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Grading System

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All courses, except those dropped during the drop/add period, are recorded on the student’s permanent record. Variable course credit must be established prior to registration and approved by the dean of the student’s college. When a student is required to repeat a course, the computation of his/her overall grade point average includes each grade earned. However, credit hours will be counted only once to determine eligibility for the degree. Rank in class is calculated according to the overall grade point average within the college of the student’s enrollment.

Merit grades are assigned on a continuous scale ranging from 0 to 4 points (see below). Faculty use either the raw score (the percentage of correct answers) or the T-score (a normalized score) to grade examinations. The grade average is calculated by multiplying the credit value of the course by the merit points earned in that course, summing the resultant total merit point value for the semester (or for the cumulative record) and then by dividing the total merit point value by the total credit hours carried. This calculation can be performed for either a specific semester or for the entire record of enrollment.

Raw Score Merit Grade T-score Merit Grade
95 4.0 61 4.0
94  3.9 60 3.9
93 3.8 59 3.8
92 3.7 58 3.7
91  3.6 57 3.6
90  3.5 56  3.5
89 3.4 55 3.4
88 3.3 54 3.3
87 3.2 53 3.2
86 3.1 52 3.1
85 3.0 51 3.0
84 2.9 50 2.9
83 2.8 49 2.8
82 2.7 48 2.7
81 2.6 47 2.6
80 2.5 46 2.5
79  2.4 45  2.4
78  2.3 44 2.3
77 2.2 43 2.2
76 2.1 42 2.1
75 2.0 41 2.0
74 1.8 40 1.9
73 1.6 39 1.8
72 1.4  38 1.7
71 1.2 37 1.6
70 1.0 36 1.5
< or=""> 0.0  35 1.4
    34  1.3
    33 1.2
    32 1.1
    31 1.0
    < or=""> 0.0
       

Alphabetic equivalents to this continuous scale are as follows:

A = 95 and above
B = 85 - 94
C = 75 - 84
D = 70 - 74
F = 69 and below

The following symbols are used to indicate the student’s academic status; none carries merit points. When grading options are offered (i.e., H, P, or NP instead of merit grades), students must declare the option before the end of the drop/add period and cannot subsequently reverse their choice.

AU Audit (course attended but not registered for credit); subject to instructor approval; not all courses offer this option. Audit status must be confirmed before the University deadline to drop/add courses and cannot be subsequently changed.
CIP Course In Progress; the course is still in progress and academic instruction continues; in progress status are replaced by the grade earned.
EX Exemption; Designation allowed for equivalent transfer work or by CLEP.
HP High Pass; strong performance in pass/fail course*
H Honors; outstanding in a pass/fail course*
IN Incomplete; grade awarded for circumstances beyond student’s control; incompletes are not calculated in the grade point average. If the student fails to remove the IN in the college’s specified time, the IN will be converted to a merit grade of 0.0. The time specified by the college may not extend beyond the next formal grading period (i.e., fall, spring, or summer). An extension of this time period must be approved by the college’s progress committee or its equivalent.
NP No pass (fail); no academic impact on grade point average, although progress may be affected.
P Pass
WD  Withdrew; Withdrew from a course after the drop/add period but before the end of the sixth week (or before 33% of the length of the course); requires prior approval of the dean upon recommendation of the instructor; no academic impact on grade point average although progress may be affected. Withdrawals not approved result in a merit grade of 0.0.
WF Withdrew Fail; Withdrew from a course after the sixth week (or after 33% of the length of the course) while performing at a unsatisfactory level; requires prior approval of the dean upon recommendation of the instructor; no academic impact on grade point average although progress may be affected. Withdrawals not approved result in a merit grade of 0.0.
WP Withdrew Pass; For reasons beyond the control of the student, withdrew from a course after the sixth week (or after 33% of the length of the course) while performing at a satisfactory level; requires prior approval of the dean upon recommendation of the instructor; no academic impact on grade point average although progress may be affected. Withdrawals not approved result in a merit grade of 0.0.
WR Withdrew with Permission to Return; Withdrew after the drop/add period from all courses at the University with permission to return after a leave of absence when specified time has elapsed and when specified conditions have been met; requires prior approval of the dean; may result in dismissal if terms of the leave are not met.
XC Credit awarded by assessment/examination by MUSC Faculty.
XF Failure (honor code probation)
   
*Not all pass/fail courses offer Honors or High Pass grade options