What you need to know

First-year grading is designed to ease your transition to MIT by giving you time to adjust to factors like increased workloads and variations in academic preparation and teaching methods. You start with Pass or No Record (P/D/F) grading during fall and IAP terms and transition to A, B, C, or No Record grades for the spring semester. Standard A-F grading begins in your sophomore year.


Fall and IAP terms

  • You will receive a grade of Pass or No Record in all subjects. P (passing) indicates a C- or better performance. No Record indicates a D or F.
  • Instructors still submit standard letter grades online to the Registrar’s Office. These “hidden” grades are sent to your advisor as a paper report at the end of the term to be shared with you. They are used for advising purposes only.
  • Subjects receiving a P grade will appear on both your grade report and transcript.
  • You will earn no credit for subjects receiving a No Record grade.

Spring term

  • In the spring semester, you are graded on an A, B, C, or No Record (D or F) basis.
  • You will earn no credit for subjects receiving a No Record grade.
  • Subjects with a grade of A, B, or C will appear on both your grade report and transcript.
  • Subjects with a grade of D, F, O, or OX are only reported internally. They appear on your grade report (indicated by an N), but not on your transcript.
  • We calculate GPA for first-year students at the end of the spring semester.