Grade Value Explanation

Grade Value Explanation

Grade & Credit Point System

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.

Grade Points Grade Points Grade Points Grade Points
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WF Withdrawn Failing (0 Pts.)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.)

Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) exception

Courses that have been retaken under the conditions of the Extended-X (Retaken Course/GPA Exclusion) Policy are noted with an "X" following the grade. Under this policy, both enrollments in the course and their grades remain on the record, but the enrollment of the "X" graded course is excluded from the university credit hour totals and grade point average (IU GPA). This "X" grade may or may not be excluded from the program credit hours and grade point average (Student Program GPA) depending upon the policy of the student's primary program.

Additional Grade Values

The grades in the table below are not considered in computing semester or cumulative university grade point averages.

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    Grade Explanation
    AU Audit No credit (Discontinued 1965)
    AX through DX (Including plus and minus grades) Denotes a graded course taken under the Extended-X Policy (See Undergraduate GPA exception 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 Passed Without Grade (Discontinued 1965; Treated as Satisfactory)

Grade Values for Use During Final Grade Entry

Faculty Council Policies require instructors to indicate instances of academic misconduct (BFC, April 4, 2006) and/or 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 grade rosters and the eGrade Change system as appropriate.

I* (I with an asterisk) – Academic misconduct matter pending that may impact student’s final grade. The I* value will be reflected on the academic record as I.

F* (F with an asterisk) – Instructor has assigned this grade to the student as the sanction for academic misconduct. (The sanction imposed for academic misconduct was a failing grade in the course). The F* value will be reflected on the academic record as F.

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.

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 or Oncourse.

Context Grade Report

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 for all students enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington.

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    Context Grade Report

GPA Statistics

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.

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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.

Context Grade Report example for small class size

Grade Distribution

In addition to the student Context Grade Reports, grade distribution and context data is also available for querying via the web at 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.

Courses & Academic Standing

Course Numbering System

Prior to 1950: Courses numbered 200 and above are upper division.

Since 1950:

Undergraduate Courses
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
Graduate Courses
Graduate Division
  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.