Parent and Family Handbook

Grading System

Macalester professors use the A, B, C, D (with + and -), and NC (no credit) grading system. Students have the option of taking one course each semester on the S (satisfactory), D, NC grading system. The latter system, however, cannot be used for courses in a student’s major or minor areas of concentration. Students may request that a professor provide a written evaluation. First year and second year students receive grades at mid-term and at the end of each semester. All other students receive grades at the end of fall and spring terms. Mid-term grades are used for counseling purposes only, and are not sent to parents.

The college monitors the academic performance of every student in order to offer support and services to those students who are not making satisfactory academic progress. Students are expected to earn their degree within a four-year period. Every student’s academic record is reviewed at the end of each semester by the Academic Standing Committee. As a result of this committee’s review of student records, a student may be placed on academic warning, probation or strict probation. In addition, the Academic Standing Committee may decide that a student has not met the terms of the probationary status or is not making sufficient progress towards a degree and may suspend a student for one or more terms. Finally, a student may be subject to dismissal from the college whenever, in the view of the Committee, the student’s level of scholarship is so low as to make the completion of a Macalester degree unlikely.

A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C = 2.0, D = 1.0, NC = 0.0
A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, C+ = 2.3, D+ = 1.3
B- = 2.7, C- = 1.7, D- = 0.7

Students who achieve a minimum GPA of 3.7 for a semester are placed on the Dean’s List. In order to be placed on the Dean’s List, students must be full-time and registered in a minimum of 12 credits of graded courses.