Student Grades

Grading Options and Definitions
Detailed grading options and definitions are below the table.

A 4.0 Excellent/Superior 
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0 Good/Better than Average
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0 Competent/Average
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0 Minimum Passing
P Passing (Under the Pass/Fail option, grades of D- and above covert
to a P. Other specified courses may also be graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)
NC No Credit Desired
IP In Progress
I Incomplete
W Withdrew

When registering for courses, letter grading (A, B, C, D and F) is the traditional method for credit and grading and offers the credit that is listed with the course. Most courses at CU are taken with this option. However, you can also select from the following credit and grading options:

  • Pass/Fail: Courses taken on a pass/fail basis are NOT noted on class rosters or final-grade lists, nor are instructors notified that you are taking the course pass/fail. You are assigned a grade for the course. A grade of D- or above is converted to a P; an F remains an F. Only the F is calculated as part of your GPA; a grade of P is not counted. Check with your college or school for the restrictions on the number and types of courses that can be taken pass/fail.
  • No Credit: You pay full tuition for a no-credit course, but you do not receive a grade. An NC appears on your transcript in place of a grade. No-credit courses do not count toward full-time enrollment for financial aid purposes. Check with your college or school for policies on no-credit status and how it may be used.
  • Variable Credit: All independent study courses and some regular courses are offered on a variable-credit basis (that is, they have a range of minimum and maximum credits). When you register via the Web for a variable credit course, enter the number of credit hours you want to receive for the course when prompted. The number of credits can be changed at the Office of the Registrar during the registration and drop/add periods.

NOTE: After the deadline you must contact your dean's office (Arts & Sciences, contact the Academic Advising Center, Woodbury 109) to request changes.

Final Grades

Final course grades appear in MyCUInfo immediately after being posted by the faculty member. The grading process does take several days; so all grades will not appear on your record at the same time. Final grades should appear on your transcript generally 2–3 weeks after your last final exam for the term. If you are still missing grades by this date, know that departments are aware of the problem and trying to contact faculty on your behalf. However, your best option is to contact the instructor directly. Student GPAs are not accurate until all grades are entered for the semester.

If you think there has been an error on one of your class grades, contact your instructor directly.

Parental Access to Student Grades and Records 

Students must authorize parental access to their grades and other non-directory information by filling out the FERPA Student Permission Form. Authorized parents may then complete a Transcript Order Form and include a letter requesting a copy of the transcript, the designated password established by the student, any payment (if applicable) and the parent contact information. These may be mailed, faxed or hand delivered to our office.


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