GPA Reporting For Covid-Affected Semesters

Fall 2020 Reporting of GPA to Employers, Graduate Programs, and Other Organizations 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT instituted emergency academic regulations for the spring 2020 semester. These regulations included the adoption of an alternate grading policy (PE, NE, IE), which is reflected on all students’ transcripts.

Students and recent alumni should use the guidelines below to help represent their GPA accurately on resumes, in Handshake, and in other applicant tracking systems.

Students who have unique circumstances should make an appointment with an advisor to review what to input on resumes and applicant tracking systems. 

Instructions for Undergraduate Students and Recent Alumni: 

Class of 2024 (current first years):

  • Resume: Since there is no GPA for your first semester at MIT, keep your high school GPA on your resume to show a high scholastic aptitude. 
  • For MIT’s Handshake system: The GPA field asks for a numerical value. Please leave this blank to indicate no GPA. You may also select the option to hide your GPA from employers by selecting “Education” in your user profile.
  • For other applicant tracking systems:
    • If the field allows text, enter “GPA: Not Given” or “GPA: Not Applicable” as MIT does not award a GPA during your first semester.
    • If the GPA field only allows numbers, follow the advice for MIT’s Handshake system: leave blank to indicate no GPA.
    • If the field only allows numbers and is required, please enter your high school GPA. Review the applicant tracking system for a “Comment” text field to explain that the GPA listed is your high school GPA, and that MIT does not award grades during the first semester. 

Class of 2023 (current sophomores):

​For current sophomores who took a half-term subject in early 2020 and received a letter grade, you may indicate a GPA as it appears on your transcript. For all other students who did not receive letter grades, please follow the advice below.

  • Resume: Since there was no GPA for your first year at MIT, keep your high school GPA on your resume to show a high scholastic aptitude.
  • For MIT’s Handshake system: The GPA field asks for a numerical value. Please leave this blank to indicate no GPA. If the GPA field asks for a numerical value, leave this blank to indicate no GPA. You may also select the option to hide your GPA from employers by selecting “Education” in your user profile. You will be able to update this field at the end of Fall 2020 semester.
  • For other applicant tracking systems:
    • If the field allows text, enter “GPA: Pass” since it implies you passed your first year. You will be able to update your GPA at the end of the Fall 2020 semester.  
    • If the GPA field only allows numbers, follow the advice for MIT’s Handshake system: leave blank to indicate no GPA.
    • If the field only allows numbers and is required, please enter your high school GPA and then state on your resume that MIT does not award grades in the fall semester for first- year students, and the spring semester moved to Alternate Grading. If needed, reference this link. Review the applicant tracking system for a “Comment” text field to explain that the GPA listed is your high school GPA, and that MIT did not award grades during your first year.

Class of 2022, Class of 2021, Class of 2020 (current juniors and seniors and graduates from May 2020): 

  • Please use your GPA from the end of the Fall 2019 semester for all resumes and applicant systems.
  • If you are applying to graduate or professional school and they inquire about spring 2020 grades, please use this language:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT instituted emergency academic regulations for the Spring 2020 semester. These regulations included the adoption of an alternate grading policy (PE, NE, IE), which is reflected on all students’ transcripts. A PE grade represents performance at A, B, or C level and IE represents an Incomplete. Note that IE grades given during spring 2020 will be reflected on students’ records as IE/PE or IE/NE when completed. Faculty members were discouraged from discussing any student’s specific letter grades or relative standing in Spring 2020 subjects. 


Instructions for Graduate Students (Current and graduates from May 2020):

  • Please use your GPA from the end of the Fall 2019 semester for all resumes and applicant systems.
  • If you are applying to graduate or professional school and they inquire about spring 2020 grades, please use this language:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT instituted emergency academic regulations for the Spring 2020 semester. These regulations included the adoption of an alternate grading policy (PE, NE, IE), which is reflected on all students’ transcripts. A PE grade represents performance at A, B, or C level and IE represents an Incomplete. Note that IE grades given during spring 2020 will be reflected on students’ records as IE/PE or IE/NE when completed. Faculty members were discouraged from discussing any student’s specific letter grades or relative standing in Spring 2020 subjects. 


Spring Semester 2020 Grading Policy

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, MIT instituted emergency academic regulations for the spring 2020 semester. These regulations included the adoption of an alternate grading policy (PE, NE, IE), which is reflected on all students’ transcripts.
  • A PE grade reflects performance at any of the levels A, B, or C.
  • A NE grade indicates a performance at the level of D or F and no record appears on the external transcript.
  • An IE grade represents an Incomplete. For spring 2020, if a student completes the requirements of the course, IE is reflected as follows:
    • IE/PE completed and reflects performance of any of the levels A, B, or C.
    • IE/PE completed and reflects a performance of D or F.
  • Faculty members were discouraged from discussing any student’s specific letter grades or relative standing in spring 2020 subjects. 

Fall Semester 2020 Grading Policy

  • View emergency academic regulations and grading policy for fall 2020.
  • All student transcripts will have the following statement associated with fall 2020 grades: Significant disruption in effect due to Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.