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Grade Notations and Definitions

Undergraduate and first professional level students will be assigned grades in keeping with the following provisions. (Graduate policies for graduate students are defined in the Graduate School Catalog.)

You can learn how to calculate your GPA, by clicking here.

Grade Description Point
A Outstanding work, highly meritorious 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B Very good but not outstanding, better than average 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C Average, standard performance 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D Barely passing but counts towards graduation 1.0
F Failure. Will count in the grade point average. Must be repeated with a satisfactory grade to receive credit toward graduation. Also, an F is a default 0.0 grade when an instructor doesn't report a grade. 0.0
FW Did not complete the term and Failing for a letter graded course (Student's official transcript will only show the 'F' grade; however, Banner and insidePacific transcript will display these new grades for internal purposes) 0.0
I Incomplete work due to extenuating and hardship circumstances which prevent the completion of the work assigned within the regular time of the term. Each incomplete grade assigned must be accompanied with a contract statement agreed to by both instructor and student as to:
  1. What work remains to be completed
  2. How it is to be evaluated
  3. A time indicated for completion within but no later than the following deadlines: for fall semester, by July 1 following; for spring semester, by November 1 following; for summer term January 1 following.
If work is not completed within these stipulated times as outlined on the contract, the instructor may wish to indicate a grade in lieu of the F or NC which automatically would be imposed with failure to complete the work. All incompletes must be made up before graduation if the student intends to complete the course.
P Passing work on the Pass/No Credit System. (See explanation below.)
Approved only for certain courses and programs of a college or school.
N Deferred grading. 0.0
NC no credit recognition. Represents unsatisfactory work under pass/no credit option. Not assignable in the Conservatory of Music. 0.0
NG No grade received from the instructor. 0.0
NCW Did not complete the term and receiving No Credit Recognition for a Pass/No Credit course. (Student's official transcript will only show the 'NC' grade; however, Banner and insidePacific transcript will display these new grades for internal purposes)
W Authorized withdrawal from courses after the prescribed period (since 2/1980). 0.0


Pass/No Credit Grading System

Depending upon the regulation of a particular college or school, students may request to receive pass or no credit grades rather than the traditional letter grades. This is available to encourage enrollments in courses outside the student's area of major or specialization and thus to help broaden the student's general education.

Normally this freedom is limited to one course per student per term and does not include courses within a student's major field. You can obtain Pass/No Credit Grading form, in person, at the Office of the Registrar. The form must be submitted prior to the deadline for adding classes.