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Release of Information

When a transcript is received by an organization, it cannot be released to another person, agency or organization except to officials internal to your own organization or agency who have a reasonable business use for the information.

Release to other parties requires written consent of the student. For more information on student record privacy, please visit thePrivacy and Release of Student Record Information webpageand the Release of Student Education Records University Policy (FERPA) (pdf).

Transcript Authenticity

A transcript is official when it bears the facsimile signature of the university registrar and the university seal.

If you have questions about the authenticity of a transcript, please submit a Help Request.


The Ohio State University (Columbus, Lima, Mansfield, Marion, Newark, and the Agricultural Technical Institute, Wooster, Ohio) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a degree-granting institution at the associate, baccalaureate, masters, professional and doctoral levels.

Good Standing/Probation/Dismissal

To remain in good standing an undergraduate student must maintain a 2.0 GPA. Probation is posted as formal notice that a judgment on the dismissal of a student will be made following the subsequent semester based on academic progress that semester. Students may be placed on probation by accumulating a deficiency of 15 or more credit points below that required for a 2.0 GPA or by special action of the college when preparation, progress, or the success with their Academic Program is determined to be unsatisfactory. When students do not make satisfactory progress in meeting the conditions placed by the college or school probation, they are dismissed. Dismissed students are ineligible to re-enroll until reinstated by any college or school within the university.


  • The semester system replaced the quarter system for the university in summer 2012.
  • The semester system replaced the quarter system for the College of Law in autumn 1984.
  • The quarter system replaced the semester system in autumn 1922.
  • The university operated on a semester calendar until autumn 1922

Grading System

Letter GradeDescription of Letter GradePoints
AExcellent4.0 Pts
A-Excellent3.7 Pts
B+Above Average3.3 Pts
BAbove Average3.0 Pts
B-Above Average2.7 Pts
C+Average2.3 Pts
CAverage2.0 Pts
C-Average1.7 Pts
D+Poor1.3 Pts
DPoor1.0 Pts
EFailure0 Pts
EMExamination Credit0 Pts
ENFailure-Non Attendance0 Pts
IIncomplete0 Pts
IPIn Progress0 Pts
IXExtension of Incomplete0 Pts
KTransferred Credit0 Pts
KDTransferred Credit: original grade of D + or D0 Pts
KMTransferred Credit: awarded for placement testing0 Pts
NPNon-Pass0 Pts
NGGrade unreported by instructor0 Pts
NENEN grade for PA/NP course0 Pts
PProgress0 Pts
PAPass0 Pts
RRegistered to Audit0 Pts
SSatisfactory0 Pts
UUnsatisfactory0 Pts
UENEN grade for S/U course0 Pts
WWithdrew0 Pts

Plus and minus values were added Winter Quarter 1976.

A # notation preceding a grade denotes a course involved in the substitution of marks (forgiveness) - see Recalculation of Averages.

Emergency Grading System

In times of exceptional circ*mstances, the university may invoke an emergency pass grading system. The Exceptional Circ*mstances system is applied broadly toundergraduate and graduate courses that are traditionally graded A-E,replacing lowerlettergradeswith an Emergency Pass (PE) mark.When a PE mark is recorded, credits are earned toward graduation, but the PE is not calculated into the grade-point average.

For undergraduate students, D+ and D grades convert to a mark of PE. For graduate students, grades of C+ through D convert to a mark of PE. E grades convert to a mark of NP (no pass), and EN grades convert to a mark of NEN (no pass, non-attendance).

Grading System (Law Only)

Letter GradeNumerical GradeGrade Point Value
A93-1004.0 Pts
A-90-923.7 Pts
B+87-893.3 Pts
B83-863.0 Pts
B-80-822.7 Pts
C+77-792.3 Pts
C70-762.0 Pts
D65-691.0 Pts
E60-640.0 Pts

Grading Marks No Longer In Use

Grading MarkGrading DescriptionPointsTimeFrame
E AbsFailed Absent0 pts(Summer 1922-Summer 1955)
FFailed Absent0 pts(Summer 1955-Autumn 1958)
HHonors (Medicine Only)0 pts(Autumn 1963-Summer 1973)
INCIncomplete0 pts(Summer 1922-Summer 1955)
NNone Required0 pts(Summer 1955-Autumn 1958)
RFinal Mark Reported at End of Sequence0 pts(Summer 1955-Autumn 1958)
TTemporarily Excused0 pts(Summer 1955-Summer 1973)
UAudit0 pts(Summer 1955-Autumn 1958)
WFWithdrew Failing0 pts(Summer 1970-Summer 1973)
WPWithdrew Passing0 pts(Summer 1970-Summer 1973)
XPermanently Excused0 pts(Summer 1955-Summer 1973)
*Missing Grade0 pts(Through 1985)

Special Course Number Notations

Special Course Number NotationSpecial Course Notation Description
E suffixHonors embedded course
H suffixHonors course or honors version of a course
S suffixService Learning course
T suffixTechnical course (part of a two year technical program)

Graduate Credit

All courses appearing once the student enters the Graduate School carry credit toward a graduate degree and are calculated in the graduate totals except where the statement "Undergraduate Grade Option" appears by the course. This indicates the course was taken for undergraduate credit only and has no effect on the calculation of the Graduate School totals.

Honors Credit

An "H" prefix to the course number indicates an honors course or honors version of a course (effective July 1969)

Technical Credit

A "T" prefix indicates a technical course which is part of a two year technical program. Some credit may later be

Recalculation of Grades

FORGIVENESS OR SUBSTITUTION OF GRADES: Students may petition their enrollment unit to repeat a course, and after completing the course the second time, have the original course credit and grade excluded from the calculation of the student’s cumulative point-hour ratio, but remain on the student’s official permanent record. The course or courses being substituted or repeated will bear the symbol "#" to the left of the grade.

Enrollment Status Definition


Full Time12+ Credit Hours
Three Quarters Time9-11.99 Credit Hours
Half Time6-8.99 Credit Hours
Less than Half Time0-5.99 Credit Hours

Graduate & Professional

Full Time8+ Credit Hours
Three Quarters Time6-7.99 Credit Hours
Half Time4-5.99 Credit Hours
Less than Half Time0-3.99 Credit Hours

University Class Ranking System

Student rank in all undergraduate colleges is based on total credit hours completed and recorded. Graduate students are not ranked. Professional students are ranked according to progress within their curriculum.


RankEarned Hours
Senior90 and up


RankEarned Hours
Senior135 and up

Course Numbering System

Course NumberingExplanation
1000-1099UG (Undergraduate) - Non-Credit Courses Non-credit courses for orientation, remedial, or other non-college-level experiences. These are courses in addition to a program's graduation requirements.
1100-1999UG - Introductory Level Undergraduate Courses Basic courses providing undergraduate credit, but not to be counted toward a major or field of specialization in any department. Courses at this level are beginning courses, required or elective courses that may be prerequisites to other courses.
2000-2999UG - Intermediate Level Undergraduate Courses Intermediate courses providing undergraduate credit and may be counted toward a major or field of specialization.
3000-3999UG - Upper Level Undergraduate Courses Upper Level courses providing undergraduate credit that may be counted toward a major or field of specialization.
4000-4999UG - Advanced Level Undergraduate Courses Advanced Level courses providing undergraduate credit that may be counted toward a major or field of specialization. Graduate students may enroll in and receive graduate credit for 4000-level courses outside their own graduate program.
5000-5999UG and G (Graduate) - Dual Career Level Courses Courses that are regularly offered for both graduate credit and undergraduate credit. Advanced Level courses providing undergraduate credit that may be counted toward a major or field of specialization. Foundational coursework and research providing graudate or professional credit.
6000-6999G - Foundational Level Graduate and Professional Courses Foundational courses and research providing graduate or professional credit.
7000-7999G - Intermediate Level Graduate and Professional Courses Intermediate courses and research providing graduate or professional credit.
8000-8999G - Advanced Level Graduate and Professional Courses Advanced courses and research providing graduate or professional credit.

Semester Conversion

Ohio State's conversion to the semester calendar in Summer 2012 required a recalculation of academic records from quarter hours to the semester equivalent.

On April 15, 2012 the University started this recalculation, multiplying by .67 the cumulative credit hours each student has attempted and completed under the quarter system. The recalculation of cumulative statistics did not change a student's GPA or class rank.

Transcript Format

Transcripts may be received in pdf format. All pdf transcripts will continue to be presented in portrait format and bear a facsimile signature of the university registrar and the university seal. A printed or forwarded copy of a pdf transcript is considered an unofficial copy and will display the words "PRINTED COPY" on all pages. Official pdf transcripts are only transmitted via our agent, Parchment.

Hard copy transcripts will be printed with security features from our automated records system in portrait format. A transcript will be official when it bears the facsimile signature of the university registrar and the university seal in black ink. A black and white or color copy of this document is not an original and should not be accepted as an official institutional document.

Transcript Key - The Ohio State University (2024)


Is D+ passing at Ohio State? ›

Emergency Pass (PE)

When the PE grade scheme is activated, D+ or D grades will automatically change to PE for undergraduate students, and E will be automatically changed to NP. PE and NP marks do not impact your GPA, but you will still earn credit hours for PE marks (no credit hours are earned for NP).

What are transcript keys? ›

A transcript key gives information on how to read grades, symbols, terminology and more on the transcript.

Does Ohio State accept electronic transcripts? ›

When ordering a transcript from your prior school, request that your transcript be sent electronically and select The Ohio State University as a recipient. In the absence of a list of universities to select, have your school email your secured transcript directly.

Does Ohio State require a final transcript? ›

If you submitted scans when you applied, or if you've graduated or completed additional course work since applying, you must now request that each institution submit complete, official transcripts showing all work to date including a final grade and degrees earned.

Is a D+ a pass or fail? ›

At most schools, a D is the lowest passing grade. That means students who earn a D or higher receive credit for the course.

How much will a D+ affect my GPA? ›

Pass/fail courses
Letter GradeGrade Points
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What are the flags on a transcript? ›

There are some positive flags, like “Good Work!” But most flags address negative performance—e.g., “Low Grades,” “Attendance/Participation Concern,” and “In “Danger of Failing.” The flag's name serves as a subject line for the email, and your comments are your message to the student—i.e., your comments define the issue ...

What does an R mean on a transcript? ›

A. Repeated course indicator (R column). Included in GPA and Attempted Hours but deducted from Passed and Earned hours.

What does an H mean on a transcript? ›

Transcript Symbols and Notations

An (H) at the end of a course title indicates an honors course.

How long does osu take to send transcripts? ›

What is the turnaround time when I order my transcript? Most orders will be mailed within three (3) business days for a Standard Request and one (1) business day for Rush Processing. Electronic transcripts will be sent within one (1) business day for a Standard Request and within an hour for Rush Processing.

Does Ohio State look at senior year grades? ›

Your admission is contingent on our review of your final high school transcript. If you fail to maintain the high academic standards under which you were admitted, your admission to Ohio State may be canceled.

Can Ohio schools withhold transcripts? ›

A state institution of higher education, as defined in section 3345.011 of the Revised Code, shall not withhold a student's official transcripts from a potential employer because the student owes money to the institution, provided the student has authorized the transcripts to be sent to the employer and the employer ...

Is the Ohio State University hard to get into? ›

The acceptance rate at Ohio State University is 52.7%.

This means the school is moderately selective.

What is the difference between a transcript and a final transcript? ›

A current official transcript is an official transcript requested before you graduate. A final official transcript is requested after you graduate or exit Sentinel high school. ALL SENIORS GOING TO COLLEGE MUST REQUEST A FINAL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT TO BE GIVEN TO THE COLLEGE THEY WILL BE ATTENDING.

Do colleges care about final transcripts? ›

In general, colleges don't want to rescind offers of admission, but they have the right to rescind offers based on behavior and grades reflected on final transcripts. Two recent incidents highlight the importance of remaining on your best behavior and maintaining your grades during your senior year of high school.

Is a D+ a passing grade on a test? ›

Most colleges and universities generally consider a "D" (or a 60% to 69% score) as a passing grade. It's important to note that this minimum or lowest passing grade standard can significantly vary depending on the institution or major.

What grade is failing at osu? ›

OSU's Grading System
GradeGrade PointsNotation
D1.0 grade point per creditInferior
D-0.7 grade point per credit
F0.0 grade point per creditFailure
GNo grade point per creditReserved for Graduate Credit*
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Can you graduate with a D+ in college? ›

In undergraduate programs, 'D' is typically the lowest passing grade, but passing may not be enough to fulfill graduation requirements. In college, the grading system is typically divided into five letter grades, A, B, C, D, and F. Each letter grade corresponds with a grade point average (GPA) and a numerical range.

What is a passing grade in Ohio? ›

Grades used in GPA calculation
Letter gradeNumerical equivalent (grade point value)Description
C2.00Acceptable (minimally acceptable at the graduate level)
C-1.67Acceptable (not acceptable at the graduate level)
D+1.33Passing (not acceptable at the graduate level)
D1.00Passing (not acceptable at the graduate level)
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