Grading System

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Undergraduate Grading System


The following grades are used for undergraduates (additional plus/minus grades were introduced starting Summer 2017 and are noted in more detail on this page):

Grade Symbol Definition Grade Points Per Credit Hour More Info

A

Excellent.

4

more info
(for A-)

B

Good.

3

more info
(for B+ & B-)

C

Satisfactory.

2

more info
(for C+ & C-)

D

Poor.

1

more info
(for D+)

F

Failure.

0

WF

Failure.  For students who did not officially withdraw from class, but ceased attending, and failed to complete requirements for the course.

0

more info

P

Pass. Used only in Pass/Fail system.

more info

PR

Work in Progress.

more info

W

Authorized withdrawal.

INC

Incomplete.

more info

AU

Audit.  No grade or credit earned.

more info

UAU

Unsatisfactory Audit.

more info

CR

Credit.  For certain proficiency, past work experience, or past occupational education.

NR

Grade not yet recorded by instructor.

more info

NS

No Show.  Student failed to show up for the class (and will soon be removed from it).


Those grades listed above with values in the Grade Points Per Credit Hour column are included in determining a student's grade point average (GPA).  Information on how to determine a GPA is available here.

The Graduate Grading System is here (and also includes plus/minus grades starting Summer 2017).  The Law Grading System is here.

See also information about grade changes, course repeats, and grade appeals.

SIU Carbondale has used a semester hour system since Fall 1974.  (More information about semester credit hours is here.)  From 1930 through Summer 1974, a quarter hour system was in use.  (One quarter hour is equivalent to ⅔ of a semester hour, while one semester hour is equivalent to 1½ quarter hours.)