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, NA, DO, P, W, & AU.
    • Note #1: Undergraduate Students who are exempt from plus/minus grading may not be graded with +/- grades.
    • Note #2: All students who entered The University of Alabama before Fall Semester 1994 will be grandfathered under the previous grading system exempt from plus/minus grading.
    • Note #3: A grade of “F” is not to be awarded for non-attendance. See grade “NA” below.
  • For Graduate Students – A, B, C, D, F, I, N, NA, DO, 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" – Failed.
    • The instructor judged the student not to have satisfied the stated objectives of the course. Credit for a course in which the mark "F" has been received can be obtained only by repeating and passing the course in class.
  • "I" – 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 point-hour ratio.
    • 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 point-hour ratio. 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 “NC” means the student did not perform satisfactory for advancement to a higher level. A grade of “NC” does not affect a student’s grade point average.
  • "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.
  • "DO" – Dropped out.
    • This grade is used for students who properly register for the course, but stop attending or drop out of the class before a substantial amount of the work has been completed. When assigning a “DO” the instructor must also provide the date the student dropped out or stopped participating in course activities. In a practical sense, the last date of attendance or participation can be based on the instructor’s records of attendance, quizzes, exams, presentations, graded assignments, participation in class activities, etc. In some rare cases, an instructor may have to provide the last date of attendance or participation based on his/her best guess-estimate. If the date the student stopped attending/participating is beyond “The Last Day to Drop with a “W,” the instructor must post an “F” grade, rather than a “DO.” A “DO” may be posted on-line between The Last Day to Add/Drop and The Last Day to Drop with a “W. The DO grade is converted to a grade of W which will be notated on the transcript.
  • “NA” – Never attended.
    • This grade is used for students who properly register for the course, but never attend. A “NA” may be posted on-line between The Last Day to Add/Drop and the last day of class. The grade of “NA” is only available to be assigned after The Last Day to Add/Drop.
      • Prior to Census Date of Fall and Spring Semesters:
        • Grades of "NA" submitted after the last day to drop/add and before the official university census date will identified by a weekly report.
        • The Office of the University Registrar will drop and delete each course for which a grade of NA was assigned from the student's schedule.
        • No notation will be made on the academic transcript.
      • After Census Date of Fall and Spring Semesters:
        • Grades of "NA" submitted after the official university census date will be identified by a weekly report.
        • The Office of the University Registrar will roll the "NA" grade to academic history and the "NA" grade will appear on the academic transcript.  The "NA" grade will have the same effect on GPA as the grade of "W".
        • The class for which the grade of NA was assigned will be withdrawn effective the date the grade was assigned by the instructor.
        • All NA grades submitted during the Summer term will be processed according to the procedures listed above for NA grades submitted after the census date for the Fall and Spring Semesters.
  • “AU” - Audit
    • The student has registered for the class as an auditor, and not for credit.