The following chart will explain Bryn Mawr's grading system:
Letter Grade Equivalent
Merit grades range from 4.0 (outstanding) to 2.0 (satisfactory). Courses in which students earn merit grades can be used to satisfy the major & curricular requirements.
PASSING BUT BELOW MERIT
A course in which a student receives a below-merit grade cannot be used to satisfy college-wide requirements. Below-merit grades may trigger review by the Committee on Academic Standing.
Once reported to the registrar, a grade may be altered by the faculty member who originally submitted the grade, or by the department or program chair on behalf of the absent faculty member, by submitting a change-of-grade form with a notation of the reason for the change. Once reported to the registrar, no grade may be changed after one year except by vote of the faculty.
Please note that although there is a defined scale for translating between letter grades and the numerical grades on the 4.0 scale, there is no standard definition of how to translate between percentages and grades on the 4.0 scale. Instead, each instructor determines how to calculate grades. If you are uncertain about how you are doing in a class, talk to the instructor.
Because Bryn Mawr students tend to avoid talking about grades, they sometimes find it hard to know how to interpret their grades. As the chart above shows, the college defines as "meritorious" all grades between 2.0 and 4.0. Clearly, though, some grades are more meritorious than others. It may help students to know that in recent years approximately one half of the class graduates with honors at graduation: honors that begin with a 3.4 grade point average.
First-year students especially may be discouraged by their grades. During high school, they may have earned high grades in every subject and were at or near the top of her class. Obviously, once at Bryn Mawr, not everyone can be at the top of herclass. Students concerned about their grades or just confused about how to make sense of them are encouraged to talk to their advisers or deans.
If you are surprised or confused by a grade in a particular class, you may want to discuss your performance with the professor. It is best to approach this discussion as a genuine learning opportunity. The most likely explanation for a lower-than-expected final grade is lower-than-expected performance on final papers or exams. Professors generally do not return final exams, but they do keep them and are more than willing to go over exams with students.
Occasionally, a conversation with a professor will reveal that a grade was miscalculated, in which case the professor will submit a grade change to the registrar, and the grade will be corrected.
If you believe that there is an error in a grade, and you are not satisfied with the results of your conversation with the professor, you may consult your dean about how to proceed. Please remember, though, that each professor has the right and the authority to set her or his own grading standards. Although there are procedures in place for review of a grade by departmental chairs or other supervisory figures, such reviews almost never result in a change of grade.
Classes begin at Penn
Dorms reopen at 9am
Classes begin at Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore
PE registration begins
Confirmation of Registration (first-years)
Labor Day (no classes at Bryn Mawr and Haverford)
Confirmation of Registration (sophomores)
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for first quarter courses (5 pm)
Last day to drop a fifth course at Bryn Mawr and Haverford
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for full semester courses (5 pm)
Fall Break (begins after last class on Oct. 9)
Last day of first quarter courses
Second quarter courses (including PE) begin
Last day to add second quarter courses
Preregistration Advising for Spring
Preregistration Period in BiONiC
Last day to drop second quarter courses
Last day to declare Cr/NC option for second quarter courses (5 p.m.)
Thanksgiving Break (begins after last class on Nov. 25)
Last day of classes at Swarthmore and Penn
Last day of classes: all written work due 5 p.m.
Last day of classes at Haverford and Swarthmore
Examination Period (ends at 12:30 pm on December 18)
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