Pratt Institute's polices on academic standing is to ensure that students receive timely notifications that pertain to academic honors to academic standing.

Each student is responsible for knowing his or her own standing. These standings are based on the published academic policies, regulations, and standards of the Institute. Students subject to academic discipline are encouraged to take advantage of support services available at the Institute in an effort to assist with meeting academic standards.

All students’ records are reviewed at the end of each semester to determine whether any student who has failed to remain in Good Standing may continue in the program.

Academic Standing

Undergraduate Students

All undergraduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.000 (equivalent of a C) to remain in Good Standing. An undergraduate student whose GPA falls below a 2.000 at any time may be subject to academic discipline. The specific conditions under which this policy will be invoked is set forth by the dean of each school and is published in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Written notification will be furnished to the student by the dean.

Graduate Students

All graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.000 (equivalent of a B). A graduate student whose GPA falls below a 3.000 at any time may be subject to academic discipline. The specific conditions under which this policy will be invoked is set forth by the dean of each school and is published in the Graduate Bulletin. Written notification will be furnished to the student by the dean.

Qualitative Standards

Each school's advisement office evaluates the academic standing of its students twice during the academic year. The evaluations take place at the end of each fall and spring semester.

Academic standing is based on cumulative GPA (for academic discipline) and term GPA (for academic honors). Beginning with the spring 1992 semester, a student's GPA above 2.000 will be rounded to the thousandth decimal point in evaluating eligibility for President's List and Dean's List honors and eligibility for restricted and/or endowed scholarships. Rounding is not utilized if a student's cumulative average is below 2.000. Standard notification letters are mailed to students in the following categories:

  • President's List Honors recipients
  • Dean's List Honors recipients
  • Academic probation standing
  • Candidates for academic dismissal

Semester based distinctions are available to undergraduate students carrying a full-time program. Semester based distinctions are available to students without any incomplete grades.

President's List Honors Recipients are defined as students whose term GPA is 3.600 or higher, and who have completed 12 or more credits in that term with no incomplete grades.

Dean's List Honors Recipients are defined as students whose term GPA is between 3.000 and 3.500, and who have completed 12 or more credits in that term with no incomplete grades.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation

Grade Point Averages are computed by dividing the Quality Points earned by Semester Hours Attempted.

Only credits evaluated with grades that earn quality points (see table below) are used in GPA calculations. Each term has a minimum length of fifteen weeks. In courses that are passed, a credit is earned for each period (50 minutes) of lecture or recitation, and for approximately one and one half periods of laboratory or studio work, each week throughout one term or the equivalent.

Pratt Institute Grade System

Grade Evaluation Quality Points Per Credit
A Excellent 4.0
A- Excellent 3.7
B+ Average 3.3
B Average 3.0
B- Average 2.7
C+ Acceptable 2.3
C Acceptable 2.0
C- Acceptable (UG Only) 1.7
D+ Less than Acceptable (UG Only) 1.3
D Less than Acceptable (UG Only) 1.0
F Failure 0.0
WF Withdrawl Failing (Lack of attendance) 0.0

Grades without Quality Points

Grade Evaluation
NR* No Record
INC* Incomplete
P Pass
CR Credit
WD Withdrawn from a registered class
AUD Audit
IP In Progress

*NR and INC grades remain for one semester. At the end of that semester, any NR or INC grade will become an F with a value of 0.000.

Special Notes about the Grading System

  • The +/- grading system and numerical values listed above were approved as the Institute Grading System effective as of Fall 1989 semester.
  • A+ and D- are not accepted as part of the grading system.
  • Since December 1956, the lowest passing grade for a student at the graduate level is C. Grades of C-, D+, or D are not acceptable and are recorded as F.