Grades are recorded for all students registered in a course for credit or a noncredit certificate. Students can access grades for the current term and their entire academic transcript through MyNewSchool. The university does not automatically mail paper copies of grades to students. Students who need an official copy of their grades for the current term can request it through MyNewSchool.
Grade Point Average
The semester grade point average is computed at the end of each term by multiplying the number of credits earned in each course by the numerical value associated with the grade received in that course. The grade points for all courses are totaled and then divided by the total number of graded credits attempted, including failed courses, if any. The numerical value of each grade is as follows:
|A = 4.0
||C+ = 2.3
|A- = 3.7
||C = 2.0
|B+ = 3.3
||C- = 1.7
|B = 3.0
||D = 1.0 (valid for undergraduates only)
|B– = 2.7
||F, WF (withdraw failure) = 0.0
Grades Not Included in GPA
W = Withdraw
I = Temporary Incomplete
N = Permanent Incomplete
P = Pass (credits count toward degree)
U = Unsatisfactory (credits do not count toward degree)
AP = Approved (noncredit certificate)
NA = Not Approved (noncredit certificate)
GM = Grade Not Reported
The cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned (quality points) by the total number of graded credits attempted. Credits transferred from another institution are not included in the cumulative grade point average.
I (Incomplete) grades for undergraduates are converted to WF at the end of the seventh week of the following fall semester for spring and summer courses and the seventh week of the following spring semester for fall courses. Blank grades for undergraduates are converted to WF four weeks after the last class. I (Incomplete) and GM grades for graduate students at Parsons The New School for Design and Mannes College The New School for Music are converted to WF one year after the end of the class. At The New School for Drama, The New School for Social Research, and The New School for Public Engagement, I and GM grades for graduate students are converted to N one year after the end of the class.
All students who wish to request a grade of Incomplete should complete the Request for a Grade of Incomplete Form (PDF) with their instructors.
Graduate students who retake a class to complete an Incomplete grade are expected to register and pay for the class as an audit.
In unusual circumstances, NSSR PhD students (only) can request a six-month extension for an Incomplete. This extension requires the signature of the instructor, department chair, and assistant dean of Academic Affairs. Following that, the PhD student may request one additional six-month extension with documentation of the extenuating circumstances necessitating the request. This extension must also be approved by the instructor, department chair, and assistant dean of Academic Affairs. Students must complete the Extension of Incomplete Petition Form (PDF) and obtain the necessary signature approvals. The form is also available in the NSSR Office of Student Academic Affairs. In no case will an Incomplete be extended for a PhD student for more than two years. For the small number of students with very serious situations who need to appeal a permanent Incomplete, the division provides a Petition for Removal of a Grade of Permanent Incomplete (N) (PDF). Petitions can also be found in the NSSR Office of Academic Affairs. Students who choose to take Incompletes in coursework remain responsible for meeting all deadlines specified by the Incompletes policy. A leave of absence does not stop the clock on final deadlines for students choosing grades of Incomplete. Students who face unusual circumstances or have been approved for a medical leave of absence can appeal for special extensions on Incompletes.
Change of Grade
Final grades are subject to revision by the instructor with the approval of the dean's office for one semester following the term in which the course was offered (one year for graduate students). After that time has elapsed, all grades recorded in the Registrar's Office become a permanent part of the academic record, and no changes are allowed.
Grade Appeal Policy
Students can petition for an academic grade review by following the procedure outlined below within 60 days after the grade was issued. Before deciding to appeal for a grade change, the student should request a verbal explanation of the basis of the grade from the instructor. If the student is not satisfied with the explanation, he or she can appeal the grade according to the following steps:
- The student submits a letter outlining any questions and/or objections directly to the faculty member, with a copy to the department chair or director. (If the faculty member is also the chair or director, the copy should be sent to the dean's office.)
- The instructor submits a written response to the letter within one month of receipt, with a copy to the department chair or director or to the dean's office if the faculty member is also the chair or director.
- If the student is not satisfied with the faculty member's written response, he or she can appeal further by writing and sending copies of previous communications to the dean's office designee. This designee will convene an appeals committee to review both letters, resolve any outstanding questions or issues, and make a recommendation to the dean of the school. The dean's decision is final.