Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Midterm Grades

Welcome back from break!  I hope it was a restful break that provided you with time to catch up with friends and family while catching up on rest and work! Fall Break is essentially the half way mark for your first semester at Scranton.  To help you determine how well it is going so far, you as a freshman will be receiving midterm grades in the next couple of days.  

What is a midterm grade?

Midterm grades are not a permanent part of your academic record.  They are only meant to serve as an indicator of your performance so far.  You can use your midterm grades to make some informed decisions.  Are you doing as well as you would like so far?  Are your grades a little lower than expected?  Now is a good time to consider your time management, study skills and study strategy.  Is it paying off for you or do you need to make some adjustments?  Talk to an advisor or your faculty if you need some help!

When will midterm grades become available?

Faculty must submit midterm grades for all first year students by 1:00PM on Thursday.  That means that grades should be available for you to view online by Friday, October 17.  

How do I view my midterm grades?

Midterm grades will be available online through myscranton.  The process to view them is easy! Just login to my.scranton and then click the student tab.  Your semester grades should be visible at the top.  Click the midterm link!

Why do my grades say NG?

Faculty only submit midterm grades for first year students.  If you have more than 30 credits that you transferred in from other institutions or from Advanced Placement, you are no longer considered a freshman by credits.  If you are curious about your performance, you should contact your professors to discuss your progress.

 Oh No!  I got a deficiency!!  What does that mean?!?!

Any grade of C- or below is considered a deficient grade.  That is because all students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain in good standing at the University of Scranton.  If you earn a GPA of less than 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation.  Your midterm grades DO NOT count toward your GPA...they are just used to project what your GPA would be if the semester ended right now.  We send you an email if you earn a midterm deficiency so we can warn you of the problem and help you figure out how to get on track!

I'm failing!  What do I do?!?!?!?

If things are not going so well in a course and you feel it is unlikely that you will be able to improve your grade, you might consider withdrawing from the course.  You have until November 10 at 4:30PM to withdraw.  When you drop a course at this point in the semester, you will earn a "W" on your transcript.  This "W" will remain on your transcript even if you retake the course.  However, it is important to note that sometimes it is better to withdraw from a course.  A "W" does not impact your GPA.  If you think you might want to consider dropping a course, come to the CAS Advising Center to discuss.  

Katie Robinson
CAS Academic Advisor

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