably more time for each semester hour of credit. Students should carefully plan their academic program with an advisor, especially if they are also working while going to school. However, students are responsible for registering in appropriate classes, scheduling, and fulfilling all university and program requirements for graduation.

The minimum full-time undergraduate load is 12 credit hours per semester, with the average between 14 and 17 credit hours.

Students enrolled in the typical 14-week course may drop or withdraw from the university without grades through the fourth week of the semester, or its equivalent. These courses will not be recorded on transcripts. From the fifth through ninth weeks, or their equivalents, students may drop a course or withdraw, but the course and a designation of "W" will appear on their records. (Students should see the semester class schedule for the exact drop and withdrawal dates.) After the withdrawal date, students need to successfully petition to drop; otherwise, the course will appear on their records with a grade.

Students enrolled in courses whose duration is less than 14 weeks have earlier drop dates. Drop dates for these flexibly scheduled courses will be determined by the Registrar and published in the instructor's syllabi.

Grading System

Academic achievement is indicated by the following letter grades and points used in calculating GPAs.

A Excellent—4 points per credit hour
B Good—3 points per credit hour
C Satisfactory—2 points per credit hour
D Poor—1 point per credit hour
F Failed—0 points per credit hour
X Student did not complete course or officially withdraw—0 points per credit hour

A student's GPA at Wright State is obtained by dividing the number of points the student has earned at Wright State by the total number of hours the student has attempted, excluding the following symbols, which appear on student records but are not used in computing GPAs

L Audit—given only if arranged when the student registers
N No report—the instructor did not report a grade
P Passing—indicates work of C quality or better; given only for specifically approved courses
M Satisfactory progress on a project—final grade assigned upon completion of the project
T Attendance in honors courses. Those hours are not counted toward graduation. Not used effective fall 1998.
U Unsatisfactory performance

I Incomplete—given only when part of the required work is missing and arrangements have been made with the instructor to complete the work. The instructor must submit an Incomplete grade contract at the time the grade is submitted to the Office of the Registrar. If the work is not completed by the end of the following semester, or earlier if required by the instructor, the I grade automatically is converted to an F and the grade point is recalculated, unless the instructor submits another I grade. Work for an Incomplete received spring semester does not have to be completed until the end of the following fall semester if the instructor does not indicate an earlier date on the Incomplete grade contract.

W Withdrew—given for courses from which the student officially withdrew, that the student dropped during the fifth through ninth week of classes or equivalent, or for which the student successfully petitioned for withdrawal.

Grade reports are available online at http://wings.wright.edu. Students who notice any discrepancy on their reports should contact the Office of the Registrar within 30 days after the end of the term.

The Wright State University grading system does not award "+" and "-" grades. Students transferring courses and associated grades to Wright State University from institutions under a "+" and "-" grading system will be evaluated and receive a transfer grade based on the Wright State University grading system. For example, grades of C+, C, or C- will be evaluated as a C for transfer to Wright State University.

Academic Standing

Student Classification

Undergraduate students are classified by the total number of credit hours they have earned at Wright State plus any transfer credits that have been accepted by the university.

Freshman 1.0-29.9 semester hours
Sophomore 30.0-59.9 semester hours

Junior 60.0-89.9 semester hours
Senior 90.0 hours or more

Dean's List

Students who attain high GPAs during a semester are placed on the Dean's List. To be named to the list, students must have at least a 3.5 GPA for the semester; have completed for the semester at least 12 hours of credit for courses in which they have received grades of A, B, or C; and cannot have received a grade of F, X, D, I, U, T, M, or N. The categories for the Dean's List are:

  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, honors;
  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.7, high honors; and
  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.9, highest honors

Good Standing

Both undergraduate and graduate students earn academic standing at the University once they have attempted 12 semester credit hours.  To be in good standing, undergraduate students must have earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher and graduate students must have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher; students who fall below those GPA thresholds will be placed on academic probation.

Students with 6 or more attempted semester hours who have not completed 67% of their attempted credit hours must meet with their academic advisor (undergraduate) or program director (graduate) to register for classes.


Scholastic action is determined on the basis of cumulative GPA. When a student's cumulative GPA drops below 2.0, the registrar takes scholastic action by placing the student on probation. Students will not be placed on probation until they have attempted six or more credit hours. Whenever students subsequently attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, they are removed from probation.

Students who are on probation must have their advisor's approval of their course selection before they register for classes. Advisor approval is also required for all dropadd transactions. The student's course load may be limited if the advisor feels such a restriction is necessary. The advisor may also require the student to complete counseling, remedial work, and course repeats; restrict enrollment; and complete other steps.

Scholastic actions are determined on the basis of semester hours computed in the Office of the Registrar. Since credit hours for transfer, proficiency, and grades of M, P, and I are not used in computing cumulative GPAs, they are not considered in determining scholastic action.

Petitioning for Exceptions

Exceptions to scholastic regulations may be petitioned to the Undergraduate Petitions Committee. Petition forms are available in most academic department offices and in the Office of the Registrar. These forms are filed in the Registrar's office.

Students petitioning to drop a class with a grade of W or completely withdraw from a semester must submit the petition to the registrar's office before the end of the semester in which the withdrawal is requested. Petitions submitted after the semester has ended will, if approved, remove only the hours and points from the student's GPA. In this case, the course and original grade will remain a part of the student's record. Students should consult with their academic advisor before submitting a petition.

Repeating and Auditing Courses

Repeating Courses

For courses in which a grade of B, C, D, F, or X has been earned, a student may repeat one or more courses with grade replacement up to a cumulative total of five grade replacements. For these courses, only the grade for the last attempt will be counted in the hours earned and cumulative GPA. However, every grade received for a repeated course will become part of the student's permanent record.

A course with fixed content can be retaken to affect the student's cumulative GPA.  A course is considered a repeat with grade replacement when a student earns a grade of B, C, D, F, or X for the course and retakes the course resulting in a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or X. All such courses will be counted toward the five-course maximum. Withdrawals (W) are not counted as repeats.

During the term in which a student reaches the fifth repeat with replacement, should more than the fifth repeat be in progress, the course(s) with the greater number of credit hours will be applied toward the five repetitions. If there is no difference in credit hours, the course(s) in which the grade has (have) improved the most will be applied.

For all courses repeated after a student has reached the maximum of five repetitions, each grade will be counted in the cumulative GPA. Credit hours earned will be counted only once.

All courses repeated before the effective date of this policy will be counted toward the five-course maximum. There will be no adjustment of GPA's posted for previous terms.

All students are subject to this policy effective June 13, 2011. However, continuing and returning students may petition/request to remain subject to the previous policy, and such requests will be approved for all courses repeated through Summer 2012.

In calculating the cumulative GPA for the purpose of graduating with honors, only the first grade earned for a course will be counted.

Students may not repeat a course after graduation in order to alter their final GPA at the date of graduation. A course may be repeated later, but the second grade will not affect the undergraduate GPA.

Transfer courses are excluded from the five-repetition replacement policy. Students who have transferred courses with grades of B, C, or D may take equivalent courses at Wright State. In those cases, the hours earned for the Wright State course(s) will be counted and be included in the cumulative GPA. The hours for the transfer course will no longer be counted, but the transfer GPA will remain unchanged. To increase knowledge, students may repeat courses at Wright State for which they have transferred an equivalent course with a grade higher than a B; however, the hours and points from the Wright State course will not be used to meet graduation requirements.

Grades assigned as part of a disciplinary action may not be replaced.

Students who have been dismissed may not appeal on the grounds of intention to repeat courses.

Students in those program units whose repeat policy is more rigorous than that of the university shall follow the policy of that department, college or school.

In some instances, repeating courses could affect financial aid or other assistance. Students should consult with appropriate offices prior to registration.

Auditing Courses

If class space permits, a student may audit a course, with written approval from the instructor before enrolling. The amount of participation required of auditing students is left to the discretion of the instructor, but it cannot exceed that required of a regular student. The student may not use audited courses to establish full-time status, and the student may not change his or her registration from audit to credit or from credit to audit after the fifth business day of a regular 14 day semester or day two of a short term.

Dismissal and Readmission

Dismissal from the University

Students who remain on probation for two semesters may be dismissed from the university for unsatisfactory academic performance. Also, students enrolled in study skills classes who do not successfully complete more than one half of their developmental course work over a period of two semesters will be subject to dismissal. Dismissal action is taken by the chief academic officer of the college, school, or division to which the students are assigned, in consultation with the head of the respective program unit or the academic advisor. In taking dismissal action, the academic officer will generally consider the student's progress toward meeting degree requirements, as well as overall academic performance.

Notice of dismissal from the university will be sent directly to the student by the chief academic officer of the college, school, or division to which that student is assigned.


Students who have been dismissed will not be permitted to enroll for any courses at the university for a full calendar year (three consecutive semesters, including summer semester). Readmission is not automatic. After a period of dismissal, students must submit an application and petition for readmission. Readmission petition forms may be obtained from, and must be submitted through, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Readmission petitions are reviewed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in consultation with the chief academic officer of the appropriate college or division. Readmitted students are continued on mandatory advising. Students who are readmitted following academic dismissal may be subject to special requirements to remove academic deficiencies as determined appropriate by the college, school, or division.

Readmission under Fresh Start Policy


  1. An undergraduate student who re-enrolls in the university after an absence of three or more years may request the university, through the dean or director of his/her enrollment unit, recalculate the cumulative grade point average and hours earned during the period of previous enrollment.    The Fresh Start Rule application must be submitted no later than the end of the student’s first reenrolled term and applies only to courses taken at Wright State University prior to that reenrollment.
    • If the application is approved, all courses taken prior to the Fresh Start Rule remain on the permanent record; however, only those courses with grades of A, B, C, or P are counted toward credit hours earned.  No other grades are counted for credit as hours toward graduation.
    • If the application is approved, the student resumes an academic program with no cumulative grade point average (0.00) for the period to which the Fresh Start Rule applies. This period is defined as all Wright State course work prior to the application of the Fresh Start Rule (course work prior to the first term of enrollment post-Fresh Start).  For the purposes of scholastic action and advising, however, the student initially is assigned to the same scholastic standing as when he/she last attended the university. Thereafter, the student is subject to the conditions of probation and dismissal that govern all students.
  2. After the Fresh Start Rule has been applied to the academic record, a student must earn at Wright State a minimum of forty-five quarter or thirty semester credit hours before graduation with a bachelor’s degree, or a minimum of twenty-four quarter or twenty-four semester credit hours before graduation with an associate’s degree.
  3. All courses ever taken at the university will be used in the calculation of the cumulative point-hour ratio required for the purpose of determining graduation with Latin honors. 
  4. A student’s five cumulative grade replacements include those prior and subsequent to application of the Fresh Start Rule.
    • Courses re-taken following application of the Fresh Start Rule where the original grade was A, B, or C are not eligible to be repeated with grade replacement.  If a student chooses to retake such course, the course’s hours earned will not be counted in total hours and the grade will not be counted in the cumulative GPA.
    • Courses re-taken following application of the Fresh Start Rule where the original grade was D, F, or X are counted towards a student’s cumulative total of five grade replacements.  In such cases, the hours earned will be counted in total hours and the grade will be counted in the cumulative GPA.
  5. A student is eligible for only one Fresh Start.
  6. Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from any institution are not eligible for the Fresh Start Rule.  Students who have earned an associate’s degree from Wright State may apply the Fresh Start Rule only to course work earned after the conferral of that degree.  Students who
    have earned an associate’s degree from another institution may apply the Fresh Start Rule to Wright State course work earned prior to earning that degree. 



  1. I have read the text of the Fresh Start Rule and understand its applicability to my situation.
  2. I understand that I will lose credit for ALL WSU courses taken prior to my three-year absence from the university in which I earned a grade below a “C” or did not receive a grade of “P”.
  3. I understand that this action once invoked may NOT be revoked.
  4. My last quarter/semester and year of enrollment PRIOR to my three-year absence was Semester/Quarter_____________, Year_____________
  5. My first quarter/semester and year of enrollment following my three-year absence was
    • Semester/Quarter_____________, Year_____________
    • Student’s signature___________________ Date________________