University Grading System
Instructors assign a grade in each course for which the student is registered. The course instructor is responsible for correcting any error in grading.
University grades assigned to undergraduate courses are:
D- Poor, But Passing
Assigned to students who are (1) enrolled in a course all semester but fail to earn a passing grade, or who (2) stop attending a class without officially withdrawing
Assigned to students who officially withdraw from a course before the dates specified in the withdrawal policy
Assigned to students who do satisfactory work in a course which is offered only on a Credit/No Credit basis. Certain courses in the University are offered only on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis. These courses must be approved in advance by the Office of the Provost.
NC- No Credit
Assigned to students who do not do satisfactory work in a course which is offered only on a Credit/No Credit basis. Certain courses in the University are offered only on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis. These courses must be approved in advance by the Office of the Provost.
Assigned to students who earn an A, B, or C grade in a course they have elected to take under the Passing/Not Passing (P/NP) option. The Credit/No Credit (CT/NC) option was replaced with Pass/No Pass (P/NP) with the implementation of Campus Solutions in 2015.
NP- Not Passing*
Assigned to students who do not earn an A, B, or C grade in a course they have elected to take under the Passing/Not Passing (P/NP) option. The Credit/No Credit (CT/NC) option was replaced with Pass/No Pass (P/NP) with the implementation of Campus Solutions in 2015.
*Passing/Not Passing Information:
- An undergraduate student, (except a first-semester freshman), who is not on academic probation may choose to register in some courses under the option that allows the student to be graded on the basis of P (Passing) or NP (Not Passing) rather than on the basis of A, B, C, D, or F grades.
- The P/NP option is designed to encourage students to enroll in courses they otherwise would not take. Some courses, therefore, including those in a student’s major or minor, may not be taken on the P/NP option.
- Exceptions include courses in the student’s major or minor field that are offered only as Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) courses. No more than six semester hours of work under the P/NP option may be taken each semester, with a maximum of 25 semester hours under the P/NP option presented for graduation. Although an entry of P (credit earned under the option) or NP (no credit earned under the option) will be entered on the student’s record, these entries are not used in computing the student’s GPA.
- No Group 1 course in General Education may be taken under the P/NP option. If a General Education course is required by a student’s declared major, that course may not be taken P/NP; it must be taken for a grade.
- Students who plan to enter graduate or professional schools should exercise caution in taking courses under the P/NP option because courses completed on a P/NP basis may adversely affect graduate admission opportunities. Such students should consult their academic advisor prior to taking courses on a P/NP basis.
- A grade of P is recorded when the grade submitted by the instructor is A, B, or C. A grade of NP is recorded when the grade submitted by the instructor is D or F.
- Students electing the P/NP option should do so as part of the regular registration process. Students may not elect the option after the tenth day of classes in the semester. Students who have elected the P/NP option may return to the letter basis of grading before the last date for withdrawing from a course, as specified on the Office of the University Registrar’s website.
An incomplete (I) will be assigned to a student who is doing passing work but finds it impossible, because of reasons beyond her or his control (such as illness), to complete the required work by the end of the term. The student must have attended class to within three weeks of the close of the semester or to within one week of the close of the summer session.
The instructor may specify the time by which the required work must be completed, which may be no later than the final class day of the corresponding term of the following academic year. For graduating students, an incomplete grade must be removed at least six weeks before December or May commencement or two weeks before August graduation. Students will not be allowed to graduate with an incomplete on their record.
The instructor should assign the Incomplete (I) grade during grade reporting for the term. The faculty member should determine and communicate to the student the date by which the remaining coursework must be completed. Once the student completes the remaining work, the instructor must submit a Grade Change Form to the Registrar’s Office. If there is no submission of the appropriate Grade Change Form within one year of the assigned Incomplete grade, the Incomplete grade will lapse to an F. Exceptions to this policy may be granted by the University Registrar.
Important considerations: A class taken under the audit option does not count toward a degree; it does not count toward full-time student status for financial aid and other purposes, nor does it count toward total hours enrolled in determining registration priority. Students auditing a class will be charged all applicable tuition and fees. An auditor is expected to attend regularly. A student may register as an auditor in a class or classes if space is available. To audit, a student must obtain a Request for Auditor Registration form from the Registrar Service Center, request the instructor sign it and return the signed form to the Registrar Service Center by the published deadline.
Assigned when no grade has been received from the instructor after the grade submission deadline has passed.
Grade Point Average
In calculating major and cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), the grade point equivalents are 4 for A, 3 for B, 2 for C, 1 for D, and 0 for all other grades. The 0 value of F is computed in the student’s GPA, the 0 value of grades I, AU, CR, NC, P, NP, M, and WX is not computed in the student’s GPA.
To be eligible for graduation, a student must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 (C) in all courses taken at Illinois State University for which grades of A, B, C, D, F are assigned. Certain majors may require a higher GPA for graduation. State licensure requirements in education majors mandate that no course in which a student receives a grade below a C can be used to fulfill a student’s required coursework in the program. Failures are considered in the total number of semester hours taken in computing the GPA.
The following table illustrates how grade points are counted to determine the GPA.
|Course||Grade||Semester Hours Enrolled||Semester Hours Earned||Semester Hours for GPA||Grade Points|
The GPA is computed by dividing grade points earned by semester hours counted for GPA. In the case above, a GPA of 2.66 is calculated by dividing 24 (total grade points) by 9 (semester hours for GPA). Grades of WX, P, NP, CR, I, and NC do not affect the GPA.
Students in a bachelor’s degree program are classified as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. A student must have completed 30 semester hours to be classified as a sophomore, 60 hours to be classified as a junior, and 90 hours to be classified as a senior. Students not working toward a degree at Illinois State are listed as Unclassified Students.