The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) records the courses for which a student registers on the permanent record. SAIC adheres to a credit/no credit grading system.

The following grade symbols are used to denote credit status:

CR Credit
NCR No Credit
W Withdrawal
INC Incomplete
IP Thesis In Progress
NR Grade Not Reported by Instructor

Undergraduate and nondegree-seeking students must achieve at least average performance in the course (the traditional grade equivalent of a C) in order to earn CR (credit). Graduate students must achieve the traditional grade equivalent of a B or better in order to earn CR (credit).