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Grading System

Find out about the UC San Diego grading system, the value of grade points, and how to interpret grades.

Grade Grade points per unit Interpretation
A+, A, A- 4.0, 4.0, 3.7 Excellent
B+, B, B- 3.3, 3.0, 2.7 Good
C+, C, C- 2.3, 2.0, 1.7 Fair
D 1.0 Poor (Barely Passing)
F 0.0 Fail
P Pass C- or better, assigned to undergraduate students only
NP Not Pass Below C-
S Satisfactory B- or better, assigned to graduate students only
U Unsatisfactory Below B-
I Incomplete Work of passing quality but incomplete for good cause (students must obtain the instructor's permission)
IP In Progress Course must be approved for IP grading
W Withdrew Withdrew after fourth week of instruction, or after second meeting of some laboratory courses
X Pending charge of academic dishonesty (available only within the eGrades tool)
  Blank Grade not reported by instructor

Note: Students in the School of Medicine and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy are graded on an Honors/ Pass/ Fail basis in all required courses, and Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory in elective courses. Please contact the School of Medicine or Skaggs School of Pharmacy for complete information.

Plus and minus grading: Only the grades of A, B, and C may be modified by a plus (+) or minus (-) suffix. The grade of A+, when awarded, represents extraordinary achievement but does not receive grade point credit beyond that received for the grade of A. Use of plus and minus suffixes is optional. Instructors should clearly state the grading practices at the beginning of the quarter. Plus and minus grading became effective Fall Quarter, 1983.

Percentage based grading: UC San Diego has no campus wide policy requiring that certain grades be equivalent to certain scores or percentages. Instructors are responsible for determining how grades for assignments, exams, and classes will be determined and they should communicate these details at the beginning of the quarter.

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