|University Undergraduate Advising Handbook|
The following symbols may appear on a student's grade report and transcript in place of a grade. A student's grade-point average is not affected by these symbols (however, the F in the XF symbol-grade is a failing grade).
|Symbol Recorded||Meaning of Symbols on Student Academic Records|
|AU||Student registered for class as an auditor and attended regularly (Senate Policy 48-80).|
|DF*||Deferred grade (Senate Policy 48-40).|
|FL||Student failed a course taken under the pass/fail option. (This option has been replaced by the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option.)|
|I, INCP*||Incomplete. Student received a DF or NG grade symbol. In a student's grade summary, the I indicates incomplete averages; INCP is recorded beside the semester for which reporting is incomplete.|
|NG*||No grade available at the time of grade reporting (Senate Policy 48-50).|
|P||Student completed the work in a noncredit course (Senate Policy 47-40).|
|PS||Student passed a course taken under the pass/fail grading option. (This option has been replaced by the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option.)|
|R||Research. Student is registered in a variable-credit course which extends beyond the semester. Adequate time and effort have been given to the work. When the work is completed, a grade is issued (Senate Policy 49-40).|
|S||Student earned credits through a proficiency exam prior to summer 2009. (Effective summer 2009, proficiency examinations are offered as credit by examination.)|
|SA||Student passed a course taken under satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option. SA means satisfactory achievement or better (A, B, C) (Senate Policy 49-60).|
|UN||Unsatisfactory achievement in a course taken under satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading option--UN indicates unsatisfactory achievement (D, F) (Senate Policy 49-60).|
|W||Official withdrawal (Senate Policy 56-30).|
|W||Student registered for a course as an auditor and did not attend regularly (Senate Policy 48-80).|
|WF||Withdrew, failing. Student processed a course late drop and was failing at that time (Senate Policy 34-89). Effective fall 2010, this symbol will not be used.|
|WN||Withdrew, no grade. Student processed a course late drop (Senate Policy 34-89).|
|WP||Withdrew, passing. Student processed a course late drop and was passing at that time (Senate Policy 34-89). Effective fall 2010, this symbol will not be used.|
|XF||Fail, academic dishonesty (Academic Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual, G-9).|
*When a letter grade is submitted for a DF or NG, the grade is entered on the transcript, the grade-point average is recalculated, and the I and INCP symbols are removed.
For additional information, see Accessing Grades and Transcripts.
The University may make changes in policies,
procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time.
Please consult a Penn State academic adviser for more detailed
This page is part of the University Undergraduate Advising Handbook, which is maintained by the Division of Undergraduate Studies, DUS@psu.edu.
Reviewed: May 2013
Last Update: June 2010