Explaining a Transcript

Imagine for a moment with us: After much anticipation, your student receives his or her transcript from our office! Excitedly, they begin to review it, but in the process, they find themselves saying, "What does that funny-looking symbol mean?" or "An 'NR' grade...what's that?" Inevitably, they turn to you for the answer(s)...

We here in the Office of the Registrar understand that reading a transcript can be a bit confusing. Therefore, we have put together the following information to help you and your student better understand a transcript. We hope that you find this information to be of assistance, and as always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to either e-mail or call our office (319-273-2241), and we will be glad to assist you!

  Accreditation

The University of Northern Iowa is fully accredited by the Commission of Institutions of Higher Education of the Northern Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information about North Central Association accreditation, please contact the NCA at (312) 263-0456 or use their website

Former Names

Marking Systems

From 1878-1929, various marking systems were used. For specific information, please contact our office.

Since Fall 1929, grades and grade points have been awarded as follows: Added (A); Discontinued (D); and Special (X) dates are noted. 

Grade Grade Points Grade Grade Points
A 4.00 C 2.00
A- 3.67 C- 1.67
B+ 3.33 D+ 1.33
B 3.00 D 1.00
B- 2.67 D- .67
C+ 2.33 F 0.00

 

Notation Description Notation Description
CR Credit U Unfinished
I Incomplete X Credit by Exam
NC No Credit W Withdrawn
NR Grade Not Reported or Lab Grade Not Required WF Withdrew Failing
P Pass or Proficiency WP Withdrew Passing
RC Research/Course Continued    

Special Symbols

Symbol Description Symbol Description
R Repeated Course & Graduate Credit While Senior
* Corrected Grade % Regression
# Course Repeater/Substitute > Duplication
< Ungraded Option Only = Restricted Credit
@ Audit Enrollment H Honors Course

NOTE. More than one special symbol may be used for an individual course. Any special symbol listed adjacent to a blank course title line belongs to the course immediately preceding.

Converted Records

The University converted to a machine record with the Fall semester 1983. A student enrolled both before and after Spring 1982 will have two records. One record will be black on purple produced by xerography. The other will be black on purple produced by computer. An * next to the individual's student number indicates that a second record exists.

During the 1994 Spring semester, we converted from a two digit numeric to a three digit numeric/alpha department number designation. All course records back to 1983 were converted to the three digit system.

Credit

Credit shown on transcripts of records may be in either or both quarter and semester hours. Credit earned prior to summer 1957 is always in quarter hours. Credit earned beginning summer 1957 is in semester hours.

Course Numbers

From 1876-1957, various course numbering systems were used during this time period. For specific information, please contact our office.

Summer 1957 through Summer 2011:

Course Numbers Description
0-99 Designed primarily for freshman and sophomores.
100-199 Designed primarily for juniors, seniors, and graduates.*
(NOTE. *Courses numbered 100g-199g and 200-399 are offered for graduate credit)
200-299 Open to graduate students only.
300-399 Open to doctoral candidates only.

Fall 2011 to Present:

Courses are designated by an alpha subject field (up to eight characters) and 4-digit course number. The alpha subject field refers to the department or area of the course; the number refers to the specific course (e.g., For a course designated as ART 3011, "ART" refers to the Department of Art, and the "3011" refers to the course). 

For more information, please feel free to contact our office or to consult the University Catalog.

Course Numbers Description
0000-0999 Non-credit courses, and courses that are offered to non-matriculated students (e.g., students in CIEP).
1000-1999 Introductory, elementary, and general education courses that are appropriate for first-year students and others with no special background. A course in this series will have few, if any, prerequisites.
2000-2999 Lower-level undergraduate courses; those that, ideally, are taken by second, and perhaps, third year students. These courses might build on materials and knowledge from the 1000 series courses and may have prerequisites.
3000-3999 Upper-level undergraduate courses, courses for majors, courses which require significant prerequisites. (NOTE. This is comparable to the aforementioned numbering of 100-level junior level courses or 100g-level junior level courses that can be taken for graduate credit. Courses which were 100g-level courses will also shadow with a 5000-series course number, which will be used specifically for graduate student registration in the course).
4000-4999 Advanced upper-level undergraduate courses including seminars, advanced independent student courses, honors thesis work, etc. (NOTE. This is comparable to the aforementioned numbering of 100g-level courses that can be taken for graduate credit. Courses which were 100g-level courses will also shadow with a 5000-series course number, which will be used specifically for graduate student registration in the course).
5000-5999 Introductory graduate, or first year graduate courses. (NOTE. These numbers are used only as shadow numbers for the aforementioned 100g-level courses numbers in 3000-3999 and 4000-4999 series specifically for graduate student registration in the course.
6000-6999 Upper-level graduate courses. (NOTE. These numbers are used only for courses that were aforementioned as 200-level courses).
7000-7999 Doctoral courses (NOTE. These numbers are used only for courses that were aforementioned as 300-level).

Graduate Transfer Credit

Graduate transfer credit is added to a student's record if the student is a degree candidate and if the credit is applicable to the degree being sought.

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