What do the A, E, and I codes on my transcript mean?
The three codes mean the following:
E = The course attempt is excluded from GPA (grade point average) calculation.
A = The course attempt is included in GPA calculation.
I = The course attempt is included in GPA and earned hours calculation.
To understand these codes and the scenario below, you must remember these basic rules about repeats:
When you repeat a course, the second attempt AND ALL SUBSEQUENT ATTEMPTS are used in calculating your GPA. The first attempt remains on your transcript, but it is no longer used in calculating your GPA.
The last grade earned for a course "stands": it is always used in calculating your GPA, even if the grade is lower than a previous attempt's.
As a rule, you can receive credit hours for a course only one time. (Some courses are exceptions to this rule, but these are noted in the course description sections of the catalogs.) For example, if you take a 3-hour course 3 times and pass it twice, you will receive only 3 hours credit, not 6.
Let's look at this scenario involving MATH 1710, a course worth 3 credit hours:
In Fall you take MATH 1710 and earn an F. The F is used in calculating your GPA, and since you made an F, you earned no credit hours for the class.
In Spring, you retake MATH 1710 and earn a D. Your first attempt (F in Fall), will now have an E by it. Your second attempt (D in Spring) will now have an I by it. The first attempt is excluded (E) from GPA calculation; the second attempt is included in GPA calculation and results in 3 hours earned credit (I).
Wanting a better grade, you decide to take MATH 1710 a third time in Summer. This time you earn a C. You now have three attempts of the same course on your transcript. The first attempt (F in Fall) will have an E by it, indicating it is excluded from GPA calculation. The second attempt (D in Spring) now has an A by it, indicating that it is included in GPA calculation but that you are no longer earning credit hours for the attempt. The third attempt now has the I by it, indicating that it is the only attempt that is used in GPA calculation AND results in 3 hours earned credit.
For more information on repeats, see Repeated Course/GPA Scenarios.