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
R 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 the 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: Students may receive a Research in Progress ("R") grade in a course where the primary focus is research, such as a thesis.  The student has a maximum of three years from when the R grade is issued to complete the course requirements.  Faculty may designate a deadline of less than three years if deemed appropriate.  Failure to complete the specified work within the designated time frame will result in an "F" or "U" grade for the course.

The instructor, upon receiving and evaluating the completed work, will record the appropriate grade ("A" through "F," "S" or "U") prior to stated deadlines.  Students who have an "R" grade and not currently enrolled in other courses and are actively using university resources (advising, library, etc.) must register for GD 593 for continuous enrollment.  Students who plan to graduate the semester the "R" grade is complete and not taking other courses should also register for GD 593.

Grade of S: A grade of “S” (Satisfactory, equivalent to a "B") 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.