Grades will be available on the student's Web Advisor account at no later than the Wednesday following the end of the term. All undergraduate students receive mid-term grades.

Marking System and Scholastic Points

The evaluation of the academic work of undergraduate students is indicated by letters as follows:

A Excellent — Valued at four quality points per semester hour.
B Good — Valued at three quality points per semester hour.
C Average — Valued at two quality points per semester hour.
D Below average — Valued at one quality point per semester hour.
E Failure — No semester hours earned and no quality points. This grade is given to a student who completed the course and earned a failing grade.
I Incomplete — Given only when a student has completed all but a small amount of course work due to illness or other significant extenuating circumstances (refer to UAR 108). Incompletes must be made up by midterm the following semester (summer term excluded). If course requirements are not completed by midterm of the following semester, the "I" grade becomes a failing grade. Instructors must file an Incomplete Grade Form in the College Dean's office. When entering a grade of "I" for the term, you must enter an expiration date. The expiration date for the Spring Term is October 15 and March 15 for Fall Term.
IP In progress — May only be assigned to 670 (Directed Research), 699 (Thesis) or 676 (Directed Study) Courses.
K Credit, pass-fail course — Semester hours earned; no quality points; not computed in GPA. This grade is given when a student passes a pass-fail course.
N Failure, pass-fail course — No quality points; computed in GPA and used in undergraduate grading only .
P Withdrew from school passing — Not computed in GPA.
F Withdrew from school failing — Computed in GPA as credits attempted.
R Course repeated — Replaces original grade for repeated course; not computed in GPA.
Unofficial withdrawal — Computed as credits attempted; computed as zero quality points in GPA calculation. Given to a student who stopped attending the course, did not complete the course and did not officially withdraw from the course.
W Withdrew officially — No hours attempted; not computed in GPA.
WY Withdrawal from audit class — Not computed in GPA.
Y Audit credit — No hours attempted; not computed in GPA; not applicable to degree program.

Note: The grades K and N are restricted to students who opt to take a course with a pass-fail option. The pass-fail option is restricted and applicable only to free elective courses or specific courses identified for a major or minor used for competency evaluation (i.e., those courses not required for the area, major, minor or general education requirements). 


The purpose of the pass-fail option is to let you explore elective courses outside your area of specialization without engaging in grade competition with students specializing in those courses. Apply at the office of the dean of your first major by the last day to add a class.

Requirements include the following:

  1. A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA for 30 hours earned at MSU. You are eligible as a transfer student with a minimum of 30 hours, if at least 12 hours were earned at MSU, and you have a 2.5 GPA on the work completed at MSU.
  2. A maximum of 15 hours may be applied toward the total number of hours required for the bachelor's degree; six hours may be applied toward associate degree requirements.
  3. The pass-fail option is applicable only to free elective courses. These include courses not required for your area, major, minor or general education requirements.
  4. Each semester you may use the pass-fail option for one course (for any number of hours of credit), or a combination of courses totaling up to three hours.
  5. Hours earned in pass-fail work are added to your total hours passed but do not affect your GPA. Any grade of "D" or above is considered passing and is designated by "K." A failing grade is designated by "N."
  6. You may change course registration status from pass-fail to the conventional letter grading system, and vice versa, during the normal period to add a course.
  7. You cannot transfer hours earned under the pass-fail option into any degree program.
  8. Your status under the pass-fail option is not identified to instructors. Instructors assign a conventional letter grade and the registrar converts the assigned letter grade to a "K" or "N," as applicable.
  9. Pass-fail credit may not be applied to a second degree.