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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.

Accreditation Records System
Academic Calendar Plus/Minus Values
Course Numbers Current and Previous Grading Systems
Academic Continuance            Non-Credit Programs
Degree Information


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.

Academic Calendar

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

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.

Academic Continuance

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 ( for further details on continuance policies.

Degree Information

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.

Records System

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

Plus/Minus (+/-) values were added to the grading scale according to the following schedule:

Law School

Fall 1971

Summer 2003 (A+ added)

School of Business


Fall 1984 (B+ and B- added)

Fall 1986 (C- added)

Fall 1987 (A- and C+ added)

Undergraduate Division

Fall 1988

Graduate Arts & Sciences

Fall 1990

School of Education

Fall 1993

School of Marine Science

Fall 1995

Current and Previous Grading Systems
W&M uses a four point grading system. A student’s GPA is calculated by dividing the sum of earned quality points by the sum of attempted hours for all courses receiving a grade used in calculating the GPA. Only coursework taken at W&M is used in the GPA calculation. Non-credit courses are graded, but no quality points are earned. W&M used a three point grading system prior to Fall 1976. The graduate schools of business and education used the three point system through Summer 1977. The law school adopted a 12-point scale from Fall 1989 to Spring 2003 in which GPAs were calculated by dividing total quality points by total hours, divided by three. The current law grading system was adopted Summer 2003.

Current grading point system:
Grade Quality Points Credit Earned Description
A+ 4.3 Yes Law School only
A 4.0 Yes Excellent
A- 3.7 Yes  
B+ 3.3 Yes  
B 3.0 Yes Good
B- 2.7 Yes  
C+ 2.3 Yes  
C 2.0 Yes Average/Satisfactory
C- 1.7 Yes  
D+ 1.3 Yes  
D 1.0 Yes
D- 0.7 Yes  Minimal Pass
F 0.0 Yes Failure
P Yes Pass
LP Yes Low Pass - Law School only
W No Withdraw
WM No Medical Withdraw
G   No Deferred Grade
I No Incomplete
S No Satisfactory
O No Satisfactory Audit
U No Unsatisfactory Audit
H Honors - Law School only
Previous grading point system:
Grade Description
*A - *D Denotes converted grades from 3.0 to 4.0 scale
NG Grade Not Reported
R Indicates WRIT 101 course must be repeated
X Prefix denotes co-enrollment with student's home institution
Z Year-long course; grade and credit awarded second semester
Non-Credit Programs

Refer to the following webpages for more information about non-credit programs.


Revised May 2019