Course Load & Grading Policies


The normal course load is 16-18 semester hours. The minimum number of semester hours required graduating from UNCP ranges between 120 and 128 in accordance with specific degree program requirements. In order to graduate in four years (eight semesters), you must take (and satisfactorily pass) more than 15 semester hours for eight semesters and meet all requirements as stated in the University Catalog. Work with your advisor and your major department to ensure that you are aware of the scheduling sequence of required courses for your major.


The University of North Carolina at Pembroke undergraduate grading scale follows. Under this scale, each \"PLUS\" or \"MINUS\" grade reported by professors will be recorded on the student's transcript and computed according to the scale below in determining grade point average.

Letter Grade Q.P.A. Equivalent


A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- .07
F 0.0
I 0.0
P 0.0
T 0.0
W 0.0
AU 0.0

Minimum Scholastic Requirements

The Faculty Senate of UNCP has approved the following minimum overall cumulative quality point averages for set numbers of hours attempted.

Semester Hours Attempted   Minimum Overall Cumulative QPA
01 - 29 1.500
30 - 59 1.750
60 - 89 1.875
90 or more 2.000

Policy for Incomplete Grades

The \"I\", or incomplete grade, is given when a student is unable to complete required work because of an unavoidable circumstance such as illness. It is not to be given to enable a student to do additional work to improve a grade. An incomplete must be removed within one semester (excluding summer term) or the University Registrar will automatically convert it to a grade of “F”. In determination of quality hours and quality point averages, an \"I\" is counted as an \"F\" until it is removed.

Undergraduate Enrollment for the Graduate Level Courses

Provided students are qualified for admission to Graduate Program, seniors at UNCP who are within nine semester hours of graduation may apply to the Dean of Graduate Studies for permission to carry up to six semester hours of graduate course work while completing the baccalaureate degree. Credit earned in this manner may not be used to meet requirements for the baccalaureate degree and, at the same time, be applied toward a master's degree. Seniors who qualify and wish to enroll in a graduate course for undergraduate credit may apply to the Chair of their department and the Dean of Graduate Studies. However, any graduate course approved for this purpose may not be applied later toward a master's degree.