Final Grades

Final grades are reported by the faculty to the Office of the Registrar no later than 72 hours after the end of final examinations. Final grades are recorded on the student's academic record by term. Academic standing and honors are based on final grades. After the final grades are reported by the faculty, students can view their grades on insideND. Since the Fall 2003 semester, final grades have not been mailed unless requested. If special circumstances required a paper copy of term grades, a request form must be completed and sent to the Office of the Registrar.

Grading scale information prior to 1988 is available in PDF format.

The information listed below applies to undergraduate, graduate, and graduate business students. Quality point values below the lowest passing grade for the student’s school (undergraduate, graduate, graduate business) are calculated as 0.000. Detailed information pertaining to interpretation and processing can be found in the documents below:

The Current Grade Scale is as follows:

A 4.000
A- 3.667
B+ 3.333
B 3.00
B- 2.667
C+ 2.333
C 2.000 Lowest passing grade for graduate students
C- 1.667 Lowest passing grade for graduate business students
D 1.000 Lowest passing grade for undergraduate students
X 0.000
I 0.000
F* 0.000

Grades which may be assigned but which are not included in the computation of the grade point average are as follows:

Satisfactory work (courses with zero semester credit hours, as well as research courses, departmental seminars or colloquia or directed studies; workshops; field education and skill courses).
Unsatisfactory work (courses with zero semester credit hours, as well as research courses, departmental seminars or colloquia or directed studies; workshops; field education and skill courses).
Auditor (graduate students only).
Discontinued with permission. (See UG Code 3.39, GR Code 4.3 and GB grading)
Pass in a course taken on a pass-fail basis. (See UG Code 3.3.10 and 3.3.11)
Not reported. Final grade(s) not reported by the instructor due to extenuating circumstances.

If a GPA is not calculated for a recent semester, it is likely due to a missing grade. Once the grade is recorded, a GPA will be calculated and an academic standing for the term will be posted.

The information listed below lists the interpretation of the Academic Code by the Office of the Registrar. Italicized information is published in the duLac, and the appropriate Academic Codes.

Quality Points for each course are calculated as follows: (Only those grades listed above are calculated into the GPA.) (quality points representing letter grade) x (credit hour value of the class) = quality points earned

John Smith earns an A in a 3 credit hour course. 4.000 x 3 cr. hrs. = 12.000 quality points.

To calculate the semester G.P.A.:
(sum of quality points for each class) / (sum of credit hours attempted) = semester GPA

To calculate the cumulative GPA:
(total quality points from all terms) / (total credit hours attempted from all terms) = cumulative GPA

F*/NR Grades

The “F*” grade is assigned by the Office of the Registrar when no grade is assigned by the instructor for an active student. Possible reasons for the F* grade being assigned include (but are not limited to): a students failure to drop a class, student attending the incorrect section of a course, or adding a class incorrectly at registration. A student receiving an F* should contact the instructor of the class.

A grade of "NR" is normally assigned when an instructor does not report grades for an entire class. A student receiving an “NR” grade should contact the instructor of the class.

X grade (Undergraduates Only)

An "X" grade is "given with the approval of the student's dean in extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student"(Academic Code, Section 3.3.8) when the student’s work is incomplete at the end of the term. The "X" grade remains on the student's record until 1) the "X" is changed to a letter grade by the instructor, or 2) the grade is changed to a grade of “F” thirty (30) days into the next active semester, immediately following the term in which the "X" grade was assigned.

Given with the approval of the student’s dean in extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student. It reverts to “F” if not changed within 30 days after the beginning of the next semester.

I grade (Graduates Only)

An “I” grade can only be issued for graduate, graduate business, and law students and indicates incomplete work in a class. The "I" is calculated into the GPA as equivalent to a grade of "F." Please refer to the student Academic Code.

Incomplete (reserved for advanced students in advanced studies courses only). It is a temporary and unacceptable grade indicating a failure to complete work in a course. The course work must be completed and the “I” changed according to the date policies listed in the student Academic Code.

Pass/Fail and S/U Grades

Some classes are offered on a pass/fail basis and undergraduate upper classmen can opt to register in such a class on a pass/fail basis. A class graded as pass/fail is not counted in the “hours attempted” calculation, but is counted in the hours completed total if the student receives a satisfactory grade.

A junior or senior, with permission from their academic dean, may within the first six class days, request to register in an elective class, which is outside of the student’s major and is not required by the student’s program on a pass/fail basis. This decision is irrevocable. For undergraduates, grades of “A” through “D” are considered passing and result in a grade of “P.” For graduate and graduate business students, a passing grade is any grade between an “A” and “C.” A grade considered failing by the student’s school (undergraduate, graduate, or graduate business) is issued a final grade of “F.”

Each junior or senior undergraduate may file with their dean during the first six class days of the semester the decision to take one elective course, outside the student’s major department and not required by the student’s program, per semester on a pass-fail basis. Such a filing is irrevocable and will result in conversion by the registrar of the instructor’s final grade report into an entry of P (“pass”) or F (“fail”) on the student’s record. The instructor will not be informed that the student has elected the pass-fail grading option. The registrar will interpret the final grades of “A” through “D” as “pass.” If a final grade of “F” is issued, it will be computed into the student’s grade point average.

Pass-fail courses do not count toward the number of graded credits for a semester, which may affect a student’s ability to attain Dean’s List honors, as twelve graded credit hours are required to be considered eligible for Dean’s List honors.

An “S” or “U” grade is typically issued in a zero or one credit hour course (labs, research classes, departmental seminars or colloquia, directed studies, workshops, field education, skill courses, etc.). An “S” grade is given to those students who meet the requirements of the course as set by the department or the instructor. A “U” is issued for failure to meet the course requirements.

W grades

A grade of "W" is assigned when a student drops a class after the drop/add deadline, or when the student completely withdraws from the University. Classes graded “W” are not totaled in the GPA hours attempted or GPA hours earned.

If you have any questions, please contact Dianna Beirne (574) 631-6050.