Undergraduate, Graduate, and Medical Transcript Key Transcript Key - Prior to August 29, 2016

Release of Information

In compliance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, this information is released on the condition that the recipient "will not permit any other party to have access to such information without the written consent of the student."

Official Paper Document

"Penn State" appears in small print on a blue background across the entire face of the official transcript or academic verification which is printed with security ink. The official transcript bears the seal of Penn State and the signature of the University Registrar. The raised University seal is not required.

Official Electronic Document

An electronic signature and certification appears before you open the PDF transcript, and also on the front page of the transcript. The Statement of Authenticity bears the name of the University Registrar.


The Pennsylvania State University, whose prime purpose has always been to serve the people and the interests of the Commonwealth and the Nation, is accredited by the Middle States Association and is a member of the Association of American Universities.

Credits and Hours

Credits are awarded on the semester-hour basis. According to Senate Policy 42-23, a total of at least forty hours of work planned and arranged by the University faculty is required for the average student to gain one credit. While the distribution of time varies from course to course, generally one-third of the time is devoted to formal instruction, such as lecture, recitation, laboratory, field trips, etc., and two-thirds of the time to outside preparation.

Course-Numbering System

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES (1 to 399); General courses accepted in fulfillment of requirements for the baccalaureate or associate degree.

ADVANCED UNDERGRADUATE COURSES (400 to 499); Courses open to graduate students, juniors, seniors, and with the special written permission of the head of the department or chairperson of the program sponsoring the course, to qualified sophomores and first-year students. 400 level course work appearing on a graduate student transcript is applied toward the graduate degree.

GRADUATE COURSES (500 to 699 and 800 level); Courses restricted to students registered in The Graduate School, seniors with an average of at least 3.50, and other students who have been granted permission to enroll by the dean of The Graduate School. The numbers 600 (on campus) and 610 (off campus) are available for credit in thesis research in all graduate major programs. The numbers 601 and 611 do not denote conventional courses but are used for non-credit special registration for thesis preparation by a Ph.D. candidate. Beginning fall semester 2006, 800 level courses on a graduate transcript are professional graduate level courses.

MEDICAL COLLEGE COURSES (700 to 799); Courses in the 700 to 799 series are restricted to students working in the M.D. program.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE COURSES (800 to 899); Prior to spring semester 2003, these were general courses accepted in fulfillment of requirements for the associate degree. Credits received for 800-series associate courses may be applicable to a particular baccalaureate degree program at the discretion of the appropriate college and major department.

Course Suffixes

Letters are frequently used following a course or section number.

The letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, I, and K appear after certain courses where the course content or title differs from the basic course description. They are frequently used for identifying unique titles for special topics courses (i.e., 297, 497, and 597).

Summary of course suffixes
Symbol Meaning
H Honors courses or sections
J Individualized instruction courses
M Honors and writing intensive courses
S First-Year Seminar courses
T First-Year Seminar with honors
U United States Cultures and International Cultures, and honors
V United States Cultures and International Cultures
W Writing intensive courses
X First-Year Seminar courses and writing intensive
Y United States Cultures and International Cultures, and writing intensive courses
L, P, R Lecture, Practicum (or laboratory), and Recitation sections

Basis for Grades

Grades shall be assigned to individual students on the basis of the instructor's judgment of the student's scholastic achievement using the grading system below.

Grading System

For undergraduate and graduate students, the grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, D, and F indicate a gradation in quality from Excellent to Failure and are assigned the following grade-point equivalents:

Undergraduate and Graduate

Summary of the undergraduate and graduate grading system
Grade Grade-Point Equivalent
A 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.00
D 1.00
F 0


Summary of the Medical Grading System
Grade Meaning
H Honors
HP High Pass
P Pass
LP Low Pass
F Fail

Graduate average computed on the basis of earned grades in 400-, 500-, 600-, and 800- level courses.

D, F - failing grades for graduate students

Plus and minus values were added to the undergraduate grading system fall semester 1987, to The Graduate School system in fall semester 1995. Student is in good standing unless stated otherwise.

Incomplete Grade Symbols

Summary of incomplete grade symbols
Symbol Meaning
NG No Grade Reported
DF Deferred

Other Symbols

Other grade symbols used as part of the grading system
Symbol Meaning
P Pass
PS Pass
AU Audit
R Research
W Withdrawal
SA Satisfactory
NDC Not Degree Credit
S Proficiency Exam Passed
FL Fail
XF Fail, Academic Dishonesty
WP Late Drop Passing
WF Late Drop Failing
WN Late Drop No Grade
UN Unsatisfactory
INCP & I Incomplete Average
CRX Credit by Examination

Method of Calculation of Grade Points

The number of grade points obtained by a student in any course shall be computed by multiplying the number of credits in the course by the grade-point equivalent of the grade in the course. Courses taken under the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading system are not used in computing grade points.

Example: History 020, three credits, grade B, produces nine grade points; and Mathematics 021, three credits, grade F, produces zero grade points.