UA Grade Terminology

The official grades of the university are as follows:

  • For Undergraduate Students and Law Students – A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- , D+, D, D-, F, NC, I, N, P, W, & AU.
  • For Graduate Students – A, B, C, D, F, I, N, NC, P, W, & AU.

These grades shall have the following point values and meaning:

  • A+ [4.33], A [4.00], A- [3.67]
    • The instructor judged the student to have satisfied the stated objectives of the course in an excellent manner. The student's performance was judged to be in this range of high quality based upon a comparison with other students in the course, and/or with students who have taken the course previously, and/or the instructor's personal expectations relative to the stated objectives of the course, based on the instructor's experience and expertise.
  • B+ [3.33], B [3.00], B- [2.67]
    • The instructor judged the student to have satisfied the stated objectives of the course in an above-average manner. The student's performance was judged to be in this range of above-average quality based upon a comparison with other students in the course, and/or with students who have taken the course previously, and/or the instructor's personal expectations relative to the stated objectives of the course, based on the instructor's experience and expertise.
  • C+ [2.33], C [2.00], C- [1.67]
    • The instructor judged the student to have satisfied the stated objectives of the course in an average manner. The student's performance was judged to be in this range of average quality based upon a comparison with other students in the course, and/or students who have taken the course previously, and/or the instructor's personal expectations relative to the stated objectives of the course, based on the instructor's experience and expertise.
  • D+ [1.33], D [1.00], D- [0.67]
    • The instructor judged the student to have satisfied the stated objectives of the course in a low but acceptable manner. The student's performance was judged to be in this range of below average but acceptable quality based upon a comparison with other students in the course, and/or with students who have taken the course previously, and/or the instructor's personal expectations relative to the stated objectives of the course, based on the instructor's experience and expertise.
  • "F" [0.00] – Failed
    • A grade of "F" may be assigned for one of the three reasons explained below.  No matter which reason is selected by the instructor, all grades of "F" are calculated into a student's GPA and are reflected on the transcript simply as an "F".  Credit for a course in which the mark "F" has been received can be obtained only by repeating and passing the course.
      • Earned: Based on the evaluation of the student's work throughout the semester, the instructor has determined that the student failed to meet the stated objectives of the course.
      • Never Attended: The student did not attend a single class meeting or, in the event of online/distance learning courses, the student never participated in or contributed to the class.
      • Stopped Attending: The student stopped attending class during the semester and failed to return or resume participation.  A "Last Attend Date" is required and should reflect the last documented class attendance or participation.  Examples of documented attendance may include presence in class or during exams, completion of assignments, and/or participation in computer-assisted instruction.
  • "I" [0.00] – Incomplete.
    • An "I" indicates that the student has completed a major portion of the work in the course in a satisfactory manner, but for reasons judged by the instructor to be legitimate, a portion of the course requirements remains to be completed.
    • The student must complete the work so that the instructor of the course may report the final grade at the earliest possible time.
    • As soon as the incomplete work has been made up, the instructor or in the case of the instructor's absence from the university, the department chair shall submit a Grade Change. Until such time as a final grade is recorded the credit for the mark "I" shall be treated as an “F” for the purpose of calculating a student’s GPA.
    • A student who has received the grade "I" should not be permitted to repeat the course in which such grade was received until such time as the "I" has been removed.
    • For undergraduate students, one year following the assignment of an “I” grade, that grade will be changed to a grade of “F.” For graduate students, the grade of “I” will remain on the student’s record indefinitely until a Change of Grade request is submitted.
  • "N" – No grade reported.
    • This grade is assigned by the Office of the University Registrar when an instructor fails to submit a grade, and shall be treated as an “F” for the purpose of calculating a student’s GPA. Instructors are expected to submit a Change of Grade to an appropriate grade at their earliest convenience.
  • “NC” – No credit.
    • In all freshman composition courses and introductory math courses the following grades may be reported: “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” and “NC” (“No Credit”). A grade of “C-” is required in freshman composition and introductory math courses and is a prerequisite for advancement to a higher English or math course at The University of Alabama. A grade of “NC” may be assigned for one of the three reasons explained below. A grade of “NC” does not affect a student’s grade point average.
      • Earned: Based on the evaluation of the student's work throughout the semester, the instructor has determined that the student failed to meet the stated objectives of the course.
      • Never Attended: The student did not a single class meeting or, in the event of online/distance learning courses, the student never participated in or contributed to the class.
      • Stopped Attending: The student stopped attending class during the semester and failed to return or resume participation.  A "Last Attend Date" is required and should reflect the last documented class attendance or participation.  Examples of documented attendance may include presence in class or during exams, completion of assignments, and/or participation in computer-assisted instruction.
  • "P" – Pass.
    • A grade of “P” is assigned for satisfactory performance and does not affect the grade point average; however, a grade of “F” is computed in the grade point average.
    • For a course that is not graded pass/fail by default, a student who is in good academic standing may request permission to receive a grade of “P” (“Pass”) or “F” (“Fail”) for a course, instead of the conventional “A+,” “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “D-,” or “F.”
    • Use of the pass/fail option is subject to the following regulations:
      • The student must be a sophomore, junior, or senior with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to use the pass/fail option.
      • Only elective courses may be taken pass/fail.
      • A maximum of four courses or 12 credit hours (whichever comes first) may be taken pass/fail while a student is earning an undergraduate degree.
      • Only one course each fall semester, spring semester and summer term may be taken pass/fail.
      • Once the deadline to add a course has passed, a student may not rescind the decision to take a course with the pass/fail option.
      • A transfer student must have completed at least 15 credit hours at The University of Alabama with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher in order to use the pass/fail option.
    • These rules apply only to courses for which the student elects the pass/fail option; courses that are offered only on a pass/fail basis are exempted.
  • "W" – Withdrawn.
    • This grade is used for students withdrawing from one or more courses or from the university.
  • “AU” - Audit
    • The student has registered for the class as an auditor, and not for credit.