Grading System - The Culinary Institute of America

Grading System - The Culinary Institute of America

  • Food Business Management, BBA
Comprehensive Examinations

There are two sets of comprehensive examinations built into the degree programme.

  1. Cooking, costing, and written examinations – administered in the second semester
  2. Cooking and costing examinations – administered in the fourth semester

All of these examinations are mandatory.
During your weekly classes and meetings with your tutor, you will have the opportunity to prepare and complete practice exercises for the second and fourth semester costing exams.


Grading System

The CIA operates on a quality-point alpha grading system as follows:

Grade / Symbol Numeric Range Quality Points
A 95 – 100 4.00
A- 90 – 94 3.66
B+ 87 – 89 3.33
B 84 – 86 3.00
B- 80 – 83 2.66
C+ 77 – 79 2.33
C 74 – 76 2.00
C- 70 – 73 1.66
D 65 – 69 1.00
F Below 65 0.00
P N/A 0.00
HP N/A 0.00
NS N/A 0.00
AW N/A 0.00
I N/A 0.00
TC N/A 0.00
AU N/A 0.00
W N/A 0.00
IP N/A 0.00

P – Pass: Given for costing and culinary practical examinations and some pass-fail courses.

HP – High Pass: Given for costing and culinary practical examinations.

NS – No Show: It is given only for costing, and culinary practical exams if the student never showed up to take them. Note: if students miss a practical exam for this reason, it is recorded as an absence.

AW – Administrative Withdrawal from Programme: Indicates that students have properly requested and have been granted an administrative withdrawal from the course. It does not include absences and isn’t included in student's grade point average.

I – Incomplete: Indicates that students have yet to complete all the course requirements. It may also indicate students have failed to master specific course competencies. Students who do not complete the work required to finish this course by the established deadline given by the instructor will fail the course and will be required to make up the course at the cost of full tuition.

TC – Transfer Credit: Indicates that credit for a course was transferred from another college.

AU – Audit: Indicates that students did not take the course for credit and the instructor did not evaluate to issue a grade.

W – Withdrawal: Indicates students have withdrawn from the college. This grade does not include absences and is not computed into the grade point average.

IP – In Progress: Indicates that grades have not been submitted and/or processed.

Calculating a Grade Point Average (GPA)


MATH 110 1.5 credits—grade: B+
INTCOOK 122 3.0 credits—grade: C
1.5 credits x 3.33 (B+) = 4.995 Quality Points
3.0 credits x 2.00 (C) = 6.00 Quality Points
4.5 total credits = 10.995 total QPs
10.995 (total QPs) ÷ 4.5 (total credits) = 2.44 GPA

In order to calculate the GPA, students must multiply the credits earned by the grade points for each course separately to calculate the quality points. Then add all the quality points together and divide total quality points by credits earned, including credits for “F” grades that have not been repeated.

Policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress

Academic Performance
Students are expected to do well in their modules and move efficiently through the academic programme. If students demonstrate poor academic performance and fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress, they will be placed on academic probation, suspended, or dismissed.

Satisfactory Progress
Students are making satisfactory academic progress if they:

  1. Pass all modules and comprehensive examinations; and
  2. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 1.75 during their first semester and a 2.0 (“C”) in all remaining semesters.

Academic Probation
Students will be placed on academic probation to warn them of the need to improve their academic performance if they wish to continue at their degree programme. Students will be placed on academic probation, and notified in writing by the CIA managing director and SIT, under the following conditions:

  1. If the student's GPA falls below 1.75 in the first semester.
  2. If the student's GPA falls below 2.0 in the second through fourth semesters.

When students are placed on probation, they will be encouraged to meet with their faculty members and the managing director to address study skill issues.

Academic Suspension
The individual records of students who are on academic probation will be reviewed.
The following conditions will result in academic suspension:

  1. The student has been on academic probation during the last semester completed and is unable to maintain a GPA of 2.0 in the current semester.
  2. Failing a course three times.

If the student is on academic probation, they will have their GPA audited for one block prior to the end of the semester. If their cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 by the end of the semester during which they are on academic probation, they will be suspended from classes, placed under academic review, and must submit a written request for reinstatement to the CIA managing director a minimum of six weeks prior to their return to the programme.

Graduation Criteria
Completed all degree requirements (courses, comprehensive examinations and other requirements)
Earned a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0