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Why do I see two sets of undergraduate GPA statistics when I check my grades or look at my transcript? What's the difference between "Institution" and "Institution Combined?"

Answer ID 594   |    Published 01/16/2002 01:26 PM   |    Updated 03/06/2014 04:42 PM

Why do I see two sets of undergraduate GPA statistics when I check my grades or look at my transcript?  What's the difference between "Institution" and "Institution Combined?"

You will see two sets of GPA statistics when you view your official grades or your transcript information:

First Set

  • Institution - Statistics pertaining to couses taken at the U of M, excluding remedial and developmental courses.
  • Transfer - Statistics pertaining to courses taken at other colleges and universities, excluding remedial and developmental courses.
  • Overall - Statistics pertaining to courses taken at at the U of M and all other colleges and universities you have attended, excluding remedial and developmental courses.

This first set of statistics is used to determine: the Dean's List (whether you make it or not), your student classification (Senior, Junior, etc.),  your graduation GPA, your degree requirement hours, graduation distinction/honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude), eligibility for honors organizations, and other distinctions.

Second Set

The "Combined" statistics include remedial and developmental courses:

  • Institution Combined - Statistics pertaining to couses taken at the U of M, including remedial and developmental courses.
  • Transfer Combined - Statistics pertaining to courses taken at other colleges and universities, including remedial and developmental courses.
  • Overall Combined - Statistics pertaining to courses taken at the U of M and all other colleges and universities you have attended, including remedial and developmental courses.

The Combined statistics are used to determine: Academic Status (Good Standing, Academic Warning, Academic Probation, Academic Suspension), financial aid eligibility, fraternity/sorority membership status, and athletic eligibility, among other things.

If you have never taken any remedial and developmental courses, your two sets of statistics should be the same.

NoteRemedial courses DO appear on your transcript.

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