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Course Numbering System

The current course numbers consist of three significant digits. Courses numbered:

  • 100-299 are lower division undergraduate courses
  • 300-499 are upper division undergraduate courses
  • 500 and above are graduate courses

Undergraduate Transcripts

Binghamton University, the State University of New York at Binghamton, has five undergraduate schools: Harpur College of Arts and Sciences (the liberal arts component); the School of Management; the Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences; the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology; and the College of Community and Public Affairs. The descriptions that follow explain the transcripts for each of these undergraduate schools and the information noted thereon.

Unless otherwise noted, the transcript is a complete semester-by-semester record of all courses taken and grades received regardless of whether or not the grade is included in the GPA computation. Binghamton University operates on a year-round schedule that includes a fall and spring semester, as well as winter and summer sessions. Transcripts do not include notations for academic actions of probation, suspension, or dismissal. 

Grades for transfer coursework will be reflected on the transcript with the letter ‘T’.  Binghamton University does not post grades received at other institutions. Transfer coursework will not be included in GPA calculations.

For more information about our undergraduate grading systems, please click here.

The Graduate School at Binghamton University also offers programs in the Arts and Sciences, Management, Nursing, Education, Public and Community Affairs, and Engineering, Applied Science and Technology. Graduate work appears on a separate transcript.

For more information about our graduate grading systems, please click here.

Current Undergraduate Grading System

Unless footnoted to the contrary, all credits that appear on a matriculated student's transcript are applied to progress toward a degree. The grade-point average is calculated on a 4.0 scale.

The following grading system applies to all schools. Any differences will be noted under each individual school.

Grading System
Grade  Description Grade points per hour
A Excellent 4.0
A-   3.7
B+   3.3
B Good 3.0
B-   2.7
C+   2.3
C Satisfactory 2.0
C-   1.7
D Barely Passing 1.0
F Failing 0.0
Grades carrying no grade points
Grade Description
P Passing, an equivalent of D or better
0A, 0B, etc Letter grade, repeat course
0P, 0F Pass/fail a repeated course
MG Missing grade
W Withdrawn
I Incomplete
AU Audit

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences

Rate of Progress and Grade Point Averages. Grades in courses taken prior to June 1985 are not computed in the GPA due to the policies in effect at that time. To maintain satisfactory academic progress, students are required to earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken for credit.

University grading system applies, with the following exceptions:

  • Certain types of Physical Education courses do not factor into the semester or cumulative GPA for Harpur students. The grade for these courses are preceded by a 'P'. Letter grades appear as PA, PA-, PB+, PB, PB-, PC+, PC, PC- or PD. Pass/fail grades appear as PP or PF.

School of Management

Beginning with January 1981, grade-point averages are computed on a student's academic work in all colleges at Binghamton University, including minus grades. Beginning with Fall 1983, Management transcripts reflect academic honors awarded (semester Dean's list).

University grading system applies.

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences

A grade-point average is computed for all courses taken and includes minus grades. Nursing transcripts reflect both academic honors awarded since Spring 1982 (semester Dean's list).

University grading system applies, with the following exception:
Grade Description Grade points per hour
P* Passing Equivalent of C- or better

* Carries no grade points; not figured in semester and cumulative totals

Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology

Present Grading System - A grade-point average is computed for all courses taken and includes minus grades.

University grading system applies with the following exceptions:

  • Certain types of Physical Education courses do not factor into the semester or cumulative GPA for Watson students. The grade for these courses are preceded by a 'P'. Letter grades appear as PA, PA-, PB+, PB, PB-, PC+, PC, PC- or PD. Pass/fail grades appear as PP or PF.

College of Community and Public Affairs

To remain in good academic standing, CCPA students enrolled in degree programs are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the degree. In CCPA, satisfactory progress is defined as maintaining a grade-point average of 2.0 in all courses taken (whether or not in CCPA). The grade-point average is calculated on a 4.0 scale. The January 1981 to Present grading policy remains in effect.

Present Grading System - A grade-point average is computed for all courses taken, and includes minus grades. Effective Fall 1987, CCPA transcripts reflect academic honors awarded (semester Dean's list).

University grading system applies.

Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership

The Department of Teaching, Learning and Educational Leadership offers graduate degree programs in Education.

Grading System: See Graduate School Grading System.

Study Abroad Coursework

Binghamton University-sponsored study abroad coursework will show only a placeholder course in the "Institution Credit" section of the transcript showing no Attempted Hours, Passed Hours, Earned Hours, GPA Hours or Quality Points. The abroad coursework is transfer articulated, and can be found in the "STUDY ABROAD" section of the transcript along with the corresponding Attempted Hours, Passed Hours, Earned Hours, GPA Hours, Quality Points and GPA.

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The Graduate School

The Graduate School at Binghamton University, the State University of New York at Binghamton, encompasses all advanced degree programs in the school of Arts and Sciences, Management, Nursing, Education, Community and Public Affairs, and the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering, Applied Science and Technology. Undergraduate work is indicated on a separate undergraduate transcript.

Current Graduate Grading System

The grading system of the Graduate School applies to all graduate-level courses offered at Binghamton University. A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. The grade-point average is calculated on a 4.0 scale.

NOTE: S/U grading is required for courses 591, 599, 698, and 699. S/U is used at the option of the instructor (not the student) in courses numbered 590, 592-598, and 600-697, S/U may not be used for courses numbered below 590.

Graduate Students Taking Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate coursework taken while a student is enrolled as a graduate student will show on a graduate transcript but carry no grade points and will not count in a graduate GPA nor count toward the completion of a graduate degree. The grade for these courses are followed by a '*'. Letter grades appear as A*, A-*, B+*, B*, B-*, C+*, C*, C-*, D*, or F*. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grades appear as S* or U*.

Sample of graduate student taking undergraduate courses:

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