Students are not ranked until they complete their first year of study. Thereafter, rankings are done at the end of every semester and summer session, once all grades are reported. The following system of ranking students by their grade point averages are in effect:
- The top 10 percent in each class may be informed of their exact rank;
- The grade point averages at the 12.5 percentile and 37.5 percentile will be posted; and
- The above will constitute the entire ranking system.
For the complete policy and information on the ranking of current and past classes, please see Class Ranking [pdf].
Grades will be awarded on a scale of 1.5 to 4.3. No academic credit shall be given for a grade below 1.8 or a grade of "Fail." A 2.1 average (the lowest “C” average) will be required for retention and graduation. A numerical grade may be translated into a letter grade for purposes of comparison as follows:
4.3 – 4.2 = A+
4.1 – 3.9 = A
3.8 – 3.6 = A-
3.5 – 3.3 = B+
3.2 – 3.0 = B
2.9 – 2.7 = B-
2.6 – 2.4 = C +
2.3 – 2.1 = C
2.0 – 1.8 = D
1.7 – 1.5 = F
For the complete policy and information on Grading at the University of Iowa, please see Grading Policy [pdf].