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College credit

  1. September 1942 to August 1969 - on quarter system (exception - during World War II 1942-45, Navy V-12 Program was on trimester system). A quarter hour (or a semester hour) was the work done in a fifty-minute lecture or recitation once a week for a quarter (or a semester), or a laboratory for a minimum of two hours a week for a quarter (or a semester); 2 semester hours equal 3 quarter (or term) hours. September 1942 to August 1969 - on quarter system (exception - during World War II 1942-45, Navy V-12 Program was on trimester system).

  2. Previous to September 1942 - on semester system (exception - year 1918 - 19 on term system same as a quarter system). A minimum of 180 quarter hours (or 120 semester hours) was required for graduation.

Explanation of grades and grade points

Time period School and/or program
September 1947 – August 1982 Undergraduate
September 1982 – August 2004 The Graduate School (D grade not used)
September 1947 – December 2004 Bienen School of Music (graduate programs)
September 1947 – August 1996 McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science (graduate programs)
September 1947 – Present Kellogg School of Management
September 1947 – August 2005 School of Communication (graduate programs)
September 1947 – September 1986 Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications (graduate programs)
September 1947 – February 2005 School of Education and Social Policy (graduate programs)
January 1979 – August 1990 School of Nursing
Grade points Grade
4 A | Excellent
3 B | Good
2 C | Satisfactory
1 D | Poor by passing (not used for students in The Graduate School)
0 F | Fail (or dropped without permission)
Time period School and/or program
June 1927 – August 1947 All schools
June 1927 – August 1982 The Graduate School
Grade Points Grade
7 A | Superior
6 A- | Superior
5 B | Good
4 B- | Good
3 C | Fair
2 C- | Fair
1 D | Poor, barely passing
0 E | Condition, removable by "second examination" to a grade not higher than D (discontinued Sept. 1945)
0 F | Fair (or dropped without permission)
Time period School and/or program
Previous to June 1927 All schools
Grade points Grade
3 A | Superior
2 B | Good
1 C | Fair
0 D | Poor
0 E | Condition, removable by "second examination"
-1 F | Failure, no credit

Transcript abbreviations and symbols

Symbol/abbreviation What does it mean?
* Grades received by special report
# Duplication
## Not applicable toward degree
Abs. Absent from examination; grade subject to make-up examination
Aud. Auditor
Cr. Work completed satisfactorily
Drp. Course dropped with permission, no penalty if work to date of dropping was C or better.
D.W.P. Dropped with permission; F grade
Inc. Incomplete
Prov. Provisional grade
Z Dropped without permission - counts as "F" (discontinued September 1962)

Consortial agreements

Northwestern University articulated credit for courses taken via Semester Online during the 2013-14 academic year. Contact the Office of the Registrar for additional questions.

Northwestern articulates credit for courses taken via the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) agreement. For details visit www.cic.net/home