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The grading system at Utrecht University might differ significantly from the grading system you are used to. Our university uses a 10 point grading system: 1 is the lowest grade and 10 the highest. This entails that grades 1-3 and 9-10 are rarely awarded. The lowest passing grade is a 6. 

In a few specific programmes, Utrecht University also uses the Anglo-American letter grading system (A to D, F = Fail).

Grading policy at Utrecht University

Grades are given on an absolute basis. It is not possible to compensate a low grade on one course with a high grade on another course. If you fail a course but score at least a 4, you are given one opportunity to take an additional or substitute test in order to pass the course. If you fail this as well, you must do the course again. You can retake a course as often as you need to achieve a passing grade. Only the passing grade is recorded on the International Diploma Supplement.

Grade distribution

The Grading Tables below provide information on the grading culture at Utrecht University by showing the statistical distribution of passing grades awarded in all Bachelor’s and Master’s courses of Utrecht University. This (unweighted) distribution is based on all passing numerical grades for courses offered by Utrecht University in the three most recent academic years, obtained by students enrolled at Utrecht University.

Grading table bachelors
Grade

Percentage

6.0

21.89%

6.5

18.08%

7.0

20.71%

7.5

18.08%

8.0

12.67%

8.5

6.15%

9.0

2.56%

9.5

0.72%

10.0

0.21%

Grading table Master's programmes
Grade

Percentage

6.0

9.38%

6.5

10.69%

7.0

19.31%

7.5

22.46%

8.0

22.30%

8.5

10.17%

9.0

4.54%

9.5

0.82%

10.0

0.33%