Friday, December 18, 2020

Application to the major considerations for grading basis changes

Pre-major students: Learn more about what impacts changing your grading basis may have in the process for application to the major.
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Pre-major students who will apply during fall 2020 for admission for the spring 2021 semester, as well as those who will apply in the future, should weigh their decision to change their grading basis for fall 2020 courses carefully to determine if it is the best option for their situation and progress moving forward.

To apply to a CSE major, students must:
  • Successfully complete the required courses (indicated by diamonds) on the Four-Year Plan for their intended major
  • Achieve a 2.0 or higher technical GPA by the end of their application semester
  • Apply to the major via the application database website
In light of the recent changes to the grading basis policy, CSE will take the following factors into consideration during the application to the major process for upcoming semesters, including the fall 2020 application cycle:
  • Although N grades do not factor into a student's technical GPA, multiple N grades may be taken into consideration when reviewing an applicant's records to determine likelihood of progress towards a degree. S grades still will fulfill degree requirements.
  • If there are space constraints within a major, all technical GPAs of applicants for that major may be recalculated in a standardized way (i.e. all S grades may be calculated as C grades; all N grades may be calculated as F grades) to ensure a fair and equitable review of all applicants in the review process.
  • A technical GPA of 2.0 or higher still will be required to be considered for application.
  • Grades on applicants’ records as of Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 will be used in the application to the major review process. Grading basis changes after that date will not change the outcome of the review. The deadline to request a grading basis change for a fall 2020 course is Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. For more information, please see the University’s Frequently Asked Questions document for the grading basis policy change.

  • Please also see the CSE Advising grading policy changes things to consider blog post and the University’s Frequently Asked Questions document for the grading basis policy changes for more reflection points to consider when deciding whether to change a grading basis for fall 2020 and spring 2021 courses. Decisions made this semester may have implications more far-reaching than just this semester.

    If you still have questions after reviewing this information, please visit advising virtual drop-ins Monday-Friday, 2-4 p.m. Central Time. Please be aware that the final day for virtual drop-ins this semester is Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Also, feel free to contact your advisor.

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    CSE Academic Advising
    cseadvising@umn.edu