Grading Policies by Academic Unit

The College

The College uses the Common Grade Policy with the following exceptions:

  • College students enrolled in courses offered by the Graduate School of Business can be conferred a grade of A+, albeit with a point value of 4.0.
  • College courses do not confer grades of “R” to College students (exception noted below).
  • Grades of “P” are not to be assigned in courses meeting General Education Requirements.
  • The “Pass/Fail” option is informally arranged between student and instructor. The instructor will submit either a “P” or an “F” to the University Registrar.
  • A grade of “F” may not be subsequently changed, except when entered in error by the instructor or the Registrar.
  • Grades of “I” for College students enrolled in College courses must be accompanied with a fully signed “Request for Incomplete Form” (available from the College advisers) when submitted to the University Registrar. This form specifies when the “I” is to be completed—by default it is within one year—and what grade is to replace the “I” if not completed by that time—by default the replacement grade is “W”. Extensions can be submitted to the University Registrar, signed by the instructor, at any time prior to the expiration date.
  • Students must request a withdrawal, “W”, from their adviser by Friday of 10th week or the day before the final project/exam is due – whichever is earlier. For more information, please see the section on Withdrawals in the College Catalog.
  • When College course grade rosters are received by the University Registrar and one or more grades on the roster are blank or contain a grade not permitted by College grade policy (such as an “I” grade without an accompanying “Request for Incomplete Form”), the University Registrar will issue a grade of “NGR”. The “NGR” may be resolved by submission of a final grade or a formal Incomplete form. The “NGR” grades will convert automatically to “W” grades if they remain in effect through the end of the Friday of the first week of the subsequent quarter (or first week of Autumn for Spring enrollments). After this point, students who are otherwise qualified for an “I” may petition the Dean of Students in the College for approval to arrange the Incomplete. When a quality grade is received by the University Registrar to replace a “NGR” grade, an intervening “I” will be administratively inserted as a qualifier (e.g. IA or IB+). The College Dean of Students will prepare for the University Registrar a list of courses for which these “NGR” rules are excepted – mostly BA Paper-type courses. For such courses, blank grades can remain.
  • For Graduating College students, passing grades for all required PRIOR quarter courses are due to the University Registrar the Friday (or Wednesday in Autumns where that Friday is the day after Thanksgiving) two weeks before the awarding of the degrees. For required CURRENT quarter courses, the due date is the Friday ONE week before the awarding of degrees, unless the instructor submits the grade online, in which case the deadline is the Saturday preceding the awarding of the degrees. In the absence of any grade for such a required course for a current quarter, the Dean of the College has authorized the University Registrar to record an administrative “P” grade. This administrative “P” as well as all other grades becomes permanent upon graduation.
  • The College publishes grading rules and instructions for all its instructors at: http://collegecatalog.uchicago.edu/thecollege/gradingandacademicstatus/.
Biological Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Division, Social Sciences Division, Harris School of Public Policy Studies, School of Social Service Adminstration, and The Insititute for Molecular Engineering

The divisions/schools listed use the Common Grade Policy with the exceptions below.

  • Grades of “UW” indicate “Unofficial Withdrawal”.  Grades of “UW” are assigned by the faculty when they are unable to grade a student because the student has ceased attending the course and have not officially withdrawn.
  • Grades of “S” indicate “Satisfactory” and “U” indicate “Unsatisfactory.”
  • When grade rosters are received by the University Registrar and one or more grades on the roster are blank the University Registrar will issue a grade of “NGR.”
The Chicago Booth School of Business
The Chicago Booth School of Business uses the Common Grade Policy with the following exceptions:

  • Grades for Full-Time, Evening and Weekend sections of courses are due 9 days following the end of the quarter.
  • Grades for Executive MBA North America sections of courses are due two weeks following the exam.
  • Grades of Executive MBA Asia and Europe sections of courses are due two weeks following the second cohort’s exam.
  • A+ = 4.33, A- = 3.67, B+ = 3.33, B- = 2.67, C+ = 2.33, C- = 1.67, D+ = 1.33
  • For questions about grading, consult the Chicago Booth Registrar in the Student Records and Systems Department.
The Divinity School

The Divinity School uses the Common Grade Policy with the exceptions below.

  • When a quality grade is submitted to the University Registrar replacing an “I” grade within one year of the end of the quarter, no intervening “I” is recorded.
  • Grades of “UW” indicate “Unofficial Withdrawal”.  Grades of “UW” are assigned by the faculty when they are unable to grade a student because the student has ceased attending the course and have not officially withdrawn.
  • Grades of “S” indicate “Satisfactory” and “U” indicate “Unsatisfactory.”  These grades are used for doctoral students who are enrolled in an “Advanced Studies” course.
  • When grade rosters are received by the University Registrar and one or more grades on the roster are blank the University Registrar will issue a grade of “NGR”.  Grades of “NGR” indicate “No Grade Reported.”  When grade rosters are received by the University Registrar, and one or more grades on the roster are blank, the University Registrar will issue a grade of “NGR.”
The Humanities Division
  • When a quality grade is submitted to the University Registrar replacing an “I” grade before the start of the autumn quarter of the next academic year, no intervening “I” is recorded. If the work is completed after the start of the autumn quarter of the next academic year, a grade of “R” will be recorded.
  • Grades of “UW” indicate “Unofficial Withdrawal”.  Grades of “UW” are assigned by the faculty when they are unable to grade a student because the student has ceased attending the course and have not officially withdrawn.
  • Grades of “S” indicate “Satisfactory” and “U” indicate “Unsatisfactory.”
  • When grade rosters are received by the University Registrar and one or more grades on the roster are blank the University Registrar will issue a grade of “NGR.”
The Law School

The Law School uses a numeric grade scale for its courses. Law students enrolled in courses offered by units outside the Law School earn grades per the units’ respective grading policies. Non-Law students enrolling in LAWS courses should consult with their area Deans of Students about how Law School grading will be accommodated.

Pritzker School of Medicine

For Medical students “P” grades will be submitted to the University Registrar in lieu of quality grades.

Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies

The Graham School uses the Common Grade Policy with the exceptions below.

  • For Students-at-Large enrolled in Chicago Booth courses, the Chicago Booth grading scale and associated grade values will apply.
  • Grades of “UW” indicate “Unofficial Withdrawal”.  Grades of “UW” are assigned by the faculty when they are unable to grade a student because the student has ceased attending the course and have not officially withdrawn.
  • When grade rosters are received by the University Registrar and one or more grades on the roster are blank the University Registrar will issue a grade of “NGR”.  Grades of “NGR” indicate “No Grade Reported”.