If I am receiving benefits from the Veteran’s Administration, how might the alternative grading mode affect me?

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:00 pm

For undergraduate students who decide to use alternate grading mode and receive grades of XS or XP, there will be no change or effect on your Education Benefits. For graduate students who decide to use alternate grading mode and receive grades of XS, there will be no effect on your Education Benefits. For undergraduate students […]

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

Posted: March 27, 2020 at 11:29 am, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 11:58 am

Yes! Your academic advisor would be happy to talk to you about your grade option selection. 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.

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: February 11, 2021 at 11:59 am

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.  

If I choose the alternative grading mode, how will my GPA be calculated?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:23 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:02 pm

Students who select the alternative grade mode for all of their classes will not have a GPA for the term, and their cumulative GPA will be unaffected. Students who select the alternative grading mode for some classes will have their GPA calculated by the remaining A-F graded courses. If the student does not select the […]

Do I have to change all of my classes to the alternative grading mode?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:21 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm

No, students can pick and choose among their classes to select the alternative grading mode on an individual class-by-class basis. Students may select the alternative grading mode for all of their classes, none of their classes, or some of their classes, at the student’s discretion.

How will the classes graded with the alternative grading mode appear on my transcript?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:19 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm

Classes with the alternative grading mode will appear on your academic transcript just like any other course. The only difference will be the grade associated with the course. Either XS, XP, or XN will be printed as the final grade. 

Are classes graded with the alternative grading mode eligible to fulfill prerequisites?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:17 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm

For classes that require a minimum grade threshold to be achieved in order to allow registration, students may be able to meet that prereq requirement using the alternative grade mode. For undergraduate courses (numbered 100-499), students earning an XS grade can fulfill minimum grade thresholds of C or better associated with subsequent classes. For graduate […]

Are classes graded with the alternative grading mode eligible to fulfill degree requirements?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:16 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm

Undergraduate classes (numbered 100-499) graded with the alternative grading mode are only eligible to fulfill degree requirements if grades of XS or XP are received. Undergraduate classes receiving an XS grade are eligible to fulfill general education requirements and major requirements that have a minimum grade threshold. Undergraduate classes receiving an XP grade are eligible […]

What if I don’t select the alternative grading mode?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:12 pm, Last Updated: February 11, 2021 at 12:06 pm

If you don’t submit a Change of Grade Mode Request form to select the alternative grading mode, your classes will default to their current grade mode (A-F grading).

How do I select the alternative grading mode?

Posted: March 26, 2020 at 12:11 pm, Last Updated: April 26, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Submit the Change of Grade Mode Request form. Multiple sections can be submitted simultaneously. Students will need to include the Subject, Course Number, and Section Number for each course. Students who have previously designated a section for the alternative grade mode may also submit the form to change that section back to A-F grading. The […]