MUSC Bulletin | Academic Policies

University Grading System

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 ScoreMerit GradeT-scoreMerit Grade
954.0614.0
94 3.9603.9
933.8593.8
923.7583.7
91 3.6573.6
90 3.556 3.5
893.4553.4
883.3543.3
873.2533.2
863.1523.1
853.0513.0
842.9502.9
832.8492.8
822.7482.7
812.6472.6
802.5462.5
79 2.445 2.4
78 2.3442.3
772.2432.2
762.1422.1
752.0412.0
741.8401.9
731.6391.8
721.4 381.7
711.2371.6
701.0361.5
< or = 690.0 351.4
34 1.3
331.2
321.1
311.0
< or = 300.0
 

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.

WD 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.
WP

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.

WFWithdrew 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.
WRWithdrew 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.
EXExemption allowed by equivalent transfer work or by CLEP.
XCCredit awarded by examination.
NRNo grade reported by instructor. A NR is not given in lieu of an IN.
INIncomplete; 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.
IPIn progress (not applicable to research courses); awarded in courses that are approved in advance to extend over more than one term (student does not re-enroll in the course in order to complete the work); or awarded in courses offered in a series where all  series courses must be completed before any course in the series is assigned a final grade (student does enroll in each course); IP grades are removed by the grade earned.
AUAudit (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.
CDConditional (specific conditions must be met before a final grade can be given)
SSatisfactory (applies to graduate research only)
UUnsatisfactory (applies to graduate research only)
HHonors; outstanding in a pass/fail course
PPass
NPNo pass (fail); no academic impact on grade point average, although progress may be affected.
 
Last Published with Edits:January 15, 2014 2:58 PM
Last Comprehensive Review: Fall 2013
 
 
 

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