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Previous General University Grading Systems

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The following summarizes the previous versions of the General University Grading System. For the current version, visit General University Grading System.

Effective AY 1995/96 through Spring Quarter 2008

Grade

Description

A (+,-)

Excellent

B (+,-)

Good

C (+,-)

Satisfactory

D (+,-)

Minimal Pass

NP

Not Passed

CR

Credit (student-elected satisfactory: A, B, or C equivalent)

S

No-option Satisfactory (A, B, or C equivalent)

NC

No Credit (unsatisfactory performance, D+ or below equivalent)

I

Incomplete

L

Pass, letter grade to be reported

N

Continuing Course

RP

Repeated Course

*

No Grade Reported

W

Withdrew

Notes:

  • The grades A, B, and C were redefined, NP and W were added, and “+” was changed to CR.
  • Autumn 1994-95: RP was introduced to replace the original grade for a course later retaken. 
  • The grade of “I” (incomplete) was changed to automatically lapse to NP or NC after one year.

Effective Academic Years 1989/90 through 1994/95

Grade

Description

A

Exceptional Performance

B

Superior Performance

C

Satisfactory Performance

D

Minimal Pass

L

Pass, letter grade to be reported

+

Satisfactory, student elected (A, B, or C)

S

Satisfactory, no option (A, B, or C)

N

Continuing Courses

*

No Grade Reported

I

Incomplete

Notes: 

  • The P notation was changed to S (Satisfactory). 
  • The lowest acceptable grade for either S or “+” became C-.

Effective Academi Years 1975/76 through 1988/89

Grade

Description

A

Exceptional Performance

B

Superior Performance

C

Satisfactory Performance

D

Minimal Pass

L

Pass, letter grade to be reported

+

Pass, student elected (A, B, C, or D)

P

Pass, no option (A, B, C, or D)

N

Continuing Courses

*

No Grade Reported

I

Incomplete

Notes: 

  • Under this system, Stanford restored the D grade, defining it as “Minimal Pass.” Pass notations (“+” and P) were redefined to encompass all passing grades, A through D.
  • Summer Quarter 1972-73: P was introduced to denote pass in a course offered only pass/no credit at the option of the instructor.
  • Spring Quarter 1971-72: “+” and “-” as grade modifiers were reintroduced for all students.
  • Autumn Quarter 1971-72: “+” and “-” as grade modifiers were reintroduced for graduate students.

Effective Academic Years 1970/71 through 1974/75

Grade

Description

A

Exceptional Performance

B

Superior Performance

C

Satisfactory Performance

L

Pass, letter grade to be reported

+

Pass, student elected (A, B, or C)

N

Continuing Course

*

No Grade Reported

I

Incomplete

Notes: 

  • The grades A, B, C, and “+” were redefined: D, E, F, W, and “-” were dropped from the grading system. 
  • Under the prior system, the university maintained records of all courses a student attempted. Under the revised system, the only courses recorded were those that were successfully completed or for which an “I” (incomplete) grade was given. 
  • The revised system also allowed a student or instructor to request the deletion of an “I” grade from a student’s record if the student did not meet the requirements of the course within the time limit determined by the instructor. 
  • The use of the modifying suffixes “+” and “-” appended to letter grades was discontinued.

Effective Academic Years 1963/64 through 1969/70

Grade

Description

A

Excellent

B

Good

C

Satisfactory

D

Minimum Credit

E

Conditioned

F

Failed

N

Continuous Course

W

Unauthorized Withdrawal

I

Incomplete

*

No Grade Reported

+

Passed Without Defining Grade

-

Failed Course Taken Pass/Fail

Prior to Academic Year 1963/64

Grade

Description

A

Excellent

B

Good

C

Fair

D

Barely Passed

E

Conditioned

F

Failed

N

Continuous Course

W

Unauthorized Withdrawal

I

Incomplete

*

No Grade Reported

+

Passed Without Defining Grade

-

Failed Course Taken Pass/Fail