Permanent semester grades are used to compute grade point average (GPA). A cumulative GPA includes all credits completed at Southwest Tech.

Students may view their grades electronically on MySWTC.

To calculate a semester GPA, first multiply the credit value of a course by the point value of the grade earned. The total number of points earned for the semester is then divided by the total number of credits taken in that semester.

Example: A student completes four courses in a semester. The GPA is 3.42 (41 divided by 12).

Credit Loads

Students may carry up to 20 credits per semester without written approval from their division dean. A minimum of 12 credits is required to be a full-time student.

Grade Change Procedures

Questions about a course grade that appears in a final grade report should be immediately brought to the attention of the instructor. An instructor can officially change a grade up to one year after course completion.

Dean’s List

The Deans’ List is made up of students enrolled in associate degree and technical diploma programs who have completed 12 or more credits during the semester and earned a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher for the semester (non-cumulative). Honors are not awarded to students who have an “I,” “IP,” or “F” grade on their semester transcript.

Graduating with High Honors

Students who have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above at graduation may wear a high honor cord during their graduation ceremony. The cumulative GPA of students enrolled in two-year programs is determined by using all program-required coursework completed prior to the final term. The cumulative GPA of students in one-year programs is determined by using all completed program-required coursework plus grade approximations for final term program-required courses.

Cumulative GPA is not rounded in determining eligibility for high honors. For example, a 3.49 GPA is not rounded to 3.5. Participation in the graduation ceremony is required to receive a high honor cord, which the recipient may keep.


Students may receive periodic progress reports; however, midterm evaluations are informational only. Semester grades are entered on a student's permanent record and used to compute grade point average.