Grading System

Northern Michigan University uses letter grades which 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.

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

Grade Table

Grade Significance Honor Points
A Distinguished 4.00
A- Superior 3.70
B+ Excellent 3.30
B Very Good 3.00
B- Good 2.70
C+ Satisfactory 2.30
C Average 2.00
C- Fair 1.70
D+ Inferior 1.30
D Poor 1.00
D- Poor but Passing .70
F Failure 0.00
AU Audit 0.00
I Incomplete 0.00
MG No Grade Submitted 0.00
P Completion 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 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.

Grade of MG– A grade of "MG" (Missing Grade) Missing grade/no grade submitted is issued when the instructor does not submit a grade for a student by the grading deadline. Student who receive a "MG" should contact the instructor or department head to determine the reason why the grade was not issued on time and when the grade will be recorded.

Grade of P– A grade of “P” (Completion) is awarded when a student has marginally a student teaching assignment. These students are not recommended to the state for certification.

Grade of R– A grade of “R” (Research in Progress) is issued when research field study or internships extend beyond the end of the semester. Used for graduate courses only.

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 GPA.

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 GPA.

Grade of W– A grade of “W” (Withdrawal) is awarded when a student has officially withdrawn from a course.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 grades are not included in the computation of the GPA.

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

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

Students can not graduate with a grade of "I" or "X" on their record.