Courses & Grades
If you need to complete this section, it should take approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
Items marked with a red asterisk * are required. Students are not required to complete items that do not have the red asterisk.
Some colleges require students to enter in Common App all of the courses they have taken in high school and the grades they received in those courses. In this section, you will be entering your courses and grades if it is required by the colleges you are applying to. You will learn:
- How to determine if the colleges you are applying to require you to complete this section
- Tips for correctly entering your courses and grades, if required
Here is an example of the Courses & Grades section of Common App.
In order to properly complete this section, you will need:
- A copy of your high school transcript that shows course names and grades
- To have completed your list of colleges in the My Colleges tab in Common App. If you have not yet listed all of the colleges you want to apply to in your Common App application, please do that first. For help with that process, see the College Search & List section of the AXS Companion.
In this video, we discuss how to complete the Courses & Grades section of Common App. Not all colleges require students to complete this section. We discuss how to know if one of your colleges requires you to report your courses and grades and, if you are required to do so, how to do it correctly. If you need to complete this section, it should take approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
Tips & Reminders
- This section will appear on your Common App menu only if one of the colleges you are applying to requires it.
- To see a complete list of colleges that require the Courses & Grades section, go to the Common App tab. Find the Courses & Grades box on the left and click on that box. On the screen that appears, you will see “View the list of colleges that require Courses & Grades.” This link will take you to a complete list.
- You need to have added all of the colleges you are applying to into your list in the My Colleges section of Common App to know if you are required to complete this section. For help adding colleges to your list, go to College Search & List in the AXS Companion.
- You need to have your high school transcript in front of you to complete this section.
- Enter course names exactly as they are listed on your transcript. Don’t guess. It is important to report grades and courses accurately.
- The Courses & Grades section of Common App also has space for you to include other courses, including those taken in middle school or summer, which are listed on your high school transcript and have been issued an official transcript grade. This can be done in the Other Courses category.