How is the grade
F viewed in US academic system, is it abhorred or people see that grade as any other grade. If a student gets an
A retaking that particular course, the previous
F grade he got would be overwritten, even though there will be a mark on the transcript.Is there any sort of negative stigma because of that?
How is the grade
At my university (in the United States), a failure grade (which is
E here) can only be replaced if in a lower division (of undergraduate) class, and only a certain number of times. After that, or for upper division courses, the failure grade and the passing grade are recorded in the transcript.
As for the stigma associated with failure grades, I suppose that there shouldn't be any immediate negative stigma as there are many possible factors associated with the student:
- The student took too many courses at once, or the particular course was very challenging.
- Any social/health/familial reasons that have the student leave the university.
- The student does not study well in general, or take exams well (more present if the course grade is primarily based off of exams).
Of course, there are other reasons for a failure grade, such as academic dishonesty (a grade of
XE instead of
E) or pure laziness in not completing most/all of the course requirements.
As F stands for failing, of course there's a stigma associated with it. How much depends on the course in which it's received. For example, failing freshman biology matters much less if you're in art than if you're planning on applying for medical school.
Also note that different schools handle repeated courses differently. Some schools count only the last grade, while some count both equally in the final average (a zero plus whatever an "A" grade counts as).
A very wise supervisor of mine gave me an interesting aspect to ponder here. He also ran a a business, and when hiring, he liked to hire people with F grades on the record. He didn't like to hire people with a W (which at our school stands for "withdraw" - students who don't complete the class). The F, especially when combined with success when retaking the class, to him indicates the stick-to-it-ness that he was looking for in his employees.
So an F may not be all bad.