Grading System

Most schools at Columbia University use the standard A-F grading scale. A few schools, however, use alternate scales (see below). For complete information on your school's grading policies, please check your school bulletin.

Schools With Alternate Grading Scales

American Language Program

P Pass
F Fail

Architecture

HHigh Pass
PPass
LPLow Pass
FFail

Arts

HHonors
PPass
LPLow Pass
FFail

Business

H Honors
HP High Pass
P Pass*
LP Low Pass
F Fail
IN Incomplete

* In its transcript and grade reports, the Registrar indicates the Business School grade of P (Pass) as P1 or P' to distinguish it from the grade of P indicating a Pass/Fail class taken elsewhere in Columbia University.

College of Physicians and Surgeons

H Honors
P Pass
F Fail
Journalism
P Pass
F Fail

Grading Notations:

ABExcused absence from final examination.
CPCredit Pending. Assigned in courses which regularly involve research or projects extending beyond the end of the term. Until such time as a passing or failing grade is submitted, satisfactory progress is implied.
INWork Incomplete. Not to be used for absence from examination. (See AB)
MUMake-up. (Engineering only) Student has the privilege of taking a second final examination. Refer to appropriate bulletin for rules governing use of this grade.
RRegistered for course. No qualitative grade assigned.
UWUnofficial Withdrawal. Assigned to students in Columbia College, Continuing Education, General Studies (undergraduate and post-baccalaureate), Law, Public Health, SIPA, Special Programs, Social Work and Summer School whose names appear on the grade sheet but who have never attended or have discontinued attendance prior to the due date of substantive work.
YC

Year Course. Assigned at the end of the first term of a year-long course. A single grade for the entire course is to be given upon completion of the second term.

Cross Registrants

All cross registrants are graded on the A-F letter scale regardless of the grading system used by the department offering the class or the student's home school.