At Penn State, course grades are computed by weighing a certain percentage for lesson submissions and a percentage for examinations. The introduction to your course study guide or course website explains the grading for your World Campus course. (Individual instructors' grading scales may vary slightly.)
The grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F represent a scale from "excellent" to "failing" and are assigned the following grade-point equivalents:
A = 4.00
A- = 3.67
B+ = 3.33
B = 3.00
B- = 2.67
C+ = 2.33
C = 2.00
D = 1.00
F = 0.00
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Option (Pass/Fail)
If you do not want to receive a letter grade for a credit course, you may choose the satisfactory/unsatisfactory (SA/UN) grading system, which is subject to the regulations of the University and your degree programs (policy 49-60).
Auditing a Course
If you’d like to sit in on a course but do not want to take a course for credit (for example, if you wanted to familiarize yourself with the course’s subject matter), you can audit a course. Keep in mind that you’ll still pay the regular tuition rate when you audit a course. Read more about auditing courses.
Your course instructor will assign a final grade when you have completed all of your required lessons and examinations. Your grade is then forwarded to the Office of the University Registrar and entered on your permanent academic record (transcript).
If, for reasons beyond your control, you are prevented from completing a course within the prescribed time frame, you have the option of requesting a deferred grade from your instructor. Read more about grade deferment.
Students whose academic achievements qualify may receive academic honors:
- Dean's List: Undergraduate students are eligible for Dean’s List recognition per 12 credits earned. Learn more about Dean's List eligibility.
- Pi Delta Chi: Qualified undergraduate students will be invited to join Pi Delta Chi, the Penn State Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, which celebrates the scholarship and leadership of full- and part-time undergraduate adult learners.