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Definition of Grades

See the COVID-19 Grading Policies page for a complete list of policies changed due to the pandemic.


The General University grading system is applicable to all of Stanford University except the Graduate School of Business, the School of Law, and M.D. students in the School of Medicine.

Most courses are graded according to the General University grading system. However, courses offered through Law, Business, and Medicine are graded according to those schools' grading systems, even in cases where students in other programs are enrolled in their classes. Note also that, as to graduate students, there may be departmental requirements as to grades that must be maintained for purposes of minimum academic progress.

Effective Spring Quarter 2015-16, the GPA is computed under the general Univeristy grading system and published on the official undergraduate transcript. Transcripts for students with coterminal degree programs publish only the undergraduate career GPA based upon the courses assigned to the undergraduate degree program. For undergraduates who graduated before 1986, the GPA is not included on the transcript. For further information about how the internal General University GPA is determined, see How the General University GPA is Determined

The GPA does not appear on the official graduate transcript.  

Stanford University does not calculate a rank in class.