Printed on: 08/19/2018. Please go to for the most current version of the Policy or related document.


Grading and Transcripts FAQ

  1. What should I do if the time period for entering a grade has passed and I have not yet received my grade?

    You should first contact your instructor to determine if there are any extenuating circumstances that have resulted in a delayed grade. If the situation is not resolved, you may subsequently contact the Chair of the Department.

  2. How are grades from multiple University of Minnesota campuses considered when calculating the overall grade point average?

    A student's grade point average is calculated with all of the student's University of Minnesota coursework. Therefore, if a student has coursework at more than one campus of the University (e.g. Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Twin Cities, Rochester), all grades from coursework at all campuses are included in calculating the grade point average.

  3. What is the impact of having multiple Ws on a transcript?

    Although Ws carry no GPA points, displaying a pattern of enrolling in and withdrawing from classes, especially for undergraduate students , may be concerning to graduate or professional schools; particularly, if you withdraw from the same course multiple times.

  4. When may an instructor assign an I to a student? The instructor has discretion to assign an I, but only if the following conditions are met:

    The student was on track to receive a passing grade until extraordinary circumstances prevented it, and

    • A substantial portion of the coursework has already been completed.
    • A grade of F or N must be awarded if an Incomplete is not warranted and that is the grade earned in the course.
  5. When is a “substantial portion” of coursework completed for purposes of assigning an Incomplete?

    A substantial portion of the coursework is intended to mean that, at a minimum, more than half the coursework has been completed. For example, an incomplete may be appropriate if the student has a single paper or exam remaining to complete.Typically students are more likely to successfully finish the coursework if they have less than 25% remaining.

  6. Can a student be retroactively added to the Deans list?

    Students may be retroactively added to the Deans list under the following circumstances:

    • there was an administrative error in calculating their eligibility.
    • they receive a grade for an incomplete grade that then makes them eligible.
    • they receive a grade change that then makes them eligible.

    Under no circumstances will students be retroactively added to the Deans list as a result of repeating a course in an future term and having the grade from the first course bracketed (bracketing excludes the course from the term and cumulative GPA).

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