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Grading Policies

The College follows the Common Grade Policy for the University. The following marks are used for undergraduate courses (the number weight assigned to each grade for computation of grade point averages (GPA) is listed in parentheses when applicable): A (4.0), A- (3.7), B+ (3.3), B (3.0), B- (2.7), C+ (2.3), C (2.0), C- (1.7), D+ (1.3), D (1.0), F (0.0), I, P, NGR, and W. The marks A, B, C, D, and P are passing marks and confer course credit. The mark F indicates unsatisfactory work and does not confer credit. A grade of F may not be subsequently changed, except when entered in error by the instructor or the registrar.

College Grading Overview

More information about University grading policies can be found on the Registrar’s website.

The grades A through F are known as quality grades and carry a specific weight in calculating official grade point averages (GPA). These averages are regularly calculated to determine Dean's List, academic probation, and general honors. They may influence awards like Phi Beta Kappa and departmental honors. Note that College students who take a course at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business may receive an A+ grade according to the Chicago Booth grade system, but will receive 4.0 grade points in the College grade system for that Chicago Booth course. For College students, other Chicago Booth grades convert to grade points according to the College scale above. 

NOTE: Only grades for University of Chicago courses are calculated into a student's GPA. Grades from advanced standing (transfer courses) do not contribute to the GPA. Grades from off-campus study abroad or domestic programs do not contribute to the GPA unless the courses are listed on the transcript with University of Chicago course numbers.

Students who wish to receive a passing grade rather than a quality grade have one option open to them: Pass/Fail (P/F). Students considering P/F grading should consult with their College adviser early in the quarter because this option is subject to conditions and restrictions. Whether a course with a grade of P can be counted toward a student's degree depends on how it is to be used in the student's program. All general education courses must be taken for quality grades and most courses satisfying requirements in the major must be taken for quality grades. However, some majors permit a limited number of P marks. For P/F grading, the student and instructor reach an informal agreement, at the discretion of the instructor and according to departmental policy, before the instructor submits a grade for the course; no action is required by the student's adviser.

The P grade indicates that the student has submitted sufficient evidence to receive a passing grade. As some departments give credit only for a grade of C- or higher, students should establish with the instructor what constitutes passing work. A mark of P may not later be changed to a quality grade, and a quality grade may not be changed to a P. Although the P confers course credit, it is not calculated in the GPA. Students who do not pass a P/F course receive an F which counts as a zero in the calculation of the GPA.

The “W” (Withdrawn) grade means that the student has decided after Week 3 of the quarter not to complete the work of the course. Students who wish to exercise this option must request a W from their adviser by the Friday of 10th week or the day before the final project/exam is due, whichever is earlier. When made before the deadline, a request for a withdrawal cannot be denied except in cases of academic dishonesty. A withdrawal may not be granted after completion of the course.

Once a student requests a W, it may not subsequently be changed to any other mark. W grades do not confer grade or impact GPA; however, they will count against the completion rate needed to maintain good academic standing (see Academic Review below).

Students who register for graduate-level courses are subject to the policies governing graduate grading. Students should discuss the implications of these policies with their advisers before registering for courses numbered 30000 and above. NOTE: Grades earned in graduate-level courses contribute to a student's GPA as indicated earlier in this section.

The mark “I” (Incomplete) is intended for a student who has not completed the requirements of a course before the end of the quarter but who has made satisfactory arrangements with the instructor to complete the remaining work, completed the majority of the requirements of the course with work that is of a passing quality, and participated actively in the course. The student must submit the request for an Incomplete to the instructor before the end of the course. Approval to complete work late is at the discretion of the instructor and/or according to departmental policy. 

The student is also responsible for completing and submitting an official Incomplete Form, which must be obtained from the student’s College Adviser and turned into the registrar’s office by Friday of the first week of the following quarter. After this point, students who are otherwise qualified for an incomplete may petition the Dean of Students in the College for approval to arrange the Incomplete.

Incompletes must be finished within a period of time agreed upon between student and instructor. In the absence of a specified due date, the work must be completed within one year. In the interim, an I will appear in place of a grade. When the course is completed, the I notation will remain on the academic record alongside the student’s final grade, indicating that the work was completed outside the course’s standard timeframe. The I notation does not affect the final grade or impact GPA; however, they will count against the completion rate needed to maintain good academic standing (see Academic Review below). Students with compelling reasons for the Incomplete may petition the Dean of Students in the College to remove the I from the transcript.

An incomplete does not confer grade or impact GPA; however, they will count against the completion rate needed to maintain good academic standing (see Academic Review).

If the course work has not been completed within the specified time period and an extension has not been granted, the student will receive a W unless the instructor indicates a specific grade on the Incomplete Form.

The mark “NGR” (No Grade) is entered on the student’s grade report by the registrar’s office when the instructor has failed to submit a final grade for a student. The NGR may be resolved by submission of a final grade or a formal Incomplete form. If neither has been submitted by Friday of the first week of the following quarter, the NGR will be converted into a W. After this point, students who are otherwise qualified for an Incomplete may petition the Dean of Students in the College for approval to arrange the Incomplete.

When a final grade is submitted to replace a NGR, that grade will be entered on the academic record with an I notation, indicating that the work was completed outside the course’s standard timeframe. That "I" may be removed only if the instructor states that the student’s work was completed on time or if the student successfully petitions the Dean of Students in the College.

The intermediary NGR should not be interpreted as an informal Incomplete or as a way to avoid an I on the transcript. Rather, students are strongly urged to protect themselves against misunderstandings and missed deadlines by arranging for an official Incomplete if one proves necessary.

Degree-seeking students whose cumulative grade point averages are 3.25 or above for an academic year (in which they have completed a minimum of nine courses with at least seven quality grades) are placed on the Dean's List for that year and their official transcripts are marked accordingly. Students are only considered for Dean’s List once all of their grades for the academic year have been recorded. A determination is made each year on the basis of grades available in the registrar's office after July 1. For more information please visit the College Catalog.

General Honors

The notation “Degree [BA/BS] in the College with General Honors [major] awarded [date]” appears on the transcripts of students who have earned an overall grade point average of 3.25 or above when they graduate from the College.

Departmental/Program Honors

The notation “Degree [BA/BS] in the College [major] with Honors awarded [date]” appears on the transcripts of students who have earned departmental/program honors. The requirements for such acknowledgment are individual to each program.

Note: Only grades for University of Chicago courses are calculated into a student’s grade point average. Grades from transferred courses do not contribute to the GPA. Grades from off-campus study abroad or domestic programs do not contribute unless the courses have University of Chicago course numbers. It is likely that graduate schools will consider all grades, regardless of origin and whether they are computed by the College into the overall grade point average.

Good Academic Standing

In each quarter of registration students must complete, on time, 300 units of course credit with passing grades and with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Academic Probation

A student who fails to meet this minimum requirement will ordinarily be placed on academic probation for the following quarter. Academic probation is a formal sanction but is not permanently notated on the official transcript.

Students on academic probation are expected to complete, on time, 300 units of course credit with passing grades in the next quarter of registration, and with a minimum GPA of 2.0. At the end of that quarter, students who improve and meet those minimums will be returned to good standing.

Academic Suspension

For any student who fails to meet the minimum requirements while on Academic Probation, that student will ordinarily be asked to leave the College for a period of time, usually at least one year.

If a student fails to complete, on time, a minimum of 300 units of course work and also fails to attain a GPA minimum of 2.0 in the same quarter, the student may be immediately suspended regardless of whether the preceding quarter was satisfactory.

Students are not permitted to transfer in coursework from another institution taken during the period of suspension.

NOTE: W grades and incompletes do not confer credit or impact GPA; however, they will count against the completion rate needed to maintain good academic standing.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid

Students on financial aid who fail to meet the completion rate (75 percent of registered courses) and GPA requirements and/or fail to complete nine courses lose their eligibility for financial aid. See the Office of College Aid.

For the purpose of determining eligibility to participate in varsity sports, all students eligible to register are considered to be in good standing.