Academic Grades and Marks

Academic Grades

Undergraduate Courses

Grade Points Definition
A 4.0 Superior
A- 3.7 Superior
B+ 3.3 Above Average
B 3.0 Above Average
B- 2.7 Above Average
C+ 2.3 Average
C 2.0 Average
C- 1.7 Average
D+ 1.3 Below Average
D 1.0 Below Average
F 0.0 Failure

School of Nursing Undergraduate Programs

Grade Numeric Points Definition
A 93-100 4.0 Superior
A- 90-92.99 3.7 Superior
B+ 87-89.99 3.3 Above Average
B 83-86.99 3.0 Above Average
B- 80-82.99 2.7 Above Average
C+ 77-79.99 2.3 Average
C 75-76.99 2.0 Average
F 74.99-0 Failure

Module Courses

Grade Points Definition
A 4.0 Superior
B 3.0 Above Average
F 0.0 Failure

Graduate Courses

Grade Points Definition
A 4.0 Superior
B 3.0 Above Average
C 2.0 Average
F 0.0 Failure

Academic Marks

Academic marks, unlike academic grades, have no effect on your GPA, but might affect your academic standing by influencing your rate of completion calculation.

Code Description Affects Credits Earned? Affects Credits Attempted?
AC Assessment Credit Yes Yes
CC Credit by Examination Yes Yes
EC Experiential Learning Credit Yes Yes
I Incomplete No Yes
NR Not Required No No
P Pass Yes Yes
S Satisfactory1 No No
TC Transfer Credit Yes Yes
U Unsatisfactory1 No No
W Withdrawal No Yes
MW Military Withdrawal No No


Assessment Credit

“AC” denotes a successful attempt at a Purdue Global course/module assessment. Credits marked with “AC” contribute to Purdue Global residency requirements.

Credit by Examination

You receive a grade of “CC” when you are granted credit for an externally administered examination such as CLEP or DANTES. Other credit by examination approved by the University may also be represented by this grade.

Experiential Learning Credit

You receive a grade of “EC” when you are granted credit for an internally reviewed Experiential Learning Portfolio, military training, or reviewed professional learning.


You receive a temporary grade of “I” when you are granted an incomplete to allow for additional time to submit coursework beyond the end of a term. This grade has no impact on your cumulative GPA until a final grade is assigned. Your “I” grade will be converted to a final grade when your instructor submits a grade change request on or before the incomplete deadline, as defined in the Academic Calendar.

Not Required

You may receive an “NR” if you are not obligated to enroll in a course to complete your degree requirements.

Pass, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory

Designated courses are graded on a pass/fail grading scale, as indicated in the course descriptions. A passing grade will be awarded for any numeric grade corresponding to a passing grade in the standard grade scale, unless otherwise noted in the course syllabus.

Transfer Credit

You receive a grade of “TC” when postsecondary coursework you completed at another institution is applied to your enrolled program at Purdue Global.


You receive a “W” if you withdraw from a course or are administratively withdrawn from a course before the final 28 days of classes of a 10-week course or the final 21 days of a 6-week course.

Military Withdrawal

You may be eligible to receive an “MW” when you are granted a midterm military leave of absence with approved supporting military documentation.