If more than two final exams are
scheduled on the same calendar day during the final
exam period, a student may postpose the middle exam
with the assistance of their professor.
Students may check their grades
at any time by accessing Penn InTouch.
Term Grades: Grades are reported for each course at
the end of the term. A grade of D or better must be
obtained to receive credit in any course.
Grading System: All Wharton courses are graded on a
plus/minus system, from A+ to F. All students taking
Wharton courses will be graded in the same manner.
Wharton students who take courses in any other school
of the University are subject to that school’s
grading system for those courses.
The grade point average (GPA) is
tabulated at the end of every semester based on the
following: A+, A (4.0); 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),
and F (0.0). There is no grade
Pass/Fail (P/F): Wharton undergraduates may take up to three
courses in the General Education Distribution and the
elective areas on a pass/fail basis. All three Global Environment courses and
second concentration courses counting as Unrestricted
Electives must be taken for a grade. Students may take no more than one
course pass/fail in a given semester. First-semester
freshmen cannot take a course pass/fail.
A D or better in a course taken
P/F will appear on a student’s transcript with a
P, denoting a pass. F will appear on the transcript for
a failing grade. Ps do not figure into the GPA; Fs,
however, are included in a student’s transcript
GPA. Courses taken P/F will not count toward any of the
business requirements. Instructors are not made aware
of a student’s grading status. Therefore, it is
the responsibility of the student to confirm grade
type. The grade type of a course may not be changed
after the drop deadline.
Incomplete Grades: In extenuating circumstances, students
may be granted an extension of time by an instructor to
complete course requirements including taking a make-up exam. In this case, the grade of I
(incomplete) is recorded; however, the work for the
course must be completed within the first four weeks of
the next semester, or the I will automatically convert
to an F for the course. The grade of F will remain on
the transcript until the work has been completed.
Failing Grades: An F in a course will permanently remain on a
student’s transcript and will be factored in when
calculating the transcript GPA. If a
student retakes the course at a
future time, the new grade will not replace the original F;
however, the new grade will be counted toward the
transcript GPA and credit will be received for the repeated
course. If an F is received in a required course, the
course must be retaken. If an F is received in a
non-required course, a student may either repeat the course
or substitute another.
Repeating Courses: As stated above, a student may
not repeat for credit any course in which a passing
grade (D or better) was received.
Auditing Courses: Undergraduate students cannot
officially audit a course. Students who wish to attend
a class but not take it for credit may do so only with
the permission of the instructor. No formal record
appears on the transcript for students who sit in on a
Leave of Absence
Any currently enrolled student is
eligible to take a leave of absence. Students who
are not in good standing or who have a disciplinary
action pending against them require special approval.
All students requesting a leave of absence must
meet with an academic advisor in the Undergraduate
Division and submit the appropriate paper work
Guidelines for Requesting a Leave
Joint-Degree students must submit a request for leave
of absence and return from leave with both schools.
Students are held by the leave of absence policy
governed by their home school.
To apply for a leave
of absence, students must submit the Wharton Leave of
Absence form with a written request explaining the
nature of their leave. Medical and CAPS leaves
require documentation from an appropriate health
professional. A staff member in the Wharton
Undergraduate Division may require the student
requesting a leave to consult with a Penn Professional
service such as CAPS, PennCap or Student Health prior
to granting approval.
responsible for dropping his or her classes when a
Request for Leave is submitted within the University
drop period. Students should meet with their
academic advisor to discuss academic planning issues.
Students must meet
with other campus offices (such as Student Financial
Services, the Bursar, Housing and Food Services) prior
to leaving campus. Students are responsible for
resolving all outstanding business matters with the
University. It is important to understand that a
student’s financial aid package may change as a
result of a leave of absence.
Wharton students cannot earn
credit for courses given by another institution while
on leave of absence. In addition, students must
complete degree requirements within an eight-year
period after matriculation. If they do not, they
may forfeit their right for degree completion.