Forty-three percent of grades are A’s at a wide range of colleges, concludes a study published in Teachers College Record. That’s up 28 percentage points since 1960 and 12 percentage points since 1988. Less than 10 percent of grades are D’s and F’s.
Grades are highest at private colleges, liberal arts colleges and selective and very selective institutions. Grades are lower at science and engineering schools and less selective institutions.