Grade & Credit Point System
The following grades are considered in computing semester or cumulative grade averages. Plus and minus grades are computed in cumulative averages effective First Semester 1977-78. Repeated courses or hours with a grade of F are counted when computing grade averages but do not count toward the earned hours required for degrees.
|A+||(4.0 Pts.)||B+||(3.3 Pts.)||C+||(2.3 Pts.)||D+||(1.3 Pts.)|
|A||(4.0 Pts.)||B||(3.0 Pts.)||C||(2.0 Pts.)||D||(1.0 Pts.)|
|A‑||(3.7 Pts.)||B-||(2.7 Pts.)||C-||(1.7 Pts.)||D-||(0.7 Pts.)|
|WF||Withdrawn Failing (0 Pts.) (Discontinued First Semester 1977 78)|
|F||Failing (0 Pts.)|
Beginning Fall 2021, per the ACA-66 Grades and Grading Policy, the historical FX and Extended-X policies were succeeded by an X (retaken/replaced) policy. Under the revised policy, both enrollments in the course remain on the record, but only an "X" is recorded on the transcript for the original course.
Courses that were retaken under the conditions of the "FX Policy" (effective First Semester 1976-77 through Fall 2021) or the "Extended-X" (effective 1994 through Fall 2021 Retaken Course/GPA Exclusion) Policy are noted with an "X" following the letter grade. Under these policies, both enrollments in the course and their grades remain on the transcript. These letter plus "X" grades may or may not be excluded from academic program credit hours and grade point averages depending on the policy of the student's primary program. Historically, only some Indiana University programs have honored the Extended-X Policy.
Additional Grade Values
The grades in the table below are not considered in computing semester or cumulative university grade point averages.
|AU||Audit No credit (Discontinued 1965)|
|AX through DX||(Including plus and minus grades) Denotes a graded course taken under the Extended-X Policy (effective Fall 1994) (See Retaken/Replaced Explanation above).|
|CF||Credited on Certificate (Discontinued 1965)|
|DF||Deferred (Discontinued 1965; Treated as Incomplete)|
|E||Conditional (Discontinued 1965; Treated as Incomplete)|
|EX||Exemption (Discontinued 1965)|
|FX||Denotes a course originally failed and subsequently retaken during or after First Semester 1976-77. (See Undergraduate GPA exception above).|
|I||Incomplete (Effective First Semester 1977-78, automatically changed to F after one calendar year; See also grade of R.)|
|NC||No Credit (Established 1971); replaced AUDIT (AU)|
|NR||No Report Submitted by Instructor (Used for unreported grades for prior semesters or coursework that has not been graded for the current semester)|
|NY||Used to signify enrollment in a special program for which credit when earned will be shown as an ADDITIONAL entry on the permanent academic record.|
|O||Denotes an Incomplete in a course taught through Purdue University.|
|P||Passed (pass/fail option). The pass/fail option permits graduate and undergraduate students to enroll in a course and receive a grade of P or F. Pass/fail option courses are normally limited to electives. The responsibility of approval, as well as special regulations affecting the option, rests with the dean of the student's school or division under procedures which the school or division establishes. Instructors are not notified of undergraduate students registering for this option. A grade of P cannot subsequently be changed to a grade of A, B, C, or D.|
|R||Deferred (Effective First Semester 1977-78, used for course work which can be evaluated only after two or more semesters such course work was previously graded with I.)|
|S||Satisfactory (entire class graded S or F) |
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, faculty policies allowed the awarding of an S grade instead of a standard letter grade in Spring Semester 2020.
|T||Denotes credits transferred from another institution.|
|W||Withdrawn Passing (Prior to Second Semester 1974-75, used to indicate withdrawal while passing. Effective Second Semester 1974-75, used to reflect students who withdraw while passing after the official Drop and Add Period.)|
|X||Pre-1965, denotes Passed Without Grade (Treated as Satisfactory) |
Beginning Fall 2021, denotes a retaken/replaced letter grade (See Retaken/Replaced Explanation above).
Grade Values for Use During Final Grade Entry
Faculty Council Policies require instructors to indicate unofficial (unauthorized) withdrawals(UFC, March 20, 1999) when submitting final grades at the end of the term. The following values are available via both the faculty SIS grade rosters and the eGrade Change system as appropriate.
FN – Student stopped attending at some point in the term, has not officially withdrawn, and has not earned sufficient scores to pass the course. The last documented date of class attendance or participation must be included on the roster. The FN value will be reflected on the academic record as F.
FNN – No documented evidence that student ever attended the class. No date should be provided. The FNN value will be reflected on the academic record as F.
For more information, please see Grade of FN/FNN.
University Faculty Council policy expanded the set of grades allowed for academic misconduct to include all letter grades rather than just I or F (April 27, 2021). The SIS final grade roster includes a column to indicate that the grade was awarded as a result of academic misconduct and may not be replaced via grades' forgiveness policies.
The grade reflected on the academic transcript will show no indication of academic misconduct.
Grade of W or F following the Automatic W Deadline
Classes dropped after the first week of classes will be assigned a grade of W through the designated Automatic W deadline. After the Automatic W deadline for the class (see Official Calendar or Non-Standard Session Dates for class deadlines), a grade of W or F must be assigned by the instructor when signing the paper drop request form. Instructors cannot assign a grade of W through the faculty grade roster in One.IU.
Context Grade Report
At the conclusion of each term, a Context Grade Report is available for download in a print-ready format via the website grades.indiana.edu for all students enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington.
The IU GPA reflects the student's GPA according to standard university-wide rules. The Semester IU GPA, as well as a cumulative to date IU GPA, are calculated at the end of each semester. The overall IU GPA summary statistics are reflected at the end of each student career level.
The Student Program GPA is calculated according to the rules determined by the student's academic program as of the DATE ISSUED date, which appears in the upper left hand corner. This GPA is subject to change whenever the student changes program. The cumulative Program GPA statistics are based on the student's last active program at that career level.
Context Grade Information
On the Context Grade Report, the Context Grade and Grade Distribution information for each class in which a student was enrolled appears on the Context Grade Report to the right of the course title.
Index and Instructor
If at least five students received a GPA grade (A+ through F) in a section, an index will appear beneath the course grade on the Context Grade Report. This index indicates the number of students in the course who received the same grade or higher compared to the total number of student in the section who received GPA grades. Asterisks will be displayed in this area if the student received a non-GPA grade, if fewer than five students in the class received GPA grades, or if the student's grade was received or changed after the Context Effective Date (the date on which context information for the semester was compiled).
Explanation of Statistics
The Context Grade Report provides the Context Effective Date, the Grade Distribution, Class GPA, Percentage of Majors, and Average Student GPA for each section. This information is not provided if fewer than five students were enrolled in the course section, or if GPA grades were awarded and fewer than five students received GPA grades.
Grade Distribution shows the number of students in the course section receiving each of the possible grades that can be awarded.
Class GPA is the average of all GPA grades awarded in the course section. It is calculated by totaling the credit point for all GPA grades awarded in the section and dividing by the total number of GPA grades.
The Percentage of Majors is the percentage of students in the course section whose major school (or major department for the College of Arts and Sciences or University Graduate School students) matches the school or department offering the course.
The Average Student GPA is calculated by averaging the record GPAs of all students enrolled in the course section at the time the grade context information is compiled. The GPA level used for each student is the student's GPA level (undergraduate or graduate). Grades awarded for the semester displayed are included in this calculation.
Small Class Size Notation
Students enrolled in sections where fewer than five GPA grades were awarded will not receive detailed Grade Context information for those sections. Instead, the Grade Distribution portion of the Context Grade Report will display the message: *NOT AVAIL/SMALL CLS* and all other grade context fields will be marked with a N/A notation.
In addition to the student Context Grade Reports, grade distribution and context data is also available for querying via the web at gradedistribution.registrar.indiana.edu. Historic grade distribution results are available from 1994 to the end of the most recently completed academic term and searchable by instructor name, academic department, course and individual class section.
Course Numbering System
Prior to 1950: Courses numbered 200 and above are upper division.
|Lower Division||100 through 299|
|Freshman||100 through 199|
|Sophomore||200 through 299|
|Upper Division||300 through 499|
|Junior||300 through 399|
|Senior||400 through 499|
|300 through 999 (The University Graduate School)|
|500 through 999 (Other graduate division except for certain ensemble courses in Music)|
Credit hours for courses numbered 000 through 099 do not apply to the total hours required for an Indiana University degree. However, enrollment in and satisfactory completion of such courses may be required for completion of a degree program.
Credit System and Calendar
The Indiana University calendar is based on the semester system. A standard semester contains at least 15 weeks of instruction, including final exams. Summer sessions vary in length. In all cases, the usual 3 credit lecture class meets for a minimum of approximately 2000 minutes, excluding the final examination period.
Good Academic Standing
For University certification purposes, an undergraduate student with a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or above or a graduate student with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or above is considered to be in good academic standing.
Plus and Minus Grade History
Plus (+) and minus (-) grades prior to First Semester 1977-78 were not available to undergraduate students. Although plus and minus grades for graduate students enrolled in certain schools may be printed on the record, they are not calculated as plus and minus grades in the cumulative averages prior to First Semester 1977-78. Effective First Semester 1977-78, plus and minus grades printed on the record are included in both graduate and undergraduate cumulative averages. Two levels of cumulative averages may be calculated on the record: the undergraduate summary reflects all courses taken by the student while enrolled as an undergraduate; the graduate summary reflects all courses taken by the student while enrolled as a graduate.