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UC San Diego Grading Policies and Procedure

Grades in Undergraduate Courses

A = Excellent
B = Good
C = Fair
D = Poor
F = Fail
P = Pass (equates to C - )
NP = No Pass (equates to D or F)
I = Incomplete (must be approved by instructor for good reason
IP = In Progress (approved for multi-quarter sequences)
Blank = No Record (no report received)- lapses to an F grade the following quarter
W = Withdrew

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Use the GPA calculator on TritonLink or read this information to calculate your GPA [PDF].

Withdrawing from a Class

You may drop a course by Friday of the ninth week on-line via WebReg or by filing an add/drop card with the Registrar. Be aware of drop deadlines as posted on TritonLink. A course dropped before the end of Week 4 will not be entered on your transcript.  If you would like to withdraw from all of your courses, you must file a Withdrawal form at the ERC Academic Advising Office. You can only drop up to your last course on TritonLink.

Withdrawal (Grade "W")

The Registrar will assign a final grade of "W" for courses dropped between Week 5 and the end of Week 9. A "W" grade on your transcript is disregarded in determining your GPA. Students are only allowed to receive one "W" grade per course.

Incomplete (Grade "I")

If it is past the Week 9 drop deadline and you are unable to complete a course due to a very serious reason (such as an illness), can provide documentation for your situation  and your work in the course is of passing quality, see your instructor about arranging for a grade of "Incomplete."  Forms for this purpose are available in academic department offices.  You and the professor must complete the form before the end of finals week, with the agree-upon date for completion of the course no later than the end of the following quarter. If you are unable to contact your professor, call the ERC Academic Advising office.

Minimum Progress

You are expected to make progress toward your degree by completing a minimum of 36 units per academic year, an average of 12 successfully completed units each quarter.  If by the end of the year you have not completed 36 units, you may use summer session credits to achieve the required minimum progress. This requirement is especially important if you are on financial aid.

If you take classes at a college or university other than UC San Diego, please check with UC San Diego Admissions to be certain the work is transferable. Additional information for California Community Colleges is available at The Entry Level Writing Requirement (SDCC1) taught at UC San Diego will count as workload credit toward your minimum progress requirement.

Maximum Unit Limitation

An undergraduate student may register for no more than 200 course units. Exceptions are permitted for double majors and for candidates for B.S. degrees in engineering; for those students at ERC, the limits are 240 units. Other exceptions may be granted, but only for compelling academic reasons.
Any questions? Post a question on the Virtual Advising Center (VAC) or call ERC Advising at 858-534-9864.