Key to Academic Transcript

Below is a summary of information found on the reverse of the Kansas City University official transcript. Please click the following link for the current PDF of the back of the official transcript. 

Academic Calendar

The University currently operates on a semester basis. Prior to 1990, the academic year was comprised of trimester terms.


KCU is fully accredited by the Bureau of Professional Education of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA is the only accrediting agency for osteopathic medicine approved by the United States Department of Education and Council of Higher Education Accreditation. KCU is also accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The KCU Psychology Doctorate is approved by HLC, and will apply for full accreditation through the American Psychological Association when eligible.

Authenticity of Electronic (PDF) Transcripts

All official electronic transcripts sent by KCU will be marked with a certified blue ribbon in Adobe® Acrobat or Adobe® Reader bearing the words, "This document was certified by the National Student Clearinghouse with a valid certificate issued by GeoTrust CA for Adobe." Documents without this certification should not be accepted.

Course Numbering – Beginning 1999

100 First-year medical courses
200 Second-year medical courses
300 Third-year medical courses
400 Fourth-year medical courses
500-600 Graduate-level courses
100-500 Doctoral Psychology courses

NOTE: Course numbers followed by s denote elective sub-intern clerkships. 

Prior to 1999, courses were identified numerically, by both a department and level number. The first two digits represented the department and the latter three numbers represented the course level. Courses numbered 500 were first-year level, 600 second year, 700 third year, and 800 fourth year. Many third and fourth-year courses were not numbered and were only identified by title.

Good Academic Standing

Professional degree-seeking students (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00. Graduate degree-seeking students must achieve an overall program completion GPA of 3.00 or better to be considered in good academic standing. Students on academic probation are not considered in good standing.

Grading System

The University utilizes the 4.0 grading system. The grade point average for a semester is determined by dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of graded semester hours. Prior to 1999, and also beginning Fall 2010 forward, third-and fourth-year courses (clinical clerkships) are visible on the transcript, but are not calculated into the GPA. Courses accepted in transfer toward the DO program are calculated in the GPA; however, the transfer coursework is not utilized in the determination of honors or awards. Courses accepted in transfer toward graduate-level programs are acknowledged with a grade type of “TR” which awards credit but does not calculate in the GPA. 

beginning 1999

prior to 1999

A 4.0
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.0
B- 2.67
C+  2.33
C 2.0
F/C 2.0
F 0.0
A 4.0
B+ 3.67
B 3.33
B- 3.0
C+  2.67
C 2.33
C- 2.0
F/C- 2.0
F 0.0

GRADES CALCULATED IN GPA – College of Biosciences Fall 2016–Spring 2017

A            90-100%            4.0            C+            76-79%            2.7

B+ 86-89% 3.7 C 73-75% 2.3

B 83-85% 3.3 C- 70-72% 2.0

B- 80-82% 3.0 F <69% 0.0


GRADES CALCULATED IN GPA – College of Biosciences beginning Fall 2017

A            90-100%            4.0            C            70-79%            2.0
B 80-89% 3.0 F <69% 0.0

GRADES CALCULATED IN GPA – College of Biosciences Psychology Doctorate beginning Fall 2017

A            93-100%            4.0            B            83-86%            3.0

A- 90-92% 3.67 B- 80-82% 2.67

B+ 87-89% 3.33 F <80% 0.0

NOTE: Beginning July 2014, percentages are included in first- and second-year COM grades for all classes except pass/fail.


KCU is one of the oldest colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States. It was founded May 19, 1916, as the Kansas City College of Osteopathy and Surgery. In November 1970, the name of the college was changed to the Kansas City College of Osteopathic Medicine. In July 1980, the name of the College was changed to The University of Health Sciences. In July 2004, the name of the university became Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. In 2017, KCU opened a location in Joplin, Missouri. In September 2020, the name changed to Kansas City University to reflect a broader offering of health sciences programs. In May 2021, KCU broke ground on the College of Dental Medicine in Joplin - the college is scheduled to open in 2023.

Honors College of Biosciences

Latin Honors [beginning fall 2016 term]

Summa Cum Laude                        4.0

Magna Cum Laude                         3.9 - 3.99

Cum Laude                                     3.8 - 3.89

Honors and Class Rank - College of Medicine

Class Rank

Class rank at graduation is based on the cumulative grade point average for all first- and second-year courses. 

Dean’s List [Dean’s List notation beginning with spring 2015 term]

First Year - Top 10 percent           Noted each semester: Fall and Spring

Second Year - Top 10 percent       Noted each semester: Fall and Spring

Third Year - Top 10 percent          Noted Spring semester for entire third year

Latin Honors

Summa Cum Laude                        Top 2 percent of class

Magna Cum Laude                         Next 5 percent (3-7 percent)

Cum Laude                                     Next 5 percent (8-12 percent) 


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Non-Calculated Credit
Included in hours earned but not calculated in GPA

CR            Credit            Credit
H Honors Special recognition for exceptional work in clinical rotations and COB courses
HP High Pass Beginning July 1, 2014. Recognition for above-average proficiency.
HS High Satisfactory Prior to July 1, 2014. Recognition for above-average proficiency.
P Pass Credit under Pass/Fail option, conversion of C or higher grade.
S Satisfactory Same value as "P" grade.
TR Transfer Credit Credit awarded in transfer. (Graduate Level)

Non-Credit Values
Not included in hours earned and not calculated in GPA

AD Administrative Drop Drop from a course(s). (Faculty/Administrator initiated)
AU            Audit            Participation and/or observation of a course for noncredit.
AW Administrative Withdrawal Withdrawn from a course(s) or University. (Faculty/Administrator initiated)
F Fail Failure of a course taken under the Pass/Fail option.
IP In Progress Incomplete coursework due to extenuating circumstances. (University initiated)
I Incomplete Incomplete coursework due to extenuating circumstances.
U Unsatisfactory Failure of a course taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option.
W Withdraw Withdrawal from a course(s) or University. (Student initiated)

Official Transcript Validation

Paper transcripts are not official unless printed on KCU security paper and validated with the registrar’s signature and issue date. The transcript should be in a sealed KCU seal validated envelope. Facsimiles and photocopies are considered unofficial. 

Repeats & Remediation

F/C- | F/C  Represents repeated and/or remediated coursework in the professional program taken prior to 1999.  Remediated coursework, regardless of test results, received a grade of C-. Beginning in 1999, this value represents only those courses that were passed through the remediation (testing) process, with the highest possible grade being F/C.

F/P          Beginning in 2014, this value represents successful remediation of a clinical clerkship and all Pass/Fail courses.

[  ]           Bracketed grades indicate repeated coursework with the most recent occurrence calculated into the cumulative GPA.

Academic Renewal

Academic Renewal allows medical students who were readmitted after an absence of four or more years and whose previous cumulative GPA when last enrolled was less than 2.00, to begin anew. All previously earned grades remain on the transcript but are noted with an “x” in front of the grade to indicate they are no longer computed in the GPA or class rank, and they cannot be applied toward graduation requirements. Students readmitted under academic renewal are not eligible for Latin Honors. Students who applied for academic renewal prior to Fall 2021 have grades that are marked with an asterisk (*).

Academic Amnesty Policy

The academic amnesty policy is only available to students in the Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences program.

Academic amnesty provides an opportunity for a Biomedical Sciences student or applicant to start a new graduate academic record.  When academic amnesty is granted, all credits and grades earned at KCU while enrolled as a graduate student at an earlier date are no longer recognized and thus are not used in subsequent academic status determinations or grade point average calculations.

Courses for which academic amnesty is granted will:

  • Remain on the student’s record (grade transcript) and will be reflected with an “x” preceding the grade (e.g., “xC”)
  • Not be included in the calculation of the student’s graduate grade point average
  • Not be used to satisfy degree requirements

A request for academic amnesty by an applicant to the College of Biosciences should be made to the dean and must include a letter of application that sets forth reason and justification for the request for academic amnesty.

Academic amnesty can be considered only if the graduate student applicant has not been enrolled at KCU for at least two years prior to the effective semester of the amnesty.  Academic amnesty can be considered only if the graduate student applicant is seeking admission as a degree-seeking student.

Academic amnesty does not apply to an individual course. Academic amnesty is granted for all previous coursework. All requests for academic amnesty will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Once granted, academic amnesty may not be rescinded.

Students must apply for amnesty at the time of the application for readmission or before the end of the first semester of readmission if already readmitted.

A statement will be placed on the transcript indicating academic amnesty has been granted for all relevant terms.