William & Mary, chartered in 1693, is a public university supported by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Faculty of Arts & Sciences, the Raymond A. Mason School of Business, William & Mary Law School, William & Mary School of Education and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science sustain the institutional commitment to a well-rounded liberal education.
|Current and Previous Grading Systems
William & Mary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Individual schools are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the American Bar Association. Programs within the School of Education are accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
William & Mary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master's, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of William & Mary.
William & Mary operates on a semester basis. The academic calendar consists of two semesters lasting approximately 15 weeks and a condensed summer semester. Semesters may include several shorter sessions.
Course numbers below 300 are generally considered “lower-level” undergraduate courses; courses numbered between 300 and 499 are generally considered “upper-level” undergraduate courses. Courses with a suffix of W following the course number denote a writing intensive course. Courses numbered 500 and above carry graduate credit, as do courses in the 300 and 400 series which bear the suffix “G” (e.g., MATH 412G). Certain graduate education courses carry alpha-numeric course numbers (e.g., EDUC F65). All courses with subject code CRIN and EPPL are post-baccalaureate education courses. Non-credit course numbers begin with 9.
An undergraduate student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 in any semester and who fails to earn at least 9 credits is automatically placed on academic probation for the following semester. A student who does not meet minimum requirements for continuance may be required to withdraw for academic deficiency by the Committee on Academic Status. A student who has been withdrawn for academic deficiency may petition the Committee for reinstatement. Faculty committees in each graduate school establish and administer continuance requirements. A student is assumed to be in good academic standing unless otherwise indicated. Refer to the catalog (http://catalog.wm.edu) for further details on continuance policies.
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) and Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) - Effective Summer 1986, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study awarded by the School of Education was converted without curricular change to the Educational Specialist Degree. The two are equivalent.
Prior to 1896: Stored in University Archives
1896 - 1986: Stored via microfilm Permanent Record Cards
1986 - present: Stored in and printed from automated records system
Plus/Minus (+/-) values were added to the grading scale according to the following schedule:
Summer 2003 (A+ added)
School of Business
Fall 1984 (B+ and B- added)
Fall 1986 (C- added)
Fall 1987 (A- and C+ added)
Graduate Arts & Sciences
School of Education
School of Marine Science
Current grading point system:
|Law School only
|Low Pass - Law School only
|Honors - Law School only
Previous grading point system:
|*A - *D
|Denotes converted grades from 3.0 to 4.0 scale
|Grade Not Reported
|Indicates WRIT 101 course must be repeated
|Prefix denotes co-enrollment with student's home institution
|Year-long course; grade and credit awarded second semester
Refer to the following webpages for more information about non-credit programs.
- Professional learning opportunities for W&M Teachers
- Professional development programs offered through the Mason School of Business
- Global Business English Program
- English Language Program
- Law International Summer School
Revised May 2019