|Grade||Description||Points per credit|
|F0||Failure based on non-attendance||N/A|
|W||Withdrew from course||N/A|
|WI||Withdrew from the University||N/A|
|+||National / International|
Student Exchange Credit
|NC||No Credit Earned||N/A|
|NG||No grade assigned by|
instructor (system generated)
Grading systems from Fall 1975 to Summer 2016. For grades Fall 1972 to Summer 1975 contact OneStop.
|Grade||Description||Points per credit|
|F0||Failure 60% Requirements||0.00|
|WI||Withdrew from Term||N/A|
- Grading Option
Each Academic Unit is responsible for determining a course’s grading option. Courses may be offered for a letter grade (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F) or Pass/Fail (P for pass or F for fail). Courses offered with a grading option (OP) allow students to choose a letter grade or a Pass/Fail grade. The grading option must be indicated at the time of registration and may not be changed after the Add/Drop period. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
- Audit (AU)
Audited courses are part of a student’s official academic record and will be recorded on the transcript. These courses do not count towards total credits earned nor do they affect the student’s GPA. Audited courses are assessed tuition based on the current fee schedule. Students wishing to audit a course (AU) must obtain written permission from the instructor on departmental letterhead. Students have until the end of the Add/Drop period to request a course to be audited. Once a course has been requested as an audit, the grading option may not be changed. There are no exceptions to this deadline.
- Variable Credits
For certain courses, the student has the option to decide how many credits he/she would like to enroll in. This is called a variable credit class.
- Late Drops (DR)
Courses dropped after the official Add/Drop Period are recorded on the transcript with a grade of “DR” (dropped). Students are financially liable for all courses dropped after the Add/Drop period.
Learn more about dropping classes.
- Withdrawals (WI)
A withdrawal grade (WI) is assigned if the student wishes to drop all courses for a particular semester or withdrawal from the university after the Add/Drop period. The Academic Calendar contains the appropriate semester deadlines for completing a withdrawal with a 25% refund of tuition and for completing a withdrawal without refund of tuition. Students who wish to obtain a withdrawal grade should visit the Office of the Registrar to obtain the Withdrawal Form. This form must be completed in full and signed by several departments, including but not limited to, the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Financials, and the Library. International students and Veterans are required to obtain additional signatures before the Withdrawal Form can be returned to the Office of the Registrar for processing.
Learn more about withdrawing from classes.
- Incomplete Grade (IN)
An incomplete grade (IN) is a temporary symbol given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed due to serious interruption, not caused by the student's own negligence. Students receiving an incomplete grade must complete the appropriate coursework within two semesters (including summer). If coursework is not completed in this time frame, the incomplete grade (IN) will automatically default to a failing grade (F). Students should not re-enroll in the same course to make up the incomplete grade. To change an incomplete grade, the student should speak directly to the course instructor to have the appropriate documentation submitted.
If a student receives an incomplete grade and has applied for graduation at the end of the term, he or she must complete the incomplete grade prior to the conferral of the degree. The Graduation Office begins to confer degrees on the day grades are released and continues within the timeframe given to them by the State of Florida. If the student does not complete the incomplete with the established timeframe, the student’s graduation will be denied and he or she will need to apply for graduation for the following term.
Change of Grade
If a student believes that he or she received the wrong grade for a course, the student should speak to the course instructor first. If there was an error in the grading roster, the course instructor will be responsible for initiating action to update the grade for the student. Change of grade requests must be approved by the course instructor, the College or School’s Dean’s Office, and may require additional approval from the Provost’s Office if the change of grade is for a course that was not taken within the last 12 months.
If students do not see a grade posted on their transcript they should contact their professor, as the professor would be the ones approving/submitting the grade the student earned in the class.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for
P(Pass) and NC (No Credit) Grades for Spring 2020
Options: ✔ = eligible; ✘ = not eligible
- When do I make the choice to change my grades to P (Pass) or NC (No Credit) for Spring 2020?
After grades post on April 30th, you will have until May 11th, 2020 at 11:59pm to “opt-in” to grades of P (Pass), NC (No Credit).
- How do I make my choice to change my grades?
This will be through an electronic process when you log-in to your MyFIU student account home page, there will be a “request grade change.” You will receive additional information soon on the process.
- If I am a freshman eligible to receive automatic NC grades at the end of the term, will I now have to opt in?
NC grades will not be automatically entered for Spring 2020. You will need to opt-in to available NC or P grade options.
- What options do I have if I received an F?
Grades of F can be changed to NC grades. The NC grades will not impact your GPA. NC grades will be considered attempted credits but will not be considered as earned credits.
- If I received an F, am I eligible to receive a P grade?
No. F grades do not have the option of a P, only NC.
- What options do I have if I received a D?
Grades of D can be changed to P grades. The P grade that replaces a D will not impact your GPA. Grades of P that replace D grades will count as both attempted and earned credits. P grades that replace Ds will not meet prerequisite requirement of C or better or graduation requirements that require a C or better.
- What options do I have if I received a grade of C or C+?
Grades of C or C+ can be changed to P grades. The P grade that replaces a C or C+ grade will not impact your GPA; will count as both attempted and earned credit; and will meet prerequisite requirements of C or better. The P grade that replaces a C or C+ grade will not meet prerequisite requirements of B or better. Students who choose the P to replace a grade of C or C+ will not be able to retake the course without getting permission from their advisor.
- What options do I have if I received a grade of B- ?
Grades of B- can be changed to P grades. The P grade that replaces a B- grade will not impact your GPA; will count as both attempted and earned credit; and will meet prerequisite requirements of C or better. The P grade that replaces a B- grade will not meet prerequisite requirements or graduation requirements of B or better. Students who choose the P to replace a grade of B- will not be able to retake the course without getting permission from their advisor.
- What options do I have if I received a grade of B or higher?
Grades of B or higher cannot be replaced with P grades or with NC grades. Your advisor can work with you if you have extenuating circumstances. Please make an appointment to speak to your advisor about your grades before the end of the period to change grades: May 11th, 2020.
- What if I am in the Honors College and choose a P grade for my class(es)?
As an Honors College student you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 for satisfactory academic standing and to graduate as an Honors College student. We suggest that you speak to your advisor and/or the Honors College prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options. Honors courses are also eligible for the P grade option, but we recommend you speak to your Honors College Advisor regarding any IDH course grade changes prior to grades posting.
- Will the new grade of NC or P show on my transcripts?
Yes, the new grades will be reflected on your transcripts. They will be accompanied by a notation that the grade was selected as a result of COVID 19.
- If I chose the P grade, how will that impact my GPA?
The P grade will not impact your GPA. It will count as attempted and earned credit.
- If I chose a P for a class that is a prerequisite for another class, will that allow me to enroll in the subsequent class?
If a C or better is required to fulfill the prerequisite, only a P grade that is replacing a C grade or higher will fulfill the requirement. If the original grade received was a D, the P grade will not fulfill the requirement.
If a B or better is required to fulfill the prerequisite, the P grade to replace a B- or lower will not fulfill the requirement.
- If I chose the P grade, can that course be used for the UCC? For a requirement for my major? For an elective?
UCC: If the original grade received was a C or higher, the P grade will fulfill any requirement that requires a C or better. If the original grade received was a D, the P will not fulfill any requirement that requires a C or better (Gordon Rule, Gordon Rule with Writing). Not all UCC courses require that you attain a C or better, although some UCC courses may serve as both UCC and major requirements. To fulfill the major requirement, the original grade would need to be high enough to fulfill that requirement. Please check with your advisor to see if the course in question could be completed with the P grade.
Major Requirements: You will need an original grade of C or better to complete most major requirements. If your original grade was a D, changing the grade to P will not complete those requirements. It is best to check with your advisor to determine if the P will work based on the original grade you received.
Electives: If the elective in question would be fulfilled with a D grade, then the P grade would most likely fulfill that requirement. If the elective requires a C or better to pass, then the P grade would only work if your original grade was a C or higher. Please check with your advisor to see if the course in question could be completed with the P grade.
- If I chose the P grade, can I retake the course?
If the course is noted in the catalog as a repeatable course, yes. If the course is not noted as repeatable, you will only be able to repeat the course if your original grade was a D. To retake a course for which you originally earned a C or better, you would need to get permission from your advisor.
- If I already have 4 NC grades, can I still opt to change my F to an NC?
Yes, the NC grades received for Spring 2020, due to the COVID-19 emergency, will not count towards your limit of 4 NC grades.
- Am I required to consult with my advisor prior to making my choice?
While it is not required that you consult with your advisor, it is advisable that you work with your advisor prior to making your choice. Your choices will have GPA implications and could impact your progress to graduation and/or financial aid renewal eligibility. We suggest that you speak to your advisor and the OneStop prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options. Soon after grades post, you will receive an email with instructions on making your choices.
If you are a graduate student you must consult with your Graduate Program Director prior to making your choice to avoid any possible delays in the completion of your degree.
- Will I have the option to change my grade in all my classes – even my online classes?
Yes, you can opt to change the grade in your course to P or NC as applicable regardless of the original modality of the course.
- Will I be able to change the grade in the classes I took in Spring A?
No, those classes ended and were graded prior to the COVID 19 emergency. Only classes for Session B (2nd 7 weeks), Session C (full 16 weeks), and dynamically dated classes that are/were still on-going, as of March 12, 2020 or later.
- Will choosing the P or NC grade affect my financial aid?
Spring 2020 financial aid will not be impacted by choosing a P or NC grade as aid has already been disbursed. For Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and for Bright Futures renewal requirements, P grades will count as both attempted credits and earned credits. NC grades will count as attempted but not earned credits and thus may impact future aid.
- Will choosing the P or NC grade cause me to incur Excess Hour Charges?
Both the NC grade and the P grade are considered attempted credits and will count towards the total course credits for the purpose of Excess Hours. Please check with your Excess Credit Counter or consult with your advisor to determine if you are in danger of accruing Excess Hours.
- Am I allowed to choose which classes I can receive P/NC for? Or do I have to change them all?
You can choose the NC or P grade option for each course individually as applicable. P for any course in which you earned a D, C, C+, B-, B, B+, or A-; NC for any course in which you earned an F.
- What if I opt to change my grade and then change my mind?
Once you select an option, and the May 11th, 2020 deadline has passed, you cannot make a change. This is an option for a limited time and not reversible.
- Who do I contact for help? What if I cannot get into contact with my advisor?
If you are an undergraduate student and are having a problem reaching your undergraduate advisor, please contact [email protected]
If you are a graduate student, please contact the Graduate Program Director for your program.
- Does my advisor file this? Or do I?
While it is advisable that you consult with your advisor prior to making your choice, you will initiate the change. We suggest that you speak to your advisor prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options. Soon after grades post, you will receive an email with instructions on making your choices.
- If I plan on transferring my course to another institution, will they accept the P or NC grade?
An NC grade is “no credit” and therefore does not transfer. Depending on the institution you plan to attend, the P grade may transfer, you should check with your future institution to confirm.
- How will the P or NC grade impact my ability to get into a Graduate Program?
Since admissions to graduate programs differ, it is best to speak to the Graduate Program Director or Graduate Admissions Office for the program you are considering prior to making your choice.
- If I am considering Medical School, Dental School or another health-related professional school, should I choose the P or NC grade option?
Typically, health professional programs require a C or higher earned on pre-requisite coursework. A consensus has been voiced by health programs that many will be flexible in accepting a P grade for the spring 2020 semester. FIU cannot guarantee that every health professional program will accept a P grade and schools may require justification from students on the selection of a P. Health professional programs will NOT accept an NC and students who select an NC grade in place of an F will need to retake the course. The Office of Pre-Health advising will offer special group advising sessions this semester through Zoom conferencing to answer pertinent questions.
- If I am in a graduate certificate program and I choose the P or NC grade, will this impact my ability to obtain the Certificate?
If you are in a graduate certificate program consult with the program director prior to choosing anything other than the letter grade you receive in the course.
If you choose P in a course, that course will not contribute to the GPA. If you complete all the required certificate courses successfully (i.e. “P” or a passing letter grade, and your GPA is 3.0 or above), then you will earn the certificate.
- If I am a master’s student who was admitted conditionally and will complete my 9 credit milestone this term, can I choose the P option for a course that originally was letter graded? Will the P suffice to meet the condition for full admission?
You can choose the P option but the P will not suffice for you to meet the condition for full admission. If you are reaching the 9 credit milestone this term and elect to have a P in one or more of the courses and this is your third term in the program, you will be able to maintain your conditional admission status for one more term to obtain the required 3.0 GPA for full admission. If you are completing more than 9 credits this term and will meet the 3.0 GPA condition with a subset of the courses you are taking, your condition will be met and you can be fully admitted even if you elect to have a P in one of the courses beyond the 9 credits.
- If I am an international student, should I choose to change my grade?
If you are worried about your international student status if you happen to opt for the Pass/NO Credit Earned choice, USCIS has established that
“…full course of study requirements can be waived as a direct result of the impact from COVID-19” (March 26 Update)
So, although we would highly advise you to remain within the regular grading option, if you have a circumstance related to the COVID-19 situation and you have discussed the possibility with your academic advisor, you may opt for the new P or NC alternative. Also, please be reminded that ISSS only responds to immigration-related questions, all academic/GPA inquiries should be directed to your academic advisor.
Once you have discussed your decision with your academic advisor, if you still have questions about how this may impact your visa status ALWAYS ask ISSS! And ALWAYS read our immigration updates, because this policy may change in the future.
- If I am a student athlete, should I choose to change my grade?
Student-athletes must contact their SAAC Academic Coordinator prior to making a decision. Your choices will have GPA implications that could impact your NCAA progress to degree and/or ability to receive Financial Aid. We suggest that you speak to your Academic Coordinator and the FIU Office of Athletics Compliance prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options. Soon after grades post, you will receive an email with instructions on making your choices.
- Will choosing a P affect my ability to graduate with the academic honors of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude?
P grades will have no impact on students’ GPA and as such will not contribute to the total number of grade points students earn. Prior to choosing the P grade, you should work with your advisor to calculate how your choices will affect your ability to reach the minimum GPA requirements and minimum number of grade points needed for those honors (Summa Cum Laude requires an earned cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher; Magna Cum Laude requires an earned cumulative GPA of 3.7 – 3.899; Cum Laude requires an earned GPA of 3.50-3.699).”To graduate with the above honors, the student must have completed a minimum of 40 semester hours of coursework at FIU for which grade points (Pass/Fail does not apply) are earned at the university.” – Undergraduate Catalog, p.57.
- I am currently a dual enrollment student, do I qualify to opt-in for the P/NC grade?
No, a letter grade must be assigned to coursework conducted by FIU dual enrollment for on-and off-campus students. This is in alignment with Florida Statute 1007.271, (20), which states: “A postsecondary institution shall assign letter grades to each student enrolled in a dual enrollment course. The letter grade assigned by the postsecondary institution shall be posted to the student’s high school transcript by the school district.” FIU defines letter grades as “A” to “F” and, as such, the dual enrollment program will be exempt from the Spring 2020 two alternative grading options (i.e., Pass [“P”] and No Credit Earned [“NC”]
- Will choosing a P affect my ability to make the Dean’s List?
P grades will have no impact on students’ GPA. Prior to choosing the P grade, you should work with your advisor to calculate how your choices will affect your ability to reach the minimum GPA requirements to make the Dean’s List (Any fully admitted undergraduate student who earns a semester average of 3.5 or higher on nine or more semester credit hours of coursework for which grade points are earned is placed on the semester Dean’s List. This achievement is noted on the student’s permanent academic record).
Students taking General Chemistry 1 in Spring who receive F:
- Students who need to take General Chemistry 2, can choose the NC option to remove the impact of the F from their GPA. The NC grade, like the F, would be counted as attempted but not earned credits. The students would need to retake General Chemistry 1 and receive a grade of C or higher before they could take General Chemistry 2.
- Students who realize that they no longer want to be in a major that requires General Chemistry (English for example) could still choose the NC grade option. They would still need to take a Natural Science course to fulfill the UCC requirements. Their advisors can help direct them to appropriate science courses.
- Students taking General Chemistry 1 in Spring who receive D:
- Students who need to take General Chemistry 2 could choose to take a P to remove the impact of the D from the GPA but they would need to retake General Chemistry 1 before moving on to General Chemistry 2
- Students who realize that they no longer want to be in a major that requires General Chemistry (English for example) could take the P to remove the impact of the D from the GPA. They would not need to retake the General Chemistry 1 course since the D will fulfill the UCC Natural Science requirement (Group 1).
- Students taking General Chemistry 1 in Spring who receive C, C+, B-:
- Students who need to take General Chemistry 2 could calculate the impact of the C, C+, or B- on their GPA. If removing that grade would help their GPA, they could choose to change to the P grade. They would not need to retake General Chemistry 1. They could enroll in General Chemistry 2. Their advisor can assist with making the GPA determination.
- Students who realize that they no longer want to be in a major that requires General Chemistry (English for example) could still choose to change to the P to remove the impact of the C, C+, or B- grade to their GPA if that is beneficial. The General Chemistry class with either the C or above or the P would fulfill the UCC Natural Science requirement (Group 1)
- How can I opt-in to Pass/No Credit?
Please follow this guide. Please note this guide is geared towards Undergraduate and Graduate students. If you are a College of Medicine or College of Law student please contact your respective College for assistance and available grading options.
Grades and the Grading System
NOTE: W grade unit maximum policy updated to reset the maximum for students pursuing a second Bachelor's degree, 5/28/20.
3/21/17 Note: Departments may require a C-grade course prerequisite when this is necessary for success in a subsequent course, beginning in Spring 2018.
A, B, C, D, and E constitute the regular grades used at the University of Arizona. Regular grades are included in the calculation of the grade-point-average (GPA).
A minimum grade of C may be required to register for some courses when a higher level of mastery than a D is necessary for the student's success in the subsequent course. Students should check the requisites (recommended course work) and enrollment requirements (required course work) when planning their class schedules and registering for the next term. Recommended and required course work is noted in the UAccess Class Search and in the Course Catalog.
The majority of courses at the University are graded with regular grades. Exceptions include: most house-numbered courses (independent study, colloquium, etc), and some law, medicine, pharmacy and public health courses. Courses using alternative grades are designated as such in the course descriptions.
5/9/17 Note: The K grade for "course in progress" is discontinued as of Fall 2017. The alternative grade system, S/P/C/D/E, is replaced with the S/P/F system beginning in Spring 2018.
S, P, F grading: For the majority of individual studies courses, one of the grade systems available is the special grades of S, P, F. Grades of S (superior), P (pass), and F (fail) are not included in the calculation of the GPA, nor do they count toward meeting the criteria for dean's list, honorable mention, or academic distinctions.
Graduate courses: Grades for 900 through 925 house numbered courses and other graduate level project courses that continue for longer than one term will be awarded S, P, or F on the basis of the work completed during the semester of enrollment. As with all courses, the option of awarding an I remains available when warranted. If the course is passed, the units of credit may be applied toward the degree at the discretion of the student's major advisor.
Medical grades: all 800-level courses offered by the College of Medicine are graded on an honors/ high pass/ pass/ fail system (H, HP, P, F). See the College of Medicine Grading System for more information.
Law grades: law students please consult the College of Law Grading System.
* NOTE: For house numbered courses with a choice of grading systems (senior capstone, colloquium, etc.), departments have the option of awarding regular grades only (A,B,C,D,E) or alternative grades S/P/F, as departmental policy dictates. All students enrolled in that course must be graded by the same system.
Pass/Fail Option for Undergraduates:
For certain courses, a qualified student may elect to register under the pass/fail option. Under such registration, the only final grades available to the student are P (pass) or F (fail). To receive the grade of P, the student must be doing work comparable to a D or better. If a course is taken under the pass/fail option, the grade of P or F will be permanently recorded. If the course is passed, the units of credit will be applied toward graduation. Pass/fail grades are NOT included in the GPA.
Undergraduate students may elect to take courses under the pass/fail option only after they have attained sophomore standing and only if they have earned grade-point-averages (GPAs) of 2.000 or better.
Courses taken under the pass/fail option must be electives only, and may not be used to fulfill general education, major, minor, or other specified curriculum requirements.
Students registering for a course under the pass/fail option must meet the prerequisites or otherwise satisfy the instructor of their ability to take the course.
Undergraduate students may register under the pass/fail option for not more than 2 courses per semester up to a maximum of 12 courses. Further, they must carry a minimum of 12 course units graded with regular grades during each term in which they take courses under the pass/fail option. Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the student's academic dean.
Students may change from pass/fail enrollment to enrollment for a regular grade, or vice versa, only during the time period prior to the last day of the fourth calendar week (Fall and Spring) during which classes are held, except with special permission of the student's college dean.
Each department decides which of its courses will be available under the pass/fail option. Further, the instructor of the course must approve when it is offered for pass/fail. The instructor's class roster will serve as notification of any students enrolled in the class under the pass/fail option.
Courses that are available for pass/fail are designated as such in the Schedule of Classes as "Available: Pass/Fail."
Student Teaching: pass/fail grades are the only grades available for FSHD 489, TTE 493A, and TTE 493B. Enrollment in these courses will not reduce the amount for which a student can otherwise enroll under the pass/fail option.
Pass/Fail Option for Graduate Students:
For certain courses, a graduate student may elect to register under the Pass/Fail option. Under such registration, the only final grades available to the student are P (pass) or F (fail). To receive the grade of P, the student must be doing work comparable to a C or better. If a course is taken under the Pass/Fail option, the grade of P or F will be permanently recorded. If the course is passed, the units of credit may be applied toward the degree at the discretion of the student'smajor advisor. Pass/Fail grades are NOT included in the GPA.
Students registering for a course under the Pass/Fail option must meet the prerequisites or otherwise satisfy the instructor of their ability to take the course.
Students may register under the Pass/Fail option for not more than 2 courses per semester. Students may change from Pass/Fail enrollment to enrollment for a regular grade, or vice versa, only during the time period prior to the last day of the fourth calendar week (Fall and Spring) during which classes are held, except with special permission of the Dean, Graduate College.
The department determines which of its courses will be available under the Pass/Fail option, but this is subject to approval by the instructor teaching the course. Graduate students may take courses offered by the College of Law for Pass/Fail for graduate credit. Graduate students who need to complete admission deficiencies or who wish to take undergraduate courses for Pass/Fail may do so, but they will not earn graduate credit for those courses. The instructor shall be informed by the Office of the Registrar which students are enrolled under the Pass/Fail option.
Courses that are available for Pass/Fail are designated as such in the Schedule of Classes as "Available: Pass/Fail."
I Incomplete Grade:
The grade of I may be awarded only at the end of a term, when all but a minor portion of the course work has been satisfactorily completed. The grade of I is not to be awarded in place of a failing grade or when the student is expected to repeat the course; in such a case, a grade other than I must be assigned. Students should make arrangements with the instructor to receive an incomplete grade before the end of the term.
Instructors are encouraged to use the Report of Incomplete Grade form as a contract with the student as to what course work must be completed by the student for the I grade to be removed and replaced with a grade. On the form, the instructor states: (1) which assignments or exams should be completed and when; (2) how this work will be graded; and (3) how the student's course grade will be calculated. Both the instructor and student sign this agreement and both should retain copies.
After the course work is completed, the instructor should assign the appropriate grade on the UAccess Grade Roster. After posting, the new grade will be included in the calculation of the student's GPA.
If the incomplete grade is not removed by the instructor within one year (the last day of finals one year later), the I grade will convert to a failing grade. For undergraduate courses, the one-year limit may be extended for one additional year if, prior to converting to an E, the extension is approved by the instructor and the dean of the college in which the student is registered. For graduate courses, the one-year extension must be approved by the instructor and Graduate College dean. This extension requires the instructor and dean's signature on a Petition for Extension of Course Work. Notification of the dean's approval or denial is to be provided to the student by the dean's office. A copy of the approved or denied Petition must then be forwarded from the dean's office to the Office of the Registrar, Administration 210, for appropriate processing. Once the Ihas converted to an E, a one-year extension will only be considered for an undergraduate course if the student submits an appeal to the University General Petition Committee. Additionally, a request for an extension of time beyond 2 academic years of the original course enrollment requires approval by the General Petition Committee. For courses taken for graduate credit, an extension beyond 2 academic years may be considered only by the Graduate College.
W Withdrawal, Dropping a Course:
Early in the semester or term, (see Dates & Deadlines) official withdrawal (drop) of a course cancels the registration for the course.No approval is needed. No grade for the course will appear on the student's permanent record. Note that the first withdrawal deadline differs for undergraduate and graduate courses.
Until the second withdrawal deadline, (see Dates & Deadlines), students may use UAccess Student Self-Service to withdraw from a course. No approval is needed. The grade of W is awarded regardless of whether the student is passing at the time of withdrawal. The W will appear on the student's permanent record but does not affect the student's grade-point-average (GPA).
After the second withdrawal deadline, the grade of W can be awarded only with the approval of the student's instructor and academic dean, and only under exceptional circumstances. Students with extenuating circumstances must petition with their college dean for permission to drop a course. The student's final course-withdrawal (drop) deadline differs for undergraduate and graduate courses.
W Grade Unit Maximum: The number of undergraduate course withdrawals (drops) cannot exceed 18 units during the student's undergraduate career; the 18-unit limit will be reset once a student completes a bachelor's degree at the University and begins a Second Bachelor's Degree (does not apply to concurrent degrees). The 18-unit maximum applies to all courses dropped with a W grade. The W grade is awarded for all withdrawals between the first and final withdrawal deadlines--from the third week through the thirteenth week of a regular semester (including those awarded for administrative drops or for approved Late Change Petitions).
WC Withdrawal, Complete Withdrawal and Retroactive Withdrawal from the University:
In the case of complete Withdrawal from the University, if a student withdraws before the end of the second week of classes in a regular semester (before the end of the fourth week for graduate and professional students), no classes show on the student's permanent record. If a student withdraws from the University after the second week of classes during a regular semester (after the fourth week for graduate and professional students) and before the final exam period, the grade of WC (withdrawal-complete) is awarded for all classes processed in the complete withdrawal. WC grades are NOT included in the GPA and are not included in the 18-unit W maximum. The refund schedule is listed for each term in the Registration Dates and Deadlines calendar.
O Audit Grade:
The grade of O is awarded for courses taken for audit. Audit grades are not awarded unless the student is registered for audit. (In the case of COOP 100, students are automatically registered for audit.) Audit grades are NOT included in the GPA. See the audit policy for details and the use of WO and XO grades.
The grade of CR is a passing grade awarded for courses taken by Special Examination for Credit. Failing grades are not recorded. The CR grade is NOT included in the GPA.
CR grade for 930 house numbered courses: the grade of CR is awarded upon completion of degree requirements.
(Blank) No Grade Submitted:
No grade indicator is entered when an instructor fails to submit grades for all students in a course by the grade reporting deadline at the end of the term. Prior to Spring 2003, students were awarded a temporary grade of 'Y' after the grade reporting deadline and prior to receiving the final grade from the instructor.
Consistent with current practice, if grades are issued for some but not all students in a class, those students who were not awarded a grade by the instructor will be awarded an administrative grade of 'E' by the Registrar's Office.
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Though an Incomplete (I) grade may be assigned, a final grade must be submitted during the following term. If a P grade is assigned, it will remain until the instructor assigns a grade of S or U; all previously assigned P grades should revert to an S or U upon assignment of the final grade in most cases. These courses will not count in the student’s graduate Grade Point Average (GPA).
Research courses are traditionally reserved for graduate students; however, other students (Law, Medical, Undergraduate, etc.) occasionally register for a research course. In these cases the student’s college can decide to have the course count in the GPA with an academic action to the Registrar’s Office.
If a course has been structured to offer the S/U grading option, a grade of S in that course would mean a grade of B or better. S/U courses are not computed into the grade-point average. They may however satisfy the Graduate School’s minimum graduate residence, degree, and coursework (50%) credit requirements as well as the minor course credit and in considering the minimum or maximum credit load per term. The S/U grading option is not to be confused with the pass/fail option. Unsatisfactory grades do not satisfy any Graduate School’s minimum credit requirements. Programs and the Graduate School monitor students for unsatisfactory grades. Advisor holds may be placed for students with unsatisfactory grades.
The use of letter grades (A through F) is encouraged and recommended whenever information on performance permits. Courses designated as research require grading on the S/U basis. In certain seminars and advanced topics courses, where lack of examinations and other performance criteria makes the A-F scale inappropriate, use of the S/U option is permissible.
Princeton University is committed to fairness and transparency in assessment of students' work and grading practices. This approach emphasizes well-defined evaluative criteria and meaningful feedback as the most important pedagogical components of the grading system. Faculty shall use grades and substantive feedback to give students clear and detailed information about the quality of their work. Each department and program shall articulate well-defined and meaningful grading standards for work within its discipline.
The same standards for judging academic performance apply to all students in a course, whether it is taken by an upper-level or under-level student, as a departmental or an elective course, or as an undergraduate or graduate course. A student may not, for example, submit extra work or revised work unless this opportunity is explicitly extended to all students in the course.
Grade changes may be requested by course instructors to correct a computational grading error. A student who believes their course grade was assigned in error or in a manner not consistent with the stated grading rubric of the course should first discuss the grade with the course instructor. If necessary, the matter may then be pursued with the chair or Director of Undergraduate Studies of the department in which the course is offered. In exceptional cases, when the matter cannot be resolved at the department level, the student may bring an appeal to Senior Associate Dean of the College, Claire Fowler, who will act on behalf of the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing. The Committee will judge grade disputes only on the fairness or consistency of the instructor’s grading process and will not make an independent assessment of the quality of the student’s course work.
Final grades for undergraduate courses and independent work are reported at the end of each term in the following way:
A+ Exceptional; significantly exceeds the highest expectations for undergraduate work
A Outstanding; meets the highest standards for the assignment or course
A- Excellent; meets very high standards for the assignment or course
B+ Very good; meets high standards for the assignment or course
B Good; meets most of the standards for the assignment or course
B- More than adequate; shows some reasonable command of the material
C+ Acceptable; meets basic standards for the assignment or course
C Acceptable; meets some of the basic standards for the assignment or course
C- Acceptable, while falling short of meeting basic standards in several ways
D Minimally acceptable; lowest passing grade
F Failing; very poor performance
P Grades of A+ through C– in courses taken on pass/D/fail basis
Audit Satisfactory completion of required work in a course taken on an audit basis
INC Course not completed at end of term (late completion authorized)
W Student withdrew from a course after completing the ninth week of the term
YR Completion of required work in the first semester of a year-long course
A small number of courses offer students one unit of credit spread across two consecutive semesters. In these year-long courses, students receive one unit of course credit at the conclusion of the second semester. For the first semester, the student receives the grade notation of YR for the course. This notation remains on the student’s transcript, although the student’s grade in the course is determined by work completed across both semesters. For students who take the first semester of a year-long course, but do not complete the second semester, no letter grade will be recorded and no course credit awarded.
A grade of D is the minimum acceptable passing grade in all courses. There are five exceptions to this general rule: (1) most departments require at least a C average in departmental courses, and therefore a D in a departmental course or courses may lead to failure in the area of concentration; (2) the accumulation of two or more Ds in a term is regarded by the Faculty Committee on Examinations and Standing as evidence of serious academic difficulty, for which letters of academic warning or academic probation may be issued; (3) a student may be required to withdraw if the student receives two Ds while on academic probation; (4) a student who is required to repeat a term for academic reasons will not receive credit for a course in the repeated term in which the student received a D; (5) a student taking a preapproved course outside Princeton must earn at least a C to receive credit for the course.
Pass/D/Fail Option (also known as "PDF" option)
The intent of the pass/D/fail option is to encourage exploration and experimentation in curricular areas in which the student may have had little or no previous experience. The pass/D/fail option also may be used by the student in completing distribution courses. Students are permitted to elect the pass/D/fail option between the beginning of the seventh and the end of the ninth week of classes.
- As part of the regular academic program, each undergraduate may elect pass/D/fail grading in as many as four courses. Courses designated pass/D/fail only ("pdfo") do not count against this total. A spring semester senior who has completed 31 (AB) or 36 (BSE) courses at the end of the preceding fall term may be permitted to take one additional elected PDF during the spring term, with permission of the residential college dean.
- A student may elect only one pass/D/fail course per term, regardless of the number of courses in which the student is enrolled or how many pass/D/fail options the student has remaining; courses designated pass/D/fail only ("pdfo") do not count against this limitation.
- Any course, including courses to fulfill distribution requirements, may be taken pass/D/fail, with the following exceptions:
- A student's own departmental courses, as well as technical course requirements in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, may ordinarily not be taken on a pass/D/fail basis.
- Courses designated "No pass/D/fail" by the instructor may not be taken on a pass/D/fail basis.
- Courses taken outside Princeton may not be taken on a pass/D/fail basis.
- A student must declare a pass/D/fail election between the beginning of the seventh and the end of the ninth week of classes. No further changes in grading options will be permitted after 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the ninth week of classes.
At the point of declaring a concentration, students may appeal to rescind a P ("pass") grade received for a single course taken in a previous semester in order to meet a prerequisite or departmental requirement for entry. The transcript will then reflect the letter grade earned in that course. Students wishing to make such an appeal should consult with their residential college director of studies. Students entering a certificate program may also appeal to rescind a grade of P earned in a single prerequisite or required course for that certificate provided that the program requires a letter grade for entry.
Recording Grades for Independent Work in More than One Department
Students may have only one concentration at Princeton. The degree and departmental honors are granted in one department only. Under special circumstances, however, a student may receive permission to complete independent work in more than one department. A student hoping to pursue this option must have completed the prerequisites for entry into the second department, and must have both the permission of the director of undergraduate studies in the second department and the permission of the Office of the Dean of the College. Such a student may then write junior papers and a senior thesis in the second department and have that work recorded on the transcript. Such additional independent work will not count toward a student's graduation requirements. Independent work written to fulfill the requirements of a certificate program is not recorded on the transcript.
Meaning p grade
Grades are available three to five days after the last day of the quarter and may be accessed via the ctcLink Student Self-Service Portal, which goes live for students on March 26. Grade reports are not mailed.
Olympic College uses a decimal grading system. The chart below lists a letter grade for comparison purposes only; letter grades do not appear on the official transcript.
|Decimal Grade||Letter Grade|
|3.9 - 4.0||A|
|3.5 - 3.8||A-|
|3.2 - 3.4||B+|
|2.9 - 3.1||B|
|2.5 - 2.8||B-|
|2.2 - 2.4||C+|
|1.9 - 2.1||C|
|1.5 - 1.8||C-|
|1.2 - 1.4||D+|
|0.9 - 1.1||D|
|0.7 - 0.8||D-|
Note: Grades of 0.1 through 0.6 are not used.
Other Grade Designations
*: Grade Not Reported
The "*" asterisk symbol is used when the reporting of a grade is not required (i.e., a community service course), or when a grade has not been submitted to the Registrar by a faculty member in time for inclusion on a student's grade report or transcript.
The "I" grade is used to indicate that a grade has been deferred. The instructor may choose to award an "I" grade to a student who is making progress, but for reasons beyond the student's control, is unable to complete course requirements on time. To award an "I" grade, the instructor must submit an Incomplete Grade Contract to the Registration and Records Office. The instructor must specify the work to be completed ant the grade to which the "I" will revert if the work is not completed by the specified time. The "I" grade does not count for College credit, nor is it computed in the GPA.
Note: if an incomplete grade contract is not received, but an "I" grade has been assigned, the grade will appear as an asterisk (*). If the contact is not received within two quarters at the Registration and Records Office, the "*" grade will revert to a "WP".
To audit a course means to participate without evaluation. The "N" grade is not counted for college credit, nor is it computed in the GPA. To audit a course, the student must submit a form with the Registration and Records Office by the tenth instructional day of the quarter. If the course is classified as late-starting or continuous enrollment, the form must be submitted prior to twenty percent of the course being completed. Payment of regular tuition fees is required. See Audit & Pass/No Credit link at left for details.
P/NC: Pass/No Credit
For a course designated by the College as "Pass/No Credit", the grades of "P" or "NC" must be assigned. In addition, a student may select the Pass/No Credit option for a course, by submitting a "Pass/No Credit" form to the Registration and Records Office by the tenth instructional day of the quarter. For zero-credit, Adult Basic Skills and Community Service courses, a "P" or "NC grade is assigned. See Audit & Pass/No Credit link at left for details.
For credit courses, the grade of "P" may be assigned and is defined as a grade point average of 2.0 or higher. The "P" grade is not used to complete the GPA. Note: Upon transfer, some educational institutions may convert the "P" grade to a "C" for purposes of grade point average calculation.
NC: No Credit
The "NC" grade is assigned for failure to satisfactorily complete a zero-credit course, or a course designated by the College or selected by the student as "Pass/No Credit". The "NC" grade is not counted for College credit, nor is it included in the GPA.
W: Official Withdrawal
An instructor cannot assign a "W" grade. The "W" grade will automatically be assigned by the Registration and Records Office when a student officially withdraws from a course between the sixth and thirtieth instructional day of the quarter, or prior to the completion of sixty percent of the course. Except for compelling reasons, a student is not allowed to drop a course or withdraw completely from College after the thirty-first instructional day or after sixty percent of the course has been completed. Examples of compelling reasons include proof of death in the immediate family, very serious illness, injury or surgery, or unexpected and mandatory job shift or change.
WP: Discontinued Attendance--Passing
The "WP" grade may be assigned by the instructor to indicate that the student did not complete enough of the course to be graded and achieved a passing grade while in attendance. The "WP" grade is not counted for College credit, nor is it computed in the GPA.
WF: Discontinued Attendance--Failing
The "WF" grade may be assigned by the instructor to indicate that the student did not complete enough of the course to be graded and did not achieve a passing grade while in attendance. The "WF" grade is not counted for College credit, nor is it computed in the GPA.
1. Letter Grades
A+, A, A- indicates excellent performance.
B+, B, B- indicates good performance.
C+, C, C- indicates satisfactory performance.
D+, D, D- indicates less than satisfactory performance.
F indicates unsatisfactory performance (no credit: always include last date of attendance).
P indicates Pass (A-, B and C will automatically be replaced by "P" when the Pass/No Pass option has been requested. A+ and A will be recorded as "A+" and "A", not "P").
NP indicates No Pass (D+, D, D-, and F will automatically be replaced by "NP" when the Pass/No Pass option has been requested).
NC (No Credit)Note: The NC grade was eliminated as of Winter 2019.
U indicates Audit (class taken for personal enrichment).
“ I” indicates Incomplete: An Incomplete can be provided when a student has satisfactorily completed 75 percent or more of the course work as defined by the instructor, but is unableto finish the remaining required scheduled work due to circumstances beyond the student’ s control. An Incomplete grade is not used to avoid a failing grade or to address student convenience.
In general, a grade of Incomplete is to be made up within one term from the last day of the original term the course was taken,but may be extended up to one year at the discretion of the instructor. Assigning an Incomplete requires mutual agreement between the student and instructor, outlined in a contract (or written agreement) that contains the following: a description of the work to be completed, a deadline for its completion, and a standard grade that will be earned if the deadline is not met. The student is responsible for understanding the terms of the contract. The student cannot be required to register again for the Incomplete course (graded or audit) during the term of the Incomplete. At the end of the contract date, the Incomplete will convert to a standard grade as determined by the terms of the contract.;
2. Grade Points
Grades and grade points that are included in the computation of the Grade Point Average (GPA) are assigned as follows:
A+ = 4.30
A = 4.00
A- = 3.70
B+ = 3.30
B = 3.00
B- = 2.70
C+ = 2.30
C = 2.00
C- = 1.70
D+ = 1.30
D = 1.00
D- = 0.70
F = 0.00
P, NP, NC, I and U are not used to compute GPA - Note: The NC grade was eliminated as of Winter 2019.
It will always be possible for a student to earn a 4.30 GPA for the term. Pass/No-Pass, Incomplete, No Credit and Audit have no effect on the student's earned credit or GPA credit.
To compute GPA, first find the total grade points for each class by multiplying the points for the grade times the credits for the class. Then add up all the credits and all the points. The GPA is then computed by dividing the total points by the total credits (and rounding up to the nearest one-hundredth).
|BA226 Business Law||3||A-||11.1|
|PE 170 Beginning Tennis||1||B||3.00|
|Total Points divided by Total Credits equals:||3.53 GPA|
Pass/No Pass Classes
Specific classes may be offered on a Pass/No Pass basis. All such classes will have the Pass/No Pass notation placed in the note section of the term schedule and students enrolled in the class will receive either P, NP, NC or I. If a student earns an "A" in a Pass/No Pass class, the "A" is recorded on the transcript. Note: The NC grade was eliminated as of Winter 2019.
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