Keeping On Track
There are many benefits and rewards in attending college, and all students share the common goal of graduation. To make sure you’re on track to meet this goal, it is important to evaluate your academic progress regularly. Understanding the requirements that you must complete, and how far you are along in completing them, will help you select classes wisely and work efficiently towards graduation. Explore the valuable tools and resources on this page to help you determine where you are in your academic plan and how to move forward.
Once you have evaluated your current academic situation, take note of academic enrichment and/or academic support resources that will help you achieve your goals.
Using a Program Evaluation
Wondering how close you are to graduation? Not sure what classes to take next? Thinking of changing your major, but concerned it will take longer to graduate? A program evaluation is a personalized document that will help you evaluate your academic progress and answer all of these questions.
How to view your program evaluation
- Log into WebAdvisor
- Click on the blue “Student” menu
- Click on “Program Evaluation” listed in the Academic Profile section
- Select your “Active Program” to evaluate your progress on your current major(s) and minors(s).
- Use the “What if I changed my program of study” list to explore your progress on majors that you are considering.
How to read a program evaluation
At first glance, a program evaluation can be confusing to understand. There are tools on the evaluation that will help you.
First, look at the program status section. This section outlines the number of credits required for graduation, the number you have already earned, and how many credits are remaining. The “anticipated additional” credits indicate the number of credits in which you are currently enrolled.
Review the key, labeled “Statuses.” This key is useful in understanding the progress you have made in each of the requirement sections outlined in the program evaluation.
- I=In Progress
- N=Not Started
- P=Pending completion of unfinished activity
Next, review the requirement headings, which may include the following:
- Bachelor of Science or Arts Degree Requirement
- Your Major and the catalog year of the requirements
- Writing-Intensive requirements for your major
- The Six Modes of Inquiry (Linfield Curriculum requirements)
- Diversity Studies Requirements
- Paracurricular and Experiential Learning
- Linfield Mathematics Proficiency
- Other courses for which you have earned credit, but are not applicable to any of the above requirements
Note the key symbols beside each of the requirement headings. The symbols indicate your progress towards completing that requirement. The key symbols will also be used in the details explaining each requirement.
Some courses may be labeled with symbols other than those listed in the “Statuses” key. The key for those symbols is in the “Notes” at the conclusion of the program evaluation.
- *E=Extra - This course is not needed to complete a requirement; applying it would not have contributed anything toward the requirement’s completion
- *IP=In Progress
- *n/a=Not applied to this component of the program
- *S=Status - Items with this status may not be applied to the program
- *TE=Transfer Equivalency
- *U=Used! - The course could fulfill this requirement, but has already been used to fulfill another requirement
Consult your faculty advisor, the Office of Academic Advising or the Registrar’s Office if you have questions or need clarification.
Calculating my GPA
For a quick and simple way to calculate your semester GPA - and figure out the grades you'll need to earn in each class this semester to achieve your goal semester or cumulative GPA, use this GPA Calculator. Or, read on to learn how to calculate your GPA by hand.
Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of quality points earned by the total amount of credit hours attempted. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.
Quality points are determined using the scale below. The Quality Point scale is also located on p. 14 of the Linfield catalog.
|Linfield Grading Scale and Quality Point Values|
|A = 4.0||C+ = 2.3||F = 0.0|
|A- = 3.7||C = 2.0|
|B+ = 3.3||C- =1.7|
|B = 3.0||D+ =1.3|
|B- = 2.7||D =1.0|
- P/NP (Pass/No Pass) courses are not factored in the GPA
- I (Incompletes) and W (Withdrawals) do not receive grade points and do not affect the GPA
Sample GPA Calculation using a sample semester course schedule:
1.To calculate the quality points earned in each class, multiply course credits by the quality points earned:
|CLASSES||CREDITS||GRADE||Credits x Quality Points|
|INQS 125||4||A-||4 x 3.7 = 14.8|
|PSYC 102||3||B||3 x 3.0 = 9.0|
|BUSN 260||3||A-||3 x 3.7 = 11.1|
|MLFR 101||4||B+||4 x 3.3 = 13.2|
2: To calculate the GPA for this semester, divide total quality points by total credit hours attempted.*
Following the example above: 48.10 Quality Points / 14 credits = 3.44 GPA
*A grade of S (Satisfactory) is not figured into the GPA but does count toward graduation. A grade of U (Unsatisfactory) in such a course, however, is figured into the GPA.
The Linfield Curriculum is the set of general education requirements at Linfield. Grounded in the multidisciplinary spirit of the liberal arts, the Linfield Curriculum stresses wide exposure to the ways that educated individuals, be they scientists, artists, business entrepreneurs, teachers, or ethicists, engage ideas, articulate choices, and assert opinions. It encourages students to cultivate intellectual and personal flexibility, pursue independent action, and engage in responsible decision-making.
The Linfield Curriculum emphasizes communication and facilitates self-discovery in personal, cultural, and academic contexts. It affirms the need to understand people and societies both nationally and internationally. In short, the Linfield Curriculum encourages inquiry, analysis, and imagination, habits of mind that provide the foundation for reasoned action, wonder, and continued learning in all aspects of life.
Close to graduation? You must apply to graduate (click on "Apply for Graduation" in WebAdvisor) one year prior to degree completion.