Grades

Grading policy is governed by the Berkeley Academic Senate and each school or college. Grades are posted to the official transcript approximately three weeks after the last day of finals in the fall and spring terms, but students may view grades the day after they are submitted. For summer students, grades are not posted to the official transcript until the first week in September.

Law students should contact the Boalt Law School Registrar about viewing grades.

Summer 2016: Grades are posted in BearFacts.

Fall 2016: Grades are posted in CalCentral

How do I...?

Check My Grades

Grades will post to your transcript approximately three weeks after the last day of finals.

Once your instructors post grades, you can see them on:

Summer 2016: BearFacts (see "Current Term Grades" the next day after submission by instructors. Transcripts for continuing students with spring 2016 grades will be available on June 2,2016, and for new students on Monday, June 6, 2016. Before ordering a transcript, please review your unofficial transcript for accuracy. Law Students please contact the Registrar's Office at the Law School.)

Fall 2016: CalCentral

Appeal a Grade

If you believe your instructor submitted an incorrect grade because of a clerical (for example, computational) or procedural error, please speak directly with your instructor.

If you believe that your instructor has used nonacademic criteria (for example, race, religion, gender, or politics) in assigning your grade, you can appeal the grade. Begin the process by speaking with your instructor and/or the Students Ombudsperson.

Your next step is to try to resolve the issue by speaking with the department chair. If you cannot resolve your dispute informally, there is a formal procedure you can follow that is outlined in the Berkeley Academic Guide under "Academic Policies."

Resolve an Incomplete Grade

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
The method of replacement of the I grade by a final grade will be determined by the Dean of the Graduate Division and the Graduate Council.

FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Summer 2016 and prior: 

  1. Complete the course work as agreed upon with your instructor by the deadline.
    • Fall semester - first day of instruction of following fall semester
    • Spring semester and summer session - first day of instruction of following spring semester
  2. Complete the Petition to Remove an Incomplete Form
  3. Turn in completed course work and the Petition to your instructor. Do not re-enroll in the course to remove your incomplete.

Fall 2016 and beyond:

  1. Complete the course work as agreed upon with your instructor by the deadline.
    • Fall semester - first day of instruction of following fall semester
    • Spring semester and summer session - first day of instruction of following spring semester
  2. Instructors will submit replacement grades for Incompletes.

Request an Extension for an Incomplete Grade

If you are unable to finish a course on time, you may request an extension from the Dean of your College or School prior to the completion deadline (see "Resolve an Incomplete Grade" on this page).

Repeat a Course

You may repeat a course only if you received a grade of D+, D, D-, F, or NP.

If you earned a grade of D+, D, D-, or F, and have taken the course only once:

  • you must take the course for a letter grade
  • both grades will show on your transcript, but only your most recent grade will be calculated into your GPA

Note: If you have repeated more than 12 units of credit, this does not apply.

If you earned an NP, and have taken the course only once before:

  • repeat the course for either a letter grade, if allowed in the course

or

  • on a passed/not passed basis.

12-Unit Repetition Limit

  • If you repeat courses in which you received a D+, D, D-, or F, the units are counted only once and only the most recently earned grades and grade points are used for the first 12 units repeated.
  • If you repeat more than 12 units, your grade-point average is based on all grades assigned and total units attempted.

Repeating a Course With a Passing Grade

  • If you repeat a course in which you received a passing grade (other than a D, F, NP, or U), the course will count as part of your course schedule for the semester and the grade you earn will be listed on your transcript.
  • However, the grade will not be included in your GPA, and the course units will not count toward graduation unless the course description in the Berkeley Academic Guide states "course may be repeated for credit."

Freeze an Incomplete Grade

If you are unable to complete your work by the completion deadline, your I (incomplete) grade will be converted (or lapsed) to an F (or NP if the course was taken Pass/Not Pass). The F grade will be included in computing your GPA.

However, you may request to freeze an Incomplete grade by submtting a Petition to Retain Incomplete Grade Permanently on Record Form with the Dean. (Follow the same completion deadlines that are noted in "Resolve an Incomplete Grade" on this page.) No more than two I grades can be frozen.

Note: Please discuss this with an adviser because once a course is frozen, you cannot repeat the course, nor may the grade be removed by taking an equivalent course.

Know if an Incomplete Grade Affects GPA

The I grade has no effect on the GPA.

Learn How P/NP Grades Affect GPA

Pass/No Pass or P/NP grades do not calculate into your GPA; however, if you have repeated the course on a letter-graded basis, that grade will calculate into your GPA.

Note: If you have repeated more than 12 units of credit, this does not apply.