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Grade Scales - Undergraduate Studies

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Since its founding in 1948, Ryerson has evolved considerably to become Canada's leader in career-focused education: 1948 to 1963, Ryerson Institute of Technology; 1963 to 1993, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute; June 1993, Ryerson Polytechnic University; 2002, Ryerson University. The first graduate programs were offered in 2000.

Letter Grades Performance Designation Grade Points Conversion to Letter Grades
A+ Excellent 4.33 90-100%*
A 4.00 85-89%*
A- 3.67 80-84%
B+ Good 3.33 77-79%
B 3.00 73-76%
B- 2.67 70-72%
C+ Satisfactory 2.33 67-69%
C 2.00 63-66%
C- 1.67 60-62%
D+ Marginal 1.33 57-59%
D 1.00 53-56%
D- 0.67 50-52%
F Unsatisfactory 0 0-49%
F-S Redeemable Failure 0 NIL
FNA Failed for Non-attendance 0 NIL

*Effective January 2013 to August 2013, this scale was applied to all Faculties except the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science and the Faculty of Science. Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science and the Faculty of Science came into effect September 2013.

The final percentage grade in a course will be rounded to an integer as per standard mathematical practice before converting to a letter grade. For example, 49.5% would be rounded to 50% and 49.3% would be rounded to 49%. Refer to Senate Policy #46 "Policy on Undergraduate Grading, Promotion, and Academic Standing" for complete details.

AEG Aegrotat
Not included in GPA calculation
AUD Audit
CHG Challenge Credit
CNC Course not for credit in current program
CRT Transfer Credit (equivalent course)
DEF Deferred (only assigned during investigation of academic misconduct)
EXN Exemption
GNR Grade not reported
GRADE PENDING The mark has not been submitted by the instructor
INC Incomplete
INP In Progress
IP The In-Progress grade is shown in the first term of the two-term course. In the following term, you will see the final grade
NSC Transfer Credit (non specific course)
PSD Acceptable Performance

Please refer to the calendar for verification of any program Academic Standing Variations.

Clear A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67.
Probationary A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.00 to 1.66.
Required to Withdraw A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of less than 1.00; or a Term GPA below 1.67 while on probation; or violation of any approved Department/School standing variation; or violation of a Probationary Contract.
Standing Variation Withdrawal (SVW) A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 1.67, but the programs standing variation requirements have not been met.
Disciplinary Suspension Academic Misconduct.
Disciplinary Withdrawn Academic Misconduct.

Degrees: Ryerson began granting degrees in the Spring of 1972. Programs were either three or four years in length; many four-year programs award diplomas after the third year. Various programs were available on a part-time basis.

Diplomas: Programs leading to a diploma were three academic years (six semesters) in length.

Certificates: Programs leading to a certificate varied in length.

All courses are designated by three letters and three digits. The letters identify the subject area. Numbers beginning with zero are two-semesters/year course numbers. Numbers beginning with a digit other than zero are one-semester course numbers.

Course Number Subject Area Course Name
MEC 204 Mechanical Technology Mechanics of Materials

MEC 204 is a one-term course in Mechanical Technology.

Multi-term Course: Courses taken over multiple terms are identified using an A (for the first term) or B (for the second term) ex. NSE 11A/B. Multi-term courses only appear on the transcript under the second term (ex. NSE 11B) and once both terms are completed and the course is graded. Prior to 2005, these courses were identified using three letters and three digits, ex. NSE 011.

 


 

The following grade scales, and standing and continuance policies are not in effect as of Fall 2013 and are provided for historical information only.

September 1988 - August 2013

In September 1988, Ryerson expanded its grade point system, adopted cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), and revised its academic standing continuance policies.

All Undergraduate Programs
(Except Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science and Faculty of Science - See below.)

Letter Grades Performance Designation Grade Points Conversion to Letter Grades
A+ Excellent 4.33 90-100%*
A 4.00 85-89%*
A- 3.67 80-84%
B+ Good 3.33 77-79%
B 3.00 73-76%
B- 2.67 70-72%
C+ Satisfactory 2.33 67-69%
C 2.00 63-66%
C- 1.67 60-62%
D+ Marginal 1.33 57-59%
D 1.00 53-56%
D- 0.67 50-52%
F Unsatisfactory 0 0-49%
F-S Redeemable Failure 0 NIL
FNA** Failed for Non-attendance 0 NIL

*From September 1988 to August 1991, the conversion for these two grades was: A+ 95-100; A 85-94.

**Effective September 1996.

AEG Aegrotat
Not included in GPA calculation
AUD Audit
CHG Challenge Credit
CNC Course not for credit in current program
CRT Transfer Credit (equivalent course)
DEF Deferred (only assigned during investigation of academic misconduct)
EXN Exemption
GNR Grade not reported
GRADE PENDING The mark has not been submitted by the instructor
INC Incomplete
INP In Progress
IP The In-Progress grade is shown in the first term of the two-term course. In the following term, you will see the final grade
NSC Transfer Credit (non specific course)
PSD Acceptable Performance

Please refer to the calendar for verification of any program Academic Standing Variations

Clear A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.00.
Probationary A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 1.00 to 1.99.
Required to Withdraw A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of less than 1.00; or a Term GPA below 2.00 while on probation; or violation of any approved Department/School standing variation; or violation of a Probationary Contract.
Permanent Program Withdrawal Any academic performance that would result in a Required to Withdraw standing for the second time; or failure of a required course for a third time.
Disciplinary Suspension Second Academic Misconduct.
Disciplinary Withdrawn Third Academic Misconduct.

Please refer to the calendar for verification of any program Academic Standing Variations

Clear A GPA of at least 2.00, and at least a minimum passing grade (or non-graded course credit) in each registered course.
Conditional A GPA of 1.50 to 1.99, but with no failed grades; or one or more INC grade but with no failed courses; or only one failed course but with a GPA of at least 2.00.
Probationary A cumulative GPA of 1.00 to 1.49, or only one failed grade but with a grade point average of 1.50 to 1.99; or two failed grades; or a second successive academic term resulting in a Conditional standing.
Suspended A GPA of less than 1.00; or three or more failed courses; or failing to achieve the study plan established following a Probationary Standing; or failing to complete the program within its maximum time limit.
Withdrawn Failing to achieve the requirements for reinstatement following a Suspended standing.
Not Calculated Academic Standing and Grade Point Average are not calculated until a minimum of three courses have been completed and graded.
Disciplinary Suspension Second Academic Misconduct.
Disciplinary Withdrawn Third Academic Misconduct.

Students who were enrolled in a program prior to Fall 1987 and whose academic standings were adversely limited by the new policies had their academic performances in 1988-89 and 1989-90 reviewed in terms of the programs' promotion policies of the 1987-88 academic year. Students who first enrolled in their program prior to Fall 1988 and whose graduation eligibilities may have been adversely limited by the new policies had their eligibilities to graduate assessed in terms of the programs' published graduation policies as of the 1987-88 academic year; if the superseded policies were less onerous, an appropriate improvement in the student's eligibility to graduate resulted; this provision expired August 31, 1993. Commencing in September 1989, Continuing Education students studying for a Certificate are admitted to a program. These students are not assigned an academic standing, but to graduate they must fulfill the graduation requirements as approved by Senate. Students who registered for a Certificate program prior to Fall 1989 are not subject to the new policy.

Course Weights - for the purpose of calculating grade point averages, courses of one term and two terms in duration have been given weights of 1 and 2 respectively, with provision for variation from this norm under exceptional circumstances.

Letter Grades Performance Designation Grade Points Conversion to Letter Grades
A+ Excellent 4.33 90-100%*
A 4.00 85-89%*
A- 3.67 80-84%
B+ Good 3.33 75-79%
B 3.00 70-74%
B- 2.67 66-69%
C+ Satisfactory 2.33 63-65%
C 2.00 60-62%
C- 1.67 57-59%
D+ Marginal 1.33 54-56%
D 1.00 52-53%
D- 0.67 50-51%
F Unsatisfactory 0 0-49%
F-S Redeemable Failure 0 NIL
FNA** Failed for Non-attendance 0 NIL

*From September 1988 to August 1991, the conversion for these two grades was: A+ 95-100; A 85-94.

**Effective September 1996.

Please refer to the calendar for verification of any program Academic Standing Variations

Clear See description above — all programs
Conditional A GPA of 1.85 to 1.99 but with no failed grades; OR one or more INC grade but with no failed courses; OR only one failed course but with a GPA of at least 2.00.
Probationary A cumulative GPA of 1.00 to 1.84; OR only one failed grade but with a grade point average of 1.85 to 1.99; OR two failed grades; OR a second successive academic term resulting in a Conditional standing.
Suspended See description above — all programs
Withdrawn See description above — all programs
Not Calculated See description above — all programs
Disciplinary Suspension Second Academic Misconduct.
Disciplinary Withdrawn Third Academic Misconduct.

September 1987 - August 1988

In September 1987 Ryerson expanded its grading system and adopted the following grade points:

Letter Grades Performance Description Grade Points Conversion to Letter Grades
A+ Exceptional 8.0 90-100%
A Excellent 7.0 80-89%
B+ Very Good 6.0 75-79%
B Good (above average) 5.0 70-74%
C+ Satsifactory 4.0 65-69%
C Adequate 3.0 60-64%
D+ Passing 2.0 55-59%
D Minimum Passing 1.0 50-54%
F Failed 0.0 0-49%
F-S Redeemable Failure 0.0 0-49%
AEG Aegrotat
AUD Audit
CHG Challenge Credit
CNC Course Not for Credit (in current program)
CRT Credit (equivalent course)
EXN Exemption
GNR Grade Not Reported by Department
INC Incomplete
INP In Progress
NSC Credit (non-specific course)
PSD Passed (no other grading of performance)
September 1984 - August 1987

In September 1984, Ryerson expanded its grading system and adopted the following numeric equivalents:

Letter Grades Performance Description Conversion to Letter Grades
A+ Exceptional 90-100%
A Excellent 80-89%
B+ Very Good 75-79%
B Good (above average) 70-74%
C+ Satsifactory 65-69%
C Adequate 60-64%
D+ Passing 55-59%
D Minimum Passing 50-54%
F Failed 0-49%
F-S Redeemable Failure 0-49%
AEG Aegrotat
AUD Audit
CHG Challenge Credit
CNC Course Not for Credit (in current program)
CRT Credit (equivalent course)
EXN Exemption
GNR Grade Not Reported by Department
INC Incomplete
INP In Progress
NSC Credit (non-specific course)
PSD Passed (no other grading of performance)
1970 - August 1984

In Winter 1969, Ryerson adopted a course promotion system in lieu of promoting students on the basis of an overall average. Under course promotion, students needed to repeat only failed courses. Academic status was determined on the basis of overall performance. A number of programs operated on course promotion during the 1968-69 and 1969-70 academic years. All programs changed over to this system in September 1970, and under this system, numeric grades were dropped and the following grades introduced:

Pass Grades
A Excellent
B Good
C Average
D Minimum
PSD Passed (no other grading of performance
AEG Aegrotat
Non-Pass Grades
X Failed, must repeat course
INC Incomplete
X - S Failed with supplemental examination privileges
Other Designations
CR Course Credit
EXP Exemption
NG Student registered, no grade reported

May Continue:
Student has successfully completed all courses in a term and is eligible to register in the following program:

May Continue- See Department for Courses: Student has not successfully completed all courses taken during a term, but is eligible to register in the following term:

On Probation - See Department for Courses: Student must determine the condition under which they may continue in the program by consulting the Program Chair/Director.

Ineligible to Continue: Student has not cleared all requirements necessary to proceed to the next level of the program.

Final Term Review for Graduation: Student's academic record will be reviewed to ensure that all graduation requirements have been met.

Must Withdraw from Program: Student not eligible to return to the program (issued after consideration given to a student's academic performance).

1965 - 1970

In the academic year 1965-66, a semester system in which the academic year consisted of two semesters, was instituted for Business Administration and Engineering Technology programs; other programs remained on the yearly basis. The Hotel program was run on both systems, the first year being semesterized, while the second and third years remained as year programs.

Each academic year was made up of two terms in the following pattern: Semesters 1 and 2 - First Year; Semesters 3 and 4 - Second Year; Semesters 5 and 6 - Third Year. Any semester could occur in one of three terms: Fall, Winter and Summer. The trimester system was discontinued in 1971, and admission then occurred in the fall only. The summer semester was replaced by a shorter Summer School.

Note: A special accelerated, combined semester of Semesters 1 and 2 in Business Administration and Engineering Technology was offered to graduates of Grade 13. This special program was considered equivalent to first year. It was discontinued for Business Administration after the Fall term of 1967, and for Engineering Technology after the Fall term of 1970.

Up to September 1969, all students were assessed using overall averages for each semester or year. Students were rated on a scale of marks ranging from 1 to 100, with 50 being a passing mark in individual courses. An overall average of 60 was necessary for promotion.

Grades Overall Grades Course Marks
First Class Standing - I 75% - 100% 75 - 100%
Second Class Standing - II 66% - 74% 66 - 74%
Third Class Standing - III 60% - 65% 60 - 65%
Credit - C 50% - 59% 50 - 59%
Failure - F 0% - 49% below 50%
AEG Aegrotat standing (standing granted for illness at exam time)
C Credit (a subject mark between 50 and 59)
DE Direct Entry (admission to an advanced semester/year)
DNW Did Not Write (did not write final exam in the course)
EX or EXP Exemption (previously covered the course adequately)
F or FLD Failed Course
M Mark in course not included in student's overall average
PSD Passed
SEM Semester (one-half an academic year)
T Term mark only

Note: In the early years of Ryerson, many programs were only two years in length.

Before 1965

Before 1965, all Ryerson programs were run on a yearly basis: marks shown are final, year by year. In the early years, course marks were shown as grades in Roman numerals.

Grades Overall Grades Course Marks
First Class Standing - I 75% - 100% 75 - 100%
Second Class Standing - II 66% - 74% 66 - 74%
Third Class Standing - III 60% - 65% 60 - 65%
Credit - C 50% - 59% 50 - 59%
Failure - F 0% - 49% below 50%