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Grading Policies

The following grading system is used in computing the grade point average:

Grade Grade Points
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D 1.0
F 0
X 0 (Failed to earn credit: missed final examination)
Y 0 (Failed to earn credit: work incomplete)

The following notations are ignored in computing the grade point average:

P Pass with credit
N No grade, no credit
K In progress
T Transfer grade
S Satisfactory: noncredit course
U Unsatisfactory: noncredit course
W Withdrawn by permission

Pass/No Credit (P/NC)

The P (pass) or N (no credit) options allows full-time students to explore fields beyond the areas of their specializations without concern about grade point average.

Incomplete Course Work

At the end of a semester a grade of  X or Y will be given if the instructor believes the student has a reasonable chance of passing the course by taking an examination or turning in the required work, or both. Students should contact Academic Affairs for regulations concerning X and Y grades.

If a grade of X or Y is to be changed and credit established, the deficiencies must be made up before the end of the next semester in which the student is in residence in any school of Northwestern, or within one year after the course was offered if the student is not in residence, or credit is forfeited.

A notation of K must be resolved before graduation. An unresolved K will be changed to Y and the grade point average recomputed.

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