Grading Policies

Since the fall term of 2004, Princeton’s grading policy has set a common grading standard for the University, under which As (A+, A, A-) shall account for less than 35% of the grades given in undergraduate courses and less than 55% of the grades given in junior and senior independent work. The goal of this policy is to provide fair and consistent standards across the University.

The Faculty has agreed that grades in the A range signify work that is exceptional (A+), outstanding (A) or excellent (A-). Grades in the B range signify work that is very good (B+), good (B) or more than adequate (B-). Grades in the C range signify work that is acceptable in varying degrees.

The Faculty Committee on Grading monitors the distribution of grades and reports results to departments and programs each fall. The committee asks that chairs review the grading distributions in their departments or programs and use the data as the basis for meaningful discussions of grading practices. In addition, the committee works with the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and other colleagues to assist faculty and to foster broader conversations about the evaluation of student work. 

For further information, please review the website of the Office of the Dean of the College.