Information About Grading Policies

 Information About Grading Policies

  • Foreign institutions use different grading scales.
    • Grading scales at many foreign institutions are lower and stricter than at U.S. institutions. For example, it may be rare for any student in a particular class or school to earn an A, while o ncertain grading scales, A-level work will be awarded 70 out of 100.
    • Research the scale used in your program, and talk with professors and advisers in that program as early as possible, so that you will be prepared for grades that may be quite different from those that you are used to at Barnard or Columbia.
    • Barnard cannot dispute grades determined by other institutions.
  • Courses taken abroad may not be taken Pass/Fail. They must all receive some form of evaluation (e.g., grades, tutors’ reports, examination marks). Courses with grades of D or F will not receive credit. 
    • All approved courses taken abroad will be shown on your Barnard transcript, regardless of the grade.
    • A course for which a student receives an F will appear on the Barnard transcript, even if it has not been approved.
  • A U.S. letter grade will appear in parentheses on your transcript only if the foreign institution (or program) provides the equivalent U.S. letter grade or a scale for how grades should be converted to U.S. letter grades. If the institution/program does not provide this, no grade will appear on your Barnard transcript.
  • Grades received for approved courses taken abroad will not be factored into your general Barnard GPA, unless they are from Columbia University study abroad programs.
    • Grades from Columbia University study abroad programs (i.e., Reid Hall, Columbia University in Beijing, KCJS and BCDS) are included in the Barnard GPA if they are taken during the academic year.
      • Just as Columbia summer courses are not included in the Barnard GPA, courses taken in the summer in Columbia study abroad programs are not included in the Barnard GPA.
    • Grades received for approved courses taken abroad are factored into the overall grade point average for determination of honors upon graduation.
    • Most departments factor study abroad grades into the major GPA.
  • You must have an official transcript sent directly to the Registrar, 107 Milbank, before credit can be awarded.  Prompt action is recommended, for a delay may jeopardize financial aid, status for campus housing, or timely graduation. 
  • TRANSFER OF CREDIT AND THE ASSIGNMENT OF COURSES FOR MAJOR, MINOR AND GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL AN OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT HAS BEEN REVIEWED BY THE REGISTRAR.