What does my grade mean?*
Since fall 1996 the university has used the following system of grading to indicate the
level of individual student achievement. Each letter grade has a quality point value assigned
for the grade achieved. The quality point value is assigned to each letter grade as follows:
A 4.0 Superior performance
B 3.0 Good performance
C 2.0 Adequate undergraduate performance; minimal performance in courses
applicable to graduate degree
C- 1.7 Courses graded C- or below will not count toward graduate degree
D 1.0 Poor performance
F 0.0 Failing (formerly E)
The grades of CR, HW, I, IP, LW, M, N, NC, P, Q, R, W, Y, YW, or Z have no quality point value.
Other Grade Designations
Music practice courses, some field experiences, internships, independent study in the
Albers School of Business and Economics, some graduate courses, and other courses so
designated by individual departments are graded only credit (CR) or fail (F). When passed
with the minimum acceptable standard of D- on the undergraduate level and C on the
graduate level, the course will be graded CR and credit will be granted. There will be no
effect on the grade point average. Should the student fail to satisfy the instructor’s minimal
expectations, the course will be graded F and will be included in the computation of the
grade point average. Schools/Colleges may have a higher grade standard for what constitutes a CR (credit). Consult the appropriate school/college handbook for this information.
The CR/NC grading mode is reserved for undergraduate credit by examination. Minimum
achievement level for receiving credit is C. Neither CR nor NC affects the grade point average.
See Credit by Examination section of the Undergraduate Catalog.
HW—Hardship Withdrawal (Policy 75-22)
Hardship withdrawals are granted for the death or catastrophic illness of a family member,
an incapacitating illness and/or injury to the student, or when extraordinary and unanticipated
circumstances prevent the student from completing all courses. The dean or dean’s
designee will require that the student provide documentation to support his or her request.
There is no effect on the grade point average. Tuition refund follows the regular refund policy.
Financial aid recipients are advised to check with Student Financial Services before requesting
a hardship withdrawal because this action may negatively affect financial aid.
I—Incomplete (Policy 97-3)
A temporary grade indicating that work in the course was acceptable, although a critical
portion of it was not completed because of illness or other serious circumstances beyond
the student’s control. The I grade is not counted in the credits earned or used in the grade
point average computation. The I grade may not be used for the convenience of the faculty
member or student. When the instructor assigns an I grade at the end of a term, a provisional
grade must be submitted that will be automatically assigned by the registrar if the
deadline expires without student action. This provisional grade is calculated to include all
work completed up to the date of final attendance plus a failing grade for work/examinations
the student did not complete. If no provisional grade is submitted, the registrar will assign
an ‘F’ once the ‘I’ deadline expires. Once a degree has been posted, removal of an
I grade is not permitted. The deadlines for removing the “I” grades appear in the University
An “IP” is the symbol used on the academic transcript to indicate the current quarter’s
LW—Petitioned Late Withdrawal (Policy 75-22)
Each student is limited to three LW grades as an undergraduate and three at the
An “M” is the symbol used on grade reports to inform a student that a grade has not been
received from the instructor.
N—No Grade (Policy 75-19)
A grade used for courses in which the coursework is not scheduled for completion until
after the quarter closes, e.g., thesis or research courses. Each student is responsible
for arranging with the instructor to remove the N grade per the schedule outlined in the
University Academic Calendar. Once the closing date has passed, re-registration and payment
of regular tuition is required to obtain credit for the work completed. Once a degree has
been posted, removal of an N grade is not permitted.
Grade assigned when credit by examination has been attempted and student did
not achieve acceptable performance level of at least C. There is no effect on the grade
P/F - The P grade is assigned when a student successfully completes an undergraduate
course after electing the pass/fail grading option for a general elective course. Failure to
achieve at the minimum D- level results in a grade of F, which will affect the grade point
average. See Pass/Fail option below.
Q—A Suspended Grade
For doctoral project/dissertation work-in-progress at the 600 level only. The Q grade must
be removed within the six-year limit for all the degree coursework. Once the six-year limit
has expired, the Q becomes permanent and the student must re-register for the course, paying
regular tuition to obtain credit for the work completed.
R—Doctoral Research or Mandatory Registration
Indicates registration in a required non-credit doctoral research or mandatory registration
course. This is a permanent grade that does not effect the grade point average.
W—Withdrawal (Policy 75-22)
A course for which no credit is given. Not available for course numbers 500-999.
Student registered as an auditor but did not attend through end of course.
Z—Administrative Withdrawal (Policy 75-22)
Grade assigned by the Office of the Registrar when it can be documented that a student has registered
for a course, stopped out, or never attended the class and did not officially drop the course according
to university policy. There is no effect on the grade point average. (This option is no longer offered)
*Not accurate for the Seattle University Law School