Michigan Tech has a unique grading system. This site provides a thorough explanation of all grades awarded by the University and information about how your student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated.
Grades are not mailed. Your student may access their grades online on the Banweb system. In order for parents, guardians, or family members to view student grades, they must be granted Guest Access to the Banweb system by their student. If you do not have access to the Internet, your student may grant you verbal authorization, which allows you to call the University to obtain their grades or other information available on Banweb (see FERPA and Guest Access for more information).
If your student ever has questions about one of their grades, they should first contact the instructor of the course. There is a formal academic grievance procedure to follow if the student cannot resolve the issue with the involved faculty member.
New first-year students receive midterm grades for their courses after completion of the sixth week of the semester. Midterm grades are either satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) and are early indicators of a student’s progress. Students may check their midterm grades on Banweb, but these grades will not appear on their transcripts. If your student has granted you Guest Access to their grades, you will be able to view their midterm grades. If your student has unsatisfactory grades at midterm, encourage them to speak with their instructors, meet with someone in COMPASS to discuss their progress, improve their study habits, and utilize campus resources as needed to make improvements.
Students must make satisfactory academic progress during their time at Michigan Tech. In order to graduate from Michigan Tech, a student must achieve a cumulative and departmental (major) GPA of 2.0 or better. If a student’s cumulative or departmental GPA drops below a 2.0 or their semester (term) GPA is less than a 2.0 in the most recent semester, they will be placed on academic probation. Academic suspension may result if the cumulative GPA does not increase to above 2.0 after one semester of academic probation. With this in mind, Michigan Tech offers many opportunities for students to receive the academic support they need to be successful.