# Is a “D” a passing grade?

The final exam is next week. She needs to get about 90% to get a C in the final exam. The chance is very small and she is thinking about dropping the class.

The worse case is she will end up with a D.

Is a D a passing grade?

Should she give it a try to ace the final or should she just drop the class and retake it next semester?

Thank you.

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D is typically a passing grade, but certain programs may have minimums to be in good standing or else probation or program disqualification may occur necessitating a re-take.

A final grade of ‘D’ would be considered a passing grade, but the GPA for a ‘D’ is calculated as 1.0 X # credit hours. The GPA as stated on a transcript is the total number of GPA points divided by the total credit hours.

Most schools require a student to maintain a MINIMUM GPA of 2.0 (a ‘C’). If the GPA falls below that they are placed on academic probation and given a certain amount of time to bring the GPA up to the minimum or are not allowed back into the school. You’ll also need a GPA of at least 2.0 to graduate at most schools.

Differential Equations is not a general class everybody takes. It’s a core class for those majoring in Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, etc. As such, even getting a ‘C’ wouldn’t be that great. If that’s the highest math class required, then they could get by w/ a ‘C’, assuming their interests in whatever field they wanted to get into wouldn’t involve higher math.

Most schools have a drop deadline date. If you fail to drop the course by that date and later try to drop the class, you’ll get an ‘F’ anyways. An ‘F’ by the way has a GPA modifier of 0. Some schools swap the new course grade for an old one, but some average the 2 grades together to arrive at the modifier for that course.

So, let’s try an example.

If the school allows a swap and the student gets an ‘F’ this time, but a ‘B’ the next time they take the class, and assuming it’s a 3 credit hour class, they will have 3.0 x 3 = 9 GPA points (as opposed to the 0 they’ll have for failing the class). If the school averages the grades though, they’ll have [(0+3.0)/2] X 3 = 4.5 GPA points.

If the student manages to get a ‘D’ the 1st time and a ‘B’ the second, then they’d get either 9 or 6 GPA points. While this looks negligible (4.5 VS 6) you’ve got to remember 12 are required for a 4.0 (A) and only 3 for a 1.0 (D).

If she has 135 credits taken already, getting a D or F won’t hurt as much as if she only has 21 credits. Assuming she has a 3.0 GPA and gets an F her GPA would drop to 2.935 with 135 credits but 2.625 with only 21 credits. It’s always hard to improve your GPA though; that’s why they are valued so much.

My advice is to have your friend study hard and go for it. They might be surprised w/ a ‘C’ in the end. Even if they get that ‘D’, they’ll have an understanding of what the final looks like and will be better prepared for it next time. They’ll know what they need to learn the next time around.

D is a passing grade. So if she needs the credit, she can stay in the course, but otherwise it looks like it will damage her GPA and it would be best to drop it. She might want to talk with the teacher/professor before she takes action.

At my high school a D was a passing grade.

In college it was a little different. At my college you could receive credits for only one or two grades below a C, if you had more than two Ds or C-s during your time in college you had to retake classes. When taking classes elsewhere, a C was required to transfer the course.