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Grades, GPA, and Academic Standing

Your course grades and cumulative grade point average will be posted to your transcript using Ryerson’s grading scale. Your academic standing is evaluated at the end of the term.

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Ryerson Senate Policy 46 ("the GPA Policy") describes the standards and expectations for acceptable overall academic performance.

Grades and grade point averages

You can check your final grades on external,RAMSS roughly two weeks after the official end of term. We will post your grades using the following grading scale:

Performance Description Letter Grade Conversion Range
Percentage Scale to
Letter Grades
Ryerson GPA
Excellent A+
90 – 100 4.33
Excellent A 85 – 89 4.00
Excellent A- 80 – 84 3.67
Excellent B+ 77 – 79 3.33
Good B 73 - 76 3.00
Good B- 70 - 72 2.67
Good C+ 67 - 69 2.33
Satisfactory C 63 - 66 2.00
Satisfactory C- 60 - 62 1.67
Satisfactory D+ 57 - 59 1.33
Marginal D 53 - 56 1.00
Marginal D- 50 - 52 0.67
Unsatisfactory F Unsatisfactory 0

There are some three-letter designations you might see. For example: If you received a transfer credit for a course you took elsewhere, you will see a CRT beside the course number. Similarly, PSD means that you passed a "pass/fail" course. PSD and CRT "grades" are recorded on your Transcript but are not included in the calculation of your grade point average.

You must take action when you receive one of these non-graded designations:

Grade What this means What do I do?
F-S (“Redeemable Failure”)
  • You have marginally failed a course and the instructor is offering you the opportunity to write a "redeemable failure exam".
  • Your instructor can only convert an F-S grade to a ‘D-’ or to an ‘F’, depending on your performance on this exam.
  • Contact the teaching department at once to make arrangements to write the new exam.
INC (“Incomplete”)
  • The work you have submitted for a course is at least of passing level, but you have some work to finish or you have missed the final examination for medical or compassionate reasons.
  • Get a written statement within seven (7) working
    days telling you what you need to do to finish
    the remaining work and the date you must hand
    in the work.
  • If you do not hand in the work by the deadline, the
    INC will become an “F”.

GPA – course repeats

You may choose to repeat a course for the sake of improving on an earlier unsatisfactory grade. The grade earned for the repeated course is substituted for the earlier grade in calculating your grade point average even if the newer grade is lower. We record all attempts on your transcript.

You may attempt the same course up to three times (i.e., enrolled initially, repeated once, repeated twice = three enrolments). If you fail a required course for the third time, we will assign an Academic Standing of Permanent Program Withdrawal.

GPA Adjustment – Course Replacement: This request applies to courses on the same elective table. Instead of retaking the same course, you may choose to take a different course from the same elective table (example: Professional, Professionally Related, Open Elective, or Liberal Studies course). Timing is important – you must submit the GPA Adjustment Form before the final date to add a course for the term in which the Course Replacement applies.

GPA Adjustment – Course Exclusion: If you are taking an extra course that is not applicable to your program requirements and you wish to have this course excluded from your GPA calculation, you may request a Course Exclusion. You must submit the GPA Adjustment Form before the final date to add a course for the term in which the Course Exclusion applies.

Complete the GPA Adjustment Form and submit it to Enrolment Services and Student Records for approval and processing. Consult the Significant Dates Table.

Academic standing

We will assign your Academic Standing after each term. This is calculated using your course grades and takes into account any Academic Standing Variations that your program might have.

Academic Standing What does this mean?
Consequences What do I do now?
Clear
  • Your CGPA is at least 1.67; and
  • You have met all other applicable conditions such as Academic Standing Variations or the terms of your Probationary Contract
  • You may continue with your studies.
You may continue your program studies.
Probationary
  • Your CGPA is between 1.00 and 1.66; or
  • You are a first year student with a CGPA of less than 1.00 after your first semester of study; or
  • You have not met the conditions of your program’s Academic Standing Variation; or
  • You have been reinstated to your program after a Required to Withdraw (RTW) period.
  • Your department will assign a Probationary Contract. You will be Required to Withdraw (RTW) if you don't meet the conditions set out in this contact.
  • Your department will advise first year students with a GPA of less than 1.00 in their first semester about their prospects and strategies for success. These students will continue in their program for the next Winter semester on Probation.
  • Check your email for information about your Probationary standing.
  • Contact your program department to discuss your Probationary Contract and to develop some strategies for success.
  • Connect with Student Learning Support and the Centre for Student Development and Counselling
Standing Variation Withdrawal (SVW)
  • Your CGPA is at least 1.67; and
  • You have not met your program’s
    standing variation requirements
  • You will be permanently withdrawn from your current program.
  • You will be eligible for transfer to other undergraduate programs for which you are qualified, subject to the competitive admissions process.  
Required to Withdraw (RTW)
  • Your CGPA is less than 1.00 (unless you are enrolled in your first semester); or
  • Your term GPA fell below 1.67 while you were on Probation; or
  • You have violated the conditions set out in your Probationary Contract; or
  • You failed to negotiate a Probationary Contract within the established timelines.
  • You may not enrol in any Ryerson credit course for a period of 12 months. Courses taken at another institution during this period of suspension will NOT count toward your graduation requirements for your Ryerson degree program; or
  • You may ask to take part in a defined Student Success Program (SSP), like Fresh Start, under a participation contract.
  • Check your email and mailbox for information about your RTW Standing.
  • Visit the Registrar’s Office Program Reinstatement / Required to Withdraw (RTW) page and read the Required to Withdraw FAQs
  • Learn about the Fresh Start Program
  • Attend an Educational Planning Workshop
  • Prepare to apply for reinstatement or to transfer into another program.
Permanent Program
Withdrawal (PPW)
  • Your academic performance has resulted in a ‘REQUIRED TO WITHDRAW’ Standing for a second time; or
  • You have failed a course required by your program for the third time; or
  • You have not met the terms of your Probationary Contract; or
  • You have been denied reinstatement to your program for a second time.
  • You are withdrawn from your program and you may not apply for reinstatement into that program.
  • You can apply for admission to a different program for the Fall semester of the following calendar year.
  • Check your email and mailbox for information about your PPW Standing.
  • Attend an Educational Planning Workshop
  • If you wish to apply to a different program, Application deadlines and other Admissions information are external,online.
Disciplinary Suspension
  • You are not allowed to enrol in any course at the University during your period of Disciplinary Suspension.
  • After you have served your period of Disciplinary Suspension you must contact your Department/School to make arrangements for reinstatement.

Academic standing variations

The following programs have Academic Standing Variations. If you are in one of these programs, you must meet additional conditions to keep a Clear Academic Standing.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Collaborative Nursing Degree Program
  • Disability Studies
  • Early Childhood Studies
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing Post Diploma Degree Completion Program
  • Performance Acting
  • Performance Dance
  • Performance Production
  • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Social Work
  • Urban and Regional Planning

If you are in one these programs, you must familiarize yourself with these variations. Please consult the Undergraduate Calendar.

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