Undergraduate and graduate courses on the UMD campus have two main grading bases: A-F or S/N.
Choosing your grade basis
Some courses can only be taken A-F or S/N. But in many cases, you can choose your grade basis when you register. Be aware that you cannot take major courses with an S/N grading basis, unless a particular course required by your major is only offered with an S/N grading basis. Contact your collegiate academic adviser if you have questions about when you can take a course S/N.
Changing your grade basis
You can change your grade basis through the second week of the term using the Web registration system.
You will take most courses on an A-F grade basis. Courses graded A-F follow the scale below.
|A||4.000||Represents achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements|
|B||3.000||Represents achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements|
|C||2.000||Represents achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect|
|D||1.000||Represents achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements|
|F||0.000||Represents failure and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I (see Section C). The F carries 0 grade points and the credits for the course do not count toward any academic degree program. The credit hours for the course will count in the grade point average.|
S/N means "satisfactory" or "nonsatisfactory." This is the University's scale for classes you take "pass/fail."
|S||Not calculated||Represents achievement that is satisfactory, which is equivalent to a C or better. The S grade will not carry grade points but the credits will count toward the student's degree program if allowed by the college or program.|
|N||Not calculated||Represents no credit and signifies that the work was either (1) completed but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit or (2) was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an I (see criteria for I grade). The N carries no grade points and the credits for the course do not count toward any academic degree program. The credit hours for the course do not count in the grade point average.|
Additional grade symbols
Depending on your circumstances, you may also receive these grade symbols. Some professional programs have additional grade notations. Contact your program office for details.
|I||Not calculated||(Incomplete) assigned at the discretion of the instructor when, due to extraordinary circumstances, e.g., hospitalization, a student is prevented from completing the work of the course on time. Requires a written agreement between instructor and student|
|K||Not calculated||assigned by an instructor to indicate the course is still in progress and that a grade cannot be assigned at the present time|
|NG||Not calculated||no grade required|
|NR||Not calculated||no grade reported|
|V||Not calculated||registration as an auditor or visitor (a non-grade non-credit registration)|
|X||Not calculated||reported by the instructor for a student in a sequence course where the grade cannot be determined until the sequence is complete – the instructor is to submit a grade for each X when the sequence is complete|
|W||Not calculated||entered by the registrar’s office when the student officially withdraws from a course after the second week|
Read the University policy for complete details
For the University's complete policy related to grading see the University's Grading and Transcripts policy.