How will choosing an alternative grading option affect my eligibility for admission to graduate/professional schools, or competitive fellowship programs outside of Mason?

Posted: April 1, 2020 at 4:08 pm

Although many programs are modifying requirements to accommodate special circumstances in the spring 2020 term, we have no control over requirements for external institutions and programs. Students are encouraged to check with graduate/professional programs and/or fellowship programs to ensure they are familiar with specific requirements prior to selecting an alternative grade option. If you are […]

If I prefer to continue with the A-F grading mode, do I have to do anything?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am

No, your classes will default to their current grading mode (A-F grading).

If a grant pays for part of my education, should I stay with the traditional grade scale option?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am

Each student needs to review their current GPA and make decisions based on that, based on the answer to the questions above, and review the standards of good SAP on the Financial Aid Office website – https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid/eligibility/satisfactory-academic-progress-policy.

Will choosing the alternate grade mode affect my I-20 (F1 and J1 students)?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: April 8, 2020 at 4:39 pm

F-1 and J-1 students do not need permission to choose an alternative grading option as long as they maintain full-time enrollment. If you are an international student in F-1 or J-1 status, please be aware that withdrawing from a course will reduce your credit load.  F-1 and J-1 students must enroll full-time in the fall […]

Will choosing the alternate grade mode affect my ability to switch my major?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 2:17 pm

That depends and you should reach out to an academic adviser to discuss your options. You may potentially reach out to an adviser in the school that houses the major you want to change into for their guidance, as well.

My employer currently pays for the classes I am enrolled in. What effect might changing to the alternative grading mode have on me?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am

It depends. You should contact your employer and seek clarity on the requirements for continued tuition remission. If there is a term-by-term GPA requirement, you should consider remaining in A-F grading. If the requirement is the successful completion of coursework, the alternative grading mode would be fine. Each situation is unique and you should seek […]

I’m a law school student. Am I able to select the alternative grading mode?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 2:03 pm

No. The Antonin Scalia Law School will separately determine the grading policies for its courses.  

I’m an undergraduate taking a graduate level course. Does the alternative grade mode affect my graduate level course?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 1:57 pm

Undergraduate students taking graduate-level courses will be able to select the alternative grading mode in those courses, but are subject to the graduate-level grade definitions.  

Is there someone I can speak with about deciding between A-F grading and the alternative grade mode for Spring 2020 classes?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: April 1, 2020 at 11:38 am

Yes! Your academic advisor would be happy to talk to you about your grade option selection for spring 2020 classes. Undergraduate students can find your academic advisor using the following tool: https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/advisor-locator/ If you are receiving financial aid, you might also reach out the Mason Student Services Center to talk to a counselor.

If I am repeating a course in Spring 2020 (that I took in a previous semester and did poorly) and I select the alternative grade mode, how will my GPA be affected by the repeated course?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 4:27 pm

The repeat policy for undergraduates indicates that the latest attempt of the course will be the grade that counts, even if that grade is lower than a previous attempt. Because there are no quality points associated with the alternate grade mode, the previous attempt will no longer factor into the GPA, but there won’t be […]