Examinations & Grading
The University Registrar's Office manages the final exam schedule process for all programs, except Tepper School of Business graduate courses and Heinz College graduate courses. We also produce the grading timeline and are responsible for the posting of grades to the student information system.
Final exams occur during the designated final exam days posted on the official Academic Calendar. Generally, the final exam schedule is posted by the fifth week of classes.
Students are encouraged to check with their faculty regarding exam dates and times prior to making travel plans. Leading up to an exam, students should check the schedule often as changes to dates, times and locations may occur.
Grading Policy & Options
Carnegie Mellon's grading policy offers details concerning university grading principles for students taking courses, whether those students are undergraduates, non-degree students or graduate students. The policy covers the specifics of assigning and changing grades (including final and mid-semester grades, incompletes and conditional failures), grading options (audit and pass/fail), drop/withdrawals, and course repeats, as well as defines the undergraduate and graduate grading standards.
Questions about grading for a specific course should be addressed to the instructor of the course in question. Graduate students with questions about pass/fail and drop/withdrawal should contact their individual programs. Appeals for an exception to any grading policy may be made to the dean's office of the student's home college.
Course Audit Information
Auditing is presence in a classroom without receiving academic credit or a letter grade. The extent of participation must be arranged and approved by the course instructor. Students wishing to audit a course are required to register for the course, obtain the permission of the instructor and advisor, and complete and return the Course Audit Approval (pdf) form to the University Registrar's Office prior to the tenth day of classes. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for deadlines.
Once a Course Audit Approval form is submitted to the University Registrar's Office, a letter grade will not be assigned for the course. Students choosing to audit a course are required to pay their student account by the payment deadline. View our frequently asked questions for more information.
Students may choose to receive a grade of pass or fail as opposed to receiving a grade through the standard grading system. Students who wish to receive pass/fail grading must register for the course, obtain the permission of their advisor, and complete and return the Pass/Fail Approval (pdf) form to the University Registrar's Office by the pass/fail deadline for that course. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for deadlines.
Once a Pass/Fail form is submitted to the University Registrar's Office, a letter grade will not be assigned for the course. Students choosing to take a course pass/fail are required to pay their student account by the payment deadline.