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City Colleges of Chicago transcript information can be found here. City Colleges of Chicago redesigned the official transcript on December 16, 2016. All transcripts printed prior to this date have a different format than previous transcripts. A full explanation of the transcript enhancements made in December 2016 is here. The transcript legend was updated effective December 2018 and is here.   
 
Grading System              
Grade Description ​Grade Points
​A Excellent ​4
​B ​Good ​3
​C ​Average ​2
D ​Minimum Passing ​1
​F ​Failure ​0
​S (F) ​Satisfactory (Fail)
​0
​U ​Unsatisfactory ​0

Graduation Grade Point Average (college level coursework)
Graduation Grade Point Average (GRAD-GPA) is calculated on the basis of all credit hours and grades, “A” through “F”, earned while enrolled in the Credit Career at the City Colleges  of Chicago with the following exceptions: 1) All credit hours and grades earned in Allowed Repeatable Courses (ARC) appear on the permanent academic record and transcript, but only the last credit hours and grades earned in ARC repeat sequence up to the allowable maximum are included in the GRAD-GPA, and 2) All credit hours are grades earned in Other Repeated Courses appear on the permanent academic record and transcript, but only the last grade earned is included in the GRAD-GPA, although such credits appear on the transcript and may apply towards graduation. Credit hours and grades earned in pre-college level (remedial) coursework are excluded from the GRAD-GPA, although such credits appear on the permanent academic record and transcript.             
 
Cumulative Grade Point Average (includes pre-college level coursework)
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CUM-GPA) is calculated the same way as GRAD-GPA, but includes credit hours and grades earned in pre-college level (remedial) coursework.              
 
Effective January 1, 2018, academic amnesty provides a “second chance” for eligible students who earned “F” grade(s) earlier in their academic careers, but now wish to return to CCC to earn a degree or certificate.  
 
Non-Grade Designations (excluded from the GPA calculation)             
ADH ​Academic dishonesty withdrawal
​ADR ​Administrative removal from college
​ADW ​Administrative. Effective Fall 1982 through Summer 1988, ADW hours were included in the GPA Calculations as an "F" grade
​AUD ​Audited courses; Grade Points=0
​VMW ​Voluntary medical withdrawal
​WTH ​Student initiated withdrawal
​I ​Incomplete grade. Effective 1998, an “I” grade becomes an “F” if the necessary missing requirement are not satisfied prior to mid-term of the following term.  The grade change becomes effective at the end of the next term
​NG ​No grade recorded
          
Symbols and Remarks
ARCx
Allowed Repeatable Courses; x=maximum number of times the courses may be repeated for inclusion in GPA calculations
IAI The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) indicates coursework that is transferrable to any IAI affiliated college or university in the state of Illinois
PTK Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is a two-year international honor society that has as its hallmark scholarship, leadership, fellowship and service to the community
           
Scholastic Honors
Degree Honors: Graduates of Associate Degree programs are awarded scholastic honors based upon their Graduation GPA (prior to August 1, 2013, the requirement is based upon the higher of Graduation GPA or Cumulative GPA), as follows:    
  • High Honors: 3.5 or higher
  • Honors: 3.0 – 3.49
Term Based Honors: Full-time students (those completing at least 12 credit hours within a term) are awarded Scholastic honors based upon their term grade point average, as follows:    
  • Honors List: 3.0 -3.49
  • Dean’s List: 3.5 – 3.99
  • Presidential Scholars List: 4.0
Additional Honors
Psi Beta Honor Society: The mission of Psi Beta Honor Society is to promote professional development of psychology students in two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community.    

Sigma Kappa Delta: Sigma Kappa Delta is the English Honor Society for two-year colleges. Students who join this honor society earn the recognition and prestige of membership in a national honor society. 

Star Scholar: Chicago Public School students who graduate high school with a 3.0 GPA and who test completion-ready in Math and English are able to pursue a degree or certificate at City Colleges at no cost.     

Allowed Repeatable Courses (ARC)  
Designated courses where the course number remains the same, but the course content changes each term (for example art, music, physical education, student newspaper, and other special topics courses). All credit hours and grades earned appear on the student’s permanent record and transcript, but only the last credit hours and grades earned in an ARC repeat sequence up to the allowable maximum are included in GPA calculations.    

Other Repeated Courses
Students who earn a “D” or “F” grade in a course may repeat the course. Students who earn a grade of “C” or better in a course may repeat the course once. All credit hours and grades earned appear on the transcript, but only the last grade earned is included in GPA calculations.    

Graduation Requirements
To be eligible to graduate from any credit degree or certificate program, students must earn a grade of “C” or better in all courses used to satisfy core curriculum and/or general education requirements and hold a GRAD-GPA of 2.0 or higher. Elective courses with a “D” final grade may count towards graduation. Students who graduated prior to August 1, 2013, must hold either a GRAD-GPA or CUM-GPA of 2.0 or higher.
   
Additional Information
Program requirements and course descriptions can be found in the Academic Catalog.
Policy and graduation requirements can be found in the Academic and Student Policy Manual.    

In accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, transcripts may not be released to a third party without the written consent of the student. 
 

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