Grading options

In some cases, you may be able to choose from three options for your grades: a letter grade, satisfactory/unsatisfactory, credit/no credit and auditing. This will depend on your overall goals for the course, if you want the outcome for the course to affect your GPA and whether you can request a change in your grading option within a specific time frame.

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Letter grades

In most cases, you will receive a letter grade: A, B, C, D or F, along with a plus/minus. The Office of the University Registrar shows how those grades translate into your grade point average (GPA). If you are a graduate student, the process is similar, but C and D grades are treated differently.

Pass/fail, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory

When you take a course pass/fail, your transcript will show an S for satisfactory or a U for unsatisfactory. If you would have received an A, B or C, you will receive an S grade. If you would have received a D or F, you will receive a U grade. Note that a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade will not affect your GPA.

More about the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading system

Is pass/fail an option for you?

If you are an undergraduate student taking a 6-month self-paced course and you want to change your grading option, you must request the change in writing before the first lesson is submitted or within the first 15 days of the course. Then you will need your academic adviser to send their approval to selfpaced@missouri.edu.

Note: Graduate students can only take a course pass/fail if the course description states it is “graded on S/U basis only.”

Auditing a course

Students who want to take a course for personal interest or professional development may audit a course by enrolling as a "hearer.” In this case, you will have the same access to all lessons, exams and course material as other students. Your enrollment in the course is indicated on your record by an "H." 

Unless you are a university retiree or in the Senior Citizen Scholars Program, you must still pay full price to take the course, but an audited course carries no credit and will not count toward verification of enrollment status. 

Time frame for changing your grade option

How long you have to change your grade option depends on the type of course you’re taking:

  • 4-week semester-based: 3 business days
  • 8-week semester-based: 5 business days
  • 16-week self-paced or semester-based: 10 business days
  • 6-month self-paced: 15 business days (or before first lesson is submitted)

Letter grades and pass/fail grades

In most cases, you will receive a letter grade: A, B, C, D or F, along with a plus/minus. 

When you take a course pass/fail, your transcript will show an S for satisfactory or a U for unsatisfactory. If you would have received an A, B or C, you will receive an S grade. If you would have received a D or F, you will receive a U grade. Note that a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade will not affect your GPA.

Read more about the grading system

Time frame for changing your grade option

Watch your calendar because you’ll need to request to audit a course or take a course pass/fail before the university’s deadline. Refer to UMSL’s academic calendar for last day to change grading option dates.

Letter grades

In most cases, you will receive a letter grade: A, B, C, D or F. Read more about the Office of the University Registrar grading system.

Satisfactory/unsatisfactory

When you take a course pass/fail, your transcript will show an S for satisfactory or a U for unsatisfactory. If you would have received an A, B or C, you will receive an S grade. If you would have received a D or F, you will receive a U grade. Note that a satisfactory or unsatisfactory grade will not affect your GPA.

More about the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading system

Auditing a course

Students who want to take a course for personal interest or professional development may audit a course by enrolling as a "hearer.” In this case, you will have the same access to all lessons, exams and course material as other students. Your enrollment in the course is indicated on your record by an "H."  Fill out the form for authorization for auditing a course.

Time frame for changing your grade option

Watch your calendar because you’ll need to request to audit a course or take a course pass/fail before the university’s deadline. Refer to Missouri S&T’s academic calendar for the last day to change grading option dates.

Letter grades and pass/fail grades

In most cases, you will receive a letter grade: A, B, C, D or F, along with a plus/minus. 

When you take a course credit/no credit, your transcript will show an CR for credit or a NC for no credit. If you would have received an A, B or C, you will receive an CR grade. If you would have received a D or F, you will receive a NC grade. Note that a credit or no credit grade will not affect your GPA.

Read more about the grading system

Auditing a course

Students who want to take a course for personal interest or professional development may audit a course. In this case, you will have the same access to all lessons, exams and course material as other students. Your enrollment in the course is indicated on your record by an "AT."  You must be admitted to the university and obtain the consent of the instructor in order to audit a course. 

Time frame for changing your grade option

Watch your calendar because you’ll need to request to audit a course or take a course credit/no credit before the university’s deadline. Refer to UMKC’s academic calendar for last day to change grading option dates.