Grading Policy

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The University of Washington Tacoma uses a numerical grading system at both the graduate and undergraduate levels of instruction.

Standard grading system for undergraduate students

At the undergraduate level, instructors may report grades from 4.0 to 0.7 in 0.1 increments and the grade 0.0. The grade 0.0 is assigned for failing work or if a student does not officially withdraw.

Note: Grades in the range 0.6 to 0.1 may not be assigned. Grades reported in this range will be converted by the Office of the Registrar to 0.0.

Undergraduate Grading Scale

Numerical grades may be considered equivalent to letter grades as follows:

LETTER GRADE NUMBER GRADE NOTE

A

4.0 – 3.9  
A- 3.8 – 3.5  
B+ 3.4 – 3.2  
B 3.1 – 2.9  
B- 2.8 – 2.5  
C+ 2.4 – 2.2  
C 2.1 – 1.9  
C- 1.8 – 1.5  
D+ 1.4 – 1.2  
D 1.1 – 0.9  
D- 0.8 – 0.7 Lowest passing grade
E 0.0

Academic failure

No credit earned

Reminder: Grades in the range 0.6 to 0.1 may not be assigned.

Grading system for graduate students

At the graduate level, instructors may report grades from 4.0 to 1.7 in 0.1 increments. Grades below 1.7 are recorded as 0.0 by the Registrar and do not count toward residency, total credit count, or grade and credit requirements. A minimum grade of 2.7 is required in each course that counts toward satisfying the Graduate School requirement for 18 hours of coursework numbered 500-700 at the master's level. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for graduation. Numerical grades may be considered equivalent to letter grades as follows:

Graduate grading scale

Letter grade Numerical grade
A 4.0 – 3.9
A- 3.8 – 3.5
B+ 3.4 – 3.1
B 3.0 – 2.9
B- 2.8 – 2.5
C+ 2.4 – 2.1
C 2.0 – 1.7
E 1.6 – 0.0

The following letter grades may also be used:

N   In Progress - An "N" grade carries with it no credit or grade until a regular grade is assigned. It indicates that the student is making satisfactory progress and a final grade will be given at the end of the quarter the work is completed. Used only for Thesis, research and hyphenated courses (courses not completed in one quarter) and graduate courses numbered 600 (Independent Study or Research), 601 (Internship), 700 (Master's Thesis) and 800. An N grade indicates that satisfactory progress is being made, but evaluation depends on completion of the next segment.

X   No grade has been turned in.

I   Incomplete - An incomplete is given only when the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work within two weeks of the end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student's control.

For undergraduate students: To obtain credit for the course, a student must successfully complete the work by the last day of the next quarter in residence. (Students should never re-register for the course as a means of removing the Incomplete.) An Incomplete grade not made up by the end of the next quarter will be converted to the grade 0.0 by the Registrar unless the instructor has indicated, when assigning the Incomplete grade, that a grade other than 0.0 should be recorded if the Incomplete work is not completed. The original Incomplete grade is not removed from the permanent record. An instructor may approve an extension of the Incomplete removal deadline. Such an extension must be received, in writing, at the Office of the Registrar, not later than the last day of the quarter following the quarter in which the Incomplete grade is assigned. Extensions, which may be granted for up to three additional quarters, must be received before the Incomplete has been converted into a failing grade. In no case can an Incomplete received by an undergraduate be converted to a passing grade after a lapse of one year.

For graduate students: To obtain credit for the course, a student must successfully complete the work and the instructor must submit a grade. In no case may an Incomplete be converted into a passing grade after a lapse of two years. An incomplete received by the graduate student does not automatically convert to a grade of 0.0 but the "I" will remain as a permanent part of the student's record.

S   Satisfactory - Is a grade for courses taken on a satisfactory/not satisfactory basis. The grade of S is not computed in the grade-point average calculation.

For undergraduate students, an S grade is automatically converted from a numerical grade of 2.0 or above. For undergraduate students, an S grade is automatically converted from a numerical grade of 2.0 or above. Undergraduate students may elect this option only for fee electives and cannot be used to satisfy a university, college, campus or department course requirement. A maximum of 20 credits of S/NS grades may be applied to an undergraduate degree. 

A graduate student, with the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator or Supervisory Committee Chairperson, may elect to be graded S/NS in any numerically-graded course for which he or she is eligible. If a student does not so elect, then he/she will be graded on a numerical basis. If approval is granted the student must elect the S/NS option either when registering or no later than the end of the seventh week of the quarter. The instructor shall submit a numeric grade to the Registrar, who shall convert grades of 2.7 and above to S and grades lower than 2.7 to NS.

NS   Not Satisfactory  - Is a grade for courses taken on a satisfactory/not satisfactory basis. For undergraduate students a grade less than 2.0 is converted to NS. For graduate students a grade less than 2.7 is converted to NS. NS is not included in the grade-point average calculation. No credit is awarded for courses in which an NS grade is received.

CR   Credit awarded in a course offered on a credit/no credit basis only or in courses numbered 600, 601, 700, 750, and 800 - The minimum performance level required for a CR grade is determined, and the grade is awarded directly, by the instructor. CR is not computed in the GPA calculations.

NC   Credit not awarded in a course offered on a credit/no credit basis only or in courses numbered 600, 601, 700, 750, and 800 - The grade is awarded directly by the instructor and is not included in a GPA calculations.

W   Official withdrawal or drop from a course after the fourteenth calendar day of the quarter through the seventh week -  to be followed by a number representing the week in which the course was dropped. An official withdrawal is not computed in GPA calculations. Students who do not officially drop a course(s) will receive a grade of 0.0. For DL-suffix courses that do not follow the quarter schedule, the grade W shall be assigned to any course dropped after the fourteenth calendar day after the start of the course and more than two weeks before the end of the maximum term for completion of the course, as specified at the time of registration. The date of withdrawal shall be noted on the transcript.

HW   Hardship Withdrawal - Grade assigned when an undergraduate is allowed a hardship withdrawal from a course after the seventh week of the quarter. It is not computed in grade-point average calculation, and no credit is earned.

Nontraditional Grading Options

Credit/No Credit-Only as a Course Option

With appropriate departmental review and approval, a course may be offered on a credit/no credit-only basis. The standard for granting credit in credit/no credit-only courses under this option is the demonstration of competence in the material of the course to the instructor's satisfaction.

Satisfactory/Not-Satisfactory Grading Option

You may elect to take certain courses on a satisfactory/not satisfactory (S/NS) basis.

When registering through Personal Services on MyUW, select the Grade Option box to select S/NS grading option. The S/NS grade option can be elected through the day shown on the academic calendar for the current quarter. NO EXCEPTIONS. A $20 fee is charged beginning the eighth calendar day of the quarter.

Students may only register for up to 20 credits of S/NS through Personal Services on MyUW. 

As an undergraduate, a course in which an S is earned may not be used to satisfy any department, college, or University requirement, except that the credits may be applied to the minimum of 180 credits required for graduation. Each instructor will report numerical grades to the Registrar, who will convert satisfactory grades (2.0 or greater) to S, and unsatisfactory grades (less than 2.0) to NS for the student's transcript. No more than 25 S/NS credits may apply toward an undergraduate degree.

If you are a graduate student and earn grades of 2.7 or above, you will receive a grade of S while 2.6 or below are recorded as NS. With the approval of your graduate program advisor or the Supervisory Committee Chairperson, you may elect to take any course for which you are eligible outside of your major academic unit on an S/NS basis.

In cases of withdrawal, the W is recorded. Neither S nor NS is included in the grade-point average.