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Grading System (Fall 2016 to Present)
GradeDescriptionPoints per credit
A-4.00
A--3.67
B+-3.33
B-3.00
B--2.67
C+-2.33
C-2.00
D-1.00
FFailure0
F0Failure based on non-attendanceN/A
PSatisfactory (Pass)N/A
EMDepartmental ExaminationN/A
INIncompleteN/A
AUAuditN/A
WWithdrew from course N/A
WAAdministratively withdrawn N/A
WIWithdrew from the University N/A
+National / International
Student Exchange Credit 
N/A
UUnsatisfactoryN/A
SSatisfactoryN/A
DRDropped CourseN/A
NCNo Credit EarnedN/A
NGNo grade assigned by
instructor (system generated)
N/A

Grading systems from Fall 1975 to Summer 2016. For grades Fall 1972 to Summer 1975 contact OneStop.

 

College of Law Grading System (Fall 2002 to Present)
GradeDescriptionPoints per credit
A-4.00
A--3.67
B+-3.33
B-3.00
B--2.67
C+-2.33
C-2.00
C--1.67
D-1.00
FFailure0.00
F0Failure 60% Requirements0.00
AFAdministrative FailN/A
AUAuditN/A
AWAdministrative WithdrawalN/A
INIncompleteN/A
NRNot reportedN/A
PPassN/A
WIWithdrew from TermN/A

 


Glossary

  • Grading Option

    Each Academic Unit is responsible for determining a course’s grading option. Courses may be offered for a letter grade (A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, F) or Pass/Fail (P for pass or F for fail). Courses offered with a grading option (OP) allow students to choose a letter grade or a Pass/Fail grade. The grading option must be indicated at the time of registration and may not be changed after the Add/Drop period. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

  • Audit (AU)

    Audited courses are part of a student’s official academic record and will be recorded on the transcript. These courses do not count towards total credits earned nor do they affect the student’s GPA. Audited courses are assessed tuition based on the current fee schedule. Students wishing to audit a course (AU) must obtain written permission from the instructor on departmental letterhead. Students have until the end of the Add/Drop period to request a course to be audited. Once a course has been requested as an audit, the grading option may not be changed. There are no exceptions to this deadline.

  • Variable Credits

    For certain courses, the student has the option to decide how many credits he/she would like to enroll in. This is called a variable credit class.

  • Late Drops (DR)

    Courses dropped after the official Add/Drop Period are recorded on the transcript with a grade of “DR” (dropped). Students are financially liable for all courses dropped after the Add/Drop period.

    Learn more about dropping classes.

  • Withdrawals (WI)

    A withdrawal grade (WI) is assigned if the student wishes to drop all courses for a particular semester or withdrawal from the university after the Add/Drop period. The Academic Calendar contains the appropriate semester deadlines for completing a withdrawal with a 25% refund of tuition and for completing a withdrawal without refund of tuition. Students who wish to obtain a withdrawal grade should visit the Office of the Registrar to obtain the Withdrawal Form. This form must be completed in full and signed by several departments, including but not limited to, the Office of Financial Aid, the Office of Student Financials, and the Library. International students and Veterans are required to obtain additional signatures before the Withdrawal Form can be returned to the Office of the Registrar for processing.

    Learn more about withdrawing from classes.

  • Incomplete Grade (IN)

    An incomplete grade (IN) is a temporary symbol given at the discretion of the instructor for work not completed due to serious interruption, not caused by the student's own negligence. Students receiving an incomplete grade must complete the appropriate coursework within two semesters (including summer). If coursework is not completed in this time frame, the incomplete grade (IN) will automatically default to a failing grade (F). Students should not re-enroll in the same course to make up the incomplete grade. To change an incomplete grade, the student should speak directly to the course instructor to have the appropriate documentation submitted.

    If a student receives an incomplete grade and has applied for graduation at the end of the term, he or she must complete the incomplete grade prior to the conferral of the degree. The Graduation Office begins to confer degrees on the day grades are released and continues within the timeframe given to them by the State of Florida. If the student does not complete the incomplete with the established timeframe, the student’s graduation will be denied and he or she will need to apply for graduation for the following term.


Change of Grade

If a student believes that he or she received the wrong grade for a course, the student should speak to the course instructor first. If there was an error in the grading roster, the course instructor will be responsible for initiating action to update the grade for the student. Change of grade requests must be approved by the course instructor, the College or School’s Dean’s Office, and may require additional approval from the Provost’s Office if the change of grade is for a course that was not taken within the last 12 months.

If students do not see a grade posted on their transcript they should contact their professor, as the professor would be the ones approving/submitting the grade the student earned in the class.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for

P(Pass) and NC (No Credit) Grades for Spring 2020

 

Options:  = eligible;  = not eligible  

Original Grade
NC
P
F
D
C
C+
B-
B
Advisor Approval
B+
Advisor Approval
A-
Advisor Approval
A
  • When do I make the choice to change my grades to P (Pass) or NC (No Credit) for Spring 2020?

    After grades post on April 30th, you will have until May 11th, 2020 at 11:59pm to “opt-in” to grades of P (Pass), NC (No Credit).

  • How do I make my choice to change my grades?

    This will be through an electronic process when you log-in to your MyFIU student account home page, there will be a “request grade change.” You will receive additional information soon on the process.

  • If I am a freshman eligible to receive automatic NC grades at the end of the term, will I now have to opt in?

    NC grades will not be automatically entered for Spring 2020.  You will need to opt-in to available NC or P grade options. 

  • What options do I have if I received an F?

    Grades of F can be changed to NC grades.  The NC grades will not impact your GPA.  NC grades will be considered attempted credits but will not be considered as earned credits.

  • If I received an F, am I eligible to receive a P grade?

    No.  F grades do not have the option of a P, only NC.

  • What options do I have if I received a D?

    Grades of D can be changed to P grades.  The P grade that replaces a D will not impact your GPA.  Grades of P that replace D grades will count as both attempted and earned credits.  P grades that replace Ds will not meet prerequisite requirement of C or better or graduation requirements that require a C or better.

  • What options do I have if I received a grade of C or C+?

    Grades of C or C+ can be changed to P grades.  The P grade that replaces a C or C+ grade will not impact your GPA; will count as both attempted and earned credit; and will meet prerequisite requirements of C or better. The P grade that replaces a C or C+ grade will not meet prerequisite requirements of B or better.  Students who choose the P to replace a grade of C or C+ will not be able to retake the course without getting permission from their advisor.

  • What options do I have if I received a grade of B- ?

    Grades of B- can be changed to P grades.  The P grade that replaces a B- grade will not impact your GPA; will count as both attempted and earned credit; and will meet prerequisite requirements of C or better. The P grade that replaces a B- grade will not meet prerequisite requirements or graduation requirements of B or better.  Students who choose the P to replace a grade of B- will not be able to retake the course without getting permission from their advisor.

  • What options do I have if I received a grade of B or higher?

    Grades of B or higher cannot be replaced with P grades or with NC grades.  Your advisor can work with you if you have extenuating circumstances.  Please make an appointment to speak to your advisor about your grades before the end of the period to change grades: May 11th, 2020.

  • What if I am in the Honors College and choose a P grade for my class(es)?

    As an Honors College student you must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 for satisfactory academic standing and to graduate as an Honors College student.  We suggest that you speak to your advisor and/or the Honors College prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options. Honors courses are also eligible for the P grade option, but we recommend you speak to your Honors College Advisor regarding any IDH course grade changes prior to grades posting.

  • Will the new grade of NC or P show on my transcripts?

    Yes, the new grades will be reflected on your transcripts.  They will be accompanied by a notation that the grade was selected as a result of COVID 19.

  • If I chose the P grade, how will that impact my GPA?

    The P grade will not impact your GPA.  It will count as attempted and earned credit.   

  • If I chose a P for a class that is a prerequisite for another class, will that allow me to enroll in the subsequent class?

    If a C or better is required to fulfill the prerequisite, only a P grade that is replacing a C grade or higher will fulfill the requirement.  If the original grade received was a D, the P grade will not fulfill the requirement. 

    If a B or better is required to fulfill the prerequisite, the P grade to replace a B- or lower will not fulfill the requirement.

  • If I chose the P grade, can that course be used for the UCC? For a requirement for my major? For an elective?

    UCC: If the original grade received was a C or higher, the P grade will fulfill any requirement that requires a C or better.  If the original grade received was a D, the P will not fulfill any requirement that requires a C or better (Gordon Rule, Gordon Rule with Writing).  Not all UCC courses require that you attain a C or better, although some UCC courses may serve as both UCC and major requirements.  To fulfill the major requirement, the original grade would need to be high enough to fulfill that requirement.  Please check with your advisor to see if the course in question could be completed with the P grade.    

    Major Requirements: You will need an original grade of C or better to complete most major requirements.  If your original grade was a D, changing the grade to P will not complete those requirements.  It is best to check with your advisor to determine if the P will work based on the original grade you received.

    Electives: If the elective in question would be fulfilled with a D grade, then the P grade would most likely fulfill that requirement.  If the elective requires a C or better to pass, then the P grade would only work if your original grade was a C or higher. Please check with your advisor to see if the course in question could be completed with the P grade.

  • If I chose the P grade, can I retake the course?

    If the course is noted in the catalog as a repeatable course, yes.  If the course is not noted as repeatable, you will only be able to repeat the course if your original grade was a D.  To retake a course for which you originally earned a C or better, you would need to get permission from your advisor.  

  • If I already have 4 NC grades, can I still opt to change my F to an NC?

    Yes, the NC grades received for Spring 2020, due to the COVID-19 emergency, will not count towards your limit of 4 NC grades. 

  • Am I required to consult with my advisor prior to making my choice?

     While it is not required that you consult with your advisor, it is advisable that you work with your advisor prior to making your choice.  Your choices will have GPA implications and could impact your progress to graduation and/or financial aid renewal eligibility.  We suggest that you speak to your advisor and the OneStop prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options.  Soon after grades post, you will receive an email with instructions on making your choices.

    If you are a graduate student you must consult with your Graduate Program Director prior to making your choice to avoid any possible delays in the completion of your degree.

  • Will I have the option to change my grade in all my classes – even my online classes?

    Yes, you can opt to change the grade in your course to P or NC as applicable regardless of the original modality of the course.

  • Will I be able to change the grade in the classes I took in Spring A?

    No, those classes ended and were graded prior to the COVID 19 emergency.  Only classes for Session B (2nd 7 weeks), Session C (full 16 weeks), and dynamically dated classes that are/were still on-going, as of March 12, 2020 or later. 

  • Will choosing the P or NC grade affect my financial aid?

    Spring 2020 financial aid will not be impacted by choosing a P or NC grade as aid has already been disbursed.  For Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) and for Bright Futures renewal requirements, P grades will count as both attempted credits and earned credits.  NC grades will count as attempted but not earned credits and thus may impact future aid.

  • Will choosing the P or NC grade cause me to incur Excess Hour Charges?

    Both the NC grade and the P grade are considered attempted credits and will count towards the total course credits for the purpose of Excess Hours.  Please check with your Excess Credit Counter or consult with your advisor to determine if you are in danger of accruing Excess Hours.

  • Am I allowed to choose which classes I can receive P/NC for? Or do I have to change them all?

    You can choose the NC or P grade option for each course individually as applicable.  P for any course in which you earned a D, C, C+, B-, B, B+, or A-; NC for any course in which you earned an F.

  • What if I opt to change my grade and then change my mind?

    Once you select an option, and the May 11th, 2020 deadline has passed, you cannot make a change.  This is an option for a limited time and not reversible. 

  • Who do I contact for help? What if I cannot get into contact with my advisor?

    If you are an undergraduate student and are having a problem reaching your undergraduate advisor, please contact ACS@fiu.edu
    If you are a graduate student, please contact the Graduate Program Director for your program.

  • Does my advisor file this? Or do I?

    While it is advisable that you consult with your advisor prior to making your choice, you will initiate the change.  We suggest that you speak to your advisor prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options.  Soon after grades post, you will receive an email with instructions on making your choices.      

  • If I plan on transferring my course to another institution, will they accept the P or NC grade?

    An NC grade is “no credit” and therefore does not transfer.  Depending on the institution you plan to attend, the P grade may transfer, you should check with your future institution to confirm.

  • How will the P or NC grade impact my ability to get into a Graduate Program?

    Since admissions to graduate programs differ, it is best to speak to the Graduate Program Director or Graduate Admissions Office for the program you are considering prior to making your choice.

  • If I am considering Medical School, Dental School or another health-related professional school, should I choose the P or NC grade option?

    Typically, health professional programs require a C or higher earned on pre-requisite coursework.  A consensus has been voiced by health programs that many will be flexible in accepting a P grade for the spring 2020 semester. FIU cannot guarantee that every health professional program will accept a P grade and schools may require justification from students on the selection of a P. Health professional programs will NOT accept an NC and students who select an NC grade in place of an F will need to retake the course. The Office of Pre-Health advising will offer special group advising sessions this semester through Zoom conferencing to answer pertinent questions.

  • If I am in a graduate certificate program and I choose the P or NC grade, will this impact my ability to obtain the Certificate?

    If you are in a graduate certificate program consult with the program director prior to choosing anything other than the letter grade you receive in the course.

    If you choose P in a course, that course will not contribute to the GPA. If you complete all the required certificate courses successfully (i.e. “P” or a passing letter grade, and your GPA is 3.0 or above), then you will earn the certificate. 

  • If I am a master’s student who was admitted conditionally and will complete my 9 credit milestone this term, can I choose the P option for a course that originally was letter graded? Will the P suffice to meet the condition for full admission?

    You can choose the P option but the P will not suffice for you to meet the condition for full admission. If you are reaching the 9 credit milestone this term and elect to have a P in one or more of the courses and this is your third term in the program, you will be able to maintain your conditional admission status for one more term to obtain the required 3.0 GPA for full admission. If you are completing more than 9 credits this term and will meet the 3.0 GPA condition with a subset of the courses you are taking, your condition will be met and you can be fully admitted even if you elect to have a P in one of the courses beyond the 9 credits.

  • If I am an international student, should I choose to change my grade?

    If you are worried about your international student status if you happen to opt for the Pass/NO Credit Earned choice, USCIS has established that

    “…full course of study requirements can be waived as a direct result of the impact from COVID-19” (March 26 Update)

    So, although we would highly advise you to remain within the regular grading option, if you have a circumstance related to the COVID-19 situation and you have discussed the possibility with your academic advisor, you may opt for the new P or NC alternative. Also, please be reminded that ISSS only responds to immigration-related questions, all academic/GPA inquiries should be directed to your academic advisor.

    Once you have discussed your decision with your academic advisor, if you still have questions about how this may impact your visa status ALWAYS ask ISSS! And ALWAYS read our immigration updates, because this policy may change in the future.

  • If I am a student athlete, should I choose to change my grade?

    Student-athletes must contact their SAAC Academic Coordinator prior to making a decision.  Your choices will have GPA implications that could impact your NCAA progress to degree and/or ability to receive Financial Aid.  We suggest that you speak to your Academic Coordinator and the FIU Office of Athletics Compliance prior to grades posting so you can discuss the implications of the options.  Soon after grades post, you will receive an email with instructions on making your choices.       

  • Will choosing a P affect my ability to graduate with the academic honors of Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude?

    P grades will have no impact on students’ GPA and as such will not contribute to the total number of grade points students earn.  Prior to choosing the P grade, you should work with your advisor to calculate how your choices will affect your ability to reach the minimum GPA requirements and minimum number of grade points needed for those honors (Summa Cum Laude requires an earned cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher; Magna Cum Laude requires an earned cumulative GPA of 3.7 – 3.899; Cum Laude requires an earned GPA of 3.50-3.699).”To graduate with the above honors, the student must have completed a minimum of 40 semester hours of coursework at FIU for which grade points (Pass/Fail does not apply) are earned at the university.” – Undergraduate Catalog, p.57.

  • I am currently a dual enrollment student, do I qualify to opt-in for the P/NC grade?
    No, a letter grade must be assigned to coursework conducted by FIU dual enrollment for on-and off-campus students. This is in alignment with Florida Statute 1007.271, (20), which states:  “A postsecondary institution shall assign letter grades to each student enrolled in a dual enrollment course. The letter grade assigned by the postsecondary institution shall be posted to the student’s high school transcript by the school district.”  FIU defines letter grades as “A” to “F” and, as such, the dual enrollment program will be exempt from the Spring 2020 two alternative grading options (i.e., Pass [“P”] and No Credit Earned [“NC”]
  • Will choosing a P affect my ability to make the Dean’s List?

    P grades will have no impact on students’ GPA.  Prior to choosing the P grade, you should work with your advisor to calculate how your choices will affect your ability to reach the minimum GPA requirements to make the Dean’s List (Any fully admitted undergraduate student who earns a semester average of 3.5 or higher on nine or more semester credit hours of coursework for which grade points are earned is placed on the semester Dean’s List.  This achievement is noted on the student’s permanent academic record).

     

  • Examples:

     Students taking General Chemistry 1 in Spring who receive F:

      • Students who need to take General Chemistry 2, can choose the NC option to remove the impact of the F from their GPA. The NC grade, like the F, would be counted as attempted but not earned credits.  The students would need to retake General Chemistry 1 and receive a grade of C or higher before they could take General Chemistry 2.
      • Students who realize that they no longer want to be in a major that requires General Chemistry (English for example) could still choose the NC grade option. They would still need to take a Natural Science course to fulfill the UCC requirements. Their advisors can help direct them to appropriate science courses.
    • Students taking General Chemistry 1 in Spring who receive D:
      • Students who need to take General Chemistry 2 could choose to take a P to remove the impact of the D from the GPA but they would need to retake General Chemistry 1 before moving on to General Chemistry 2
      • Students who realize that they no longer want to be in a major that requires General Chemistry (English for example) could take the P to remove the impact of the D from the GPA. They would not need to retake the General Chemistry 1 course since the D will fulfill the UCC Natural Science requirement (Group 1).
    • Students taking General Chemistry 1 in Spring who receive C, C+, B-:
      • Students who need to take General Chemistry 2 could calculate the impact of the C, C+, or B- on their GPA. If removing that grade would help their GPA, they could choose to change to the P grade.  They would not need to retake General Chemistry 1.  They could enroll in General Chemistry 2. Their advisor can assist with making the GPA determination.
      • Students who realize that they no longer want to be in a major that requires General Chemistry (English for example) could still choose to change to the P to remove the impact of the C, C+, or B- grade to their GPA if that is beneficial. The General Chemistry class with either the C or above or the P would fulfill the UCC Natural Science requirement (Group 1)
  • How can I opt-in to Pass/No Credit?

    Please follow this guide. Please note this guide is geared towards Undergraduate and Graduate students. If you are a College of Medicine or College of Law student please contact your respective College for assistance and available grading options.

Last updated: May 6, 2020