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Grade Basis

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.

A-F grading

You will take most courses on an A-F grade basis. Courses graded A-F follow the scale below.

Grade Grade points Definition
A 4.000 Represents achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements
A- 3.667  
B+ 3.333  
B 3.000 Represents achievement that is significantly above the level necessary to meet course requirements
B- 2.667  
C+ 2.333  
C 2.000 Represents achievement that meets the course requirements in every respect
C- 1.667  
D+ 1.333  
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 grading

S/N means "satisfactory" or "nonsatisfactory." This is the University's scale for classes you take "pass/fail."

Grade Grade points Definition
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.

Grade Grade points Definition
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
NG Not calculated no grade required
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.