Grading System

Northern Michigan University uses letter grades that are assigned a numerical value. The total number of grade points (honor points) is the product of the credits and the honor point value of the grade received in the course.

Note: Grade reports are not mailed to the student at the end of each semester. Students access their grades on the Web at mynmu.nmu.edu.

Grading Table

Grade Significance Honor Points
A 4.00
A-   3.70
B+ 3.30
B 3.00
B-  2.70
C+ 2.30
C 2.00
C- 1.70
D+, D, D- 0.00
F 0.00
AU Audit 0.00
I Incomplete 0.00
MG No Grade Submitted 0.00
Research in Progress 0.00
S Satisfactory 0.00
U Unsatisfactory 0.00
W Withdrawal 0.00
X Course in progress 0.00

Grade of AU: A grade of “AU” (Audit) is awarded to a student who is not taking a course for credit.

Grade of I: A grade of “I” (Incomplete) applies to work of acceptable quality when the full amount is not completed because of reasons acceptable to the instructor, such as illness. It is never applied to poor work. Students cannot graduate with a grade of “I” on their record. See “Incomplete Grade Policy” for more information.

Grade of MG: A grade of “MG” (Missing Grade) is issued when the instructor does not submit a grade by the deadline to be included on the official grade report.

Grade of R: A grade of “R” (Research in Progress) must be given to designated graduate courses where research, thesis, field study, or internship work is not concluded by the end of the semester in which the student is registered for the course. The maximum time that can be given to complete an “R” grade is seven years from the date of enrollment in the course, although the instructor has the option to specify a shorter period of time. Should a student not complete the research or required work, the grade of “R” will remain on his or her transcript, no semester hours of credit will be earned for the course, and it will not be entered into the computation of overall grade point average. It is the faculty member’s responsibility to inform students about the “R” grade policy in those courses where it is to be used, preferably in the course syllabus. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain all information regarding the completion of the course, including program requirements and deadlines, from the instructor or the instructor’s department head.

Grade of S: A grade of “S” (Satisfactory) is issued when a course has been satisfactorily completed. Courses graded “S” are counted in earned hours. The grades are not included in the computation of the grade point average.

Grade of U: A grade of “U” (Unsatisfactory) is issued when a course has not been completed satisfactorily. Courses graded “U” are included in attempted hours. The grades are not included in the computation of the grade point average.

Grade of W: A grade of “W” (Withdrawal) is awarded when a student has officially withdrawn from a course. Courses graded “W” are included in attempted hours. The grade is not included in the computation of the grade point average.

Grade of X: A grade of “X” is awarded when a course continues to meet past the time of grading for a particular semester.