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Grading and Class Ranking Policy

Students are not ranked until they complete their first year of study. Thereafter, PDF iconrankings are done at the end of every semester and summer session, once all grades are reported.

Students will be ranked following the fall semester, spring semester and summer session each year. Final class standing will be based on the ranking in September and will include students who completed all graduation requirements in August, May and the previous December.

Grading

Grades will be awarded on a scale of 1.5 to 4.3. No academic credit shall be given for a grade below 1.8 or a grade of "Fail." A 2.1 average (the lowest “C” average) will be required for retention and graduation. A numerical grade may be translated into a letter grade for purposes of comparison as follows:

4.3 – 4.2 = A+  
4.1 – 3.9 = A
3.8 – 3.6 = A-
3.5 – 3.3 = B+
3.2 – 3.0 = B
2.9 – 2.7 = B-
2.6 – 2.4 = C +
2.3 – 2.1 = C
2.0 – 1.8 = D
1.7 – 1.5 = F

For the complete policy and information on Grading at the University of Iowa, please see PDF iconGrading Policy and Ranking.