Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

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Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby westinghouse60 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 2:22 pm

I know University of South Carolina does this (I don't actually go there, just have friends who do). So, if at most schools you would get a B- (2.67) for getting a grade of ~80, or an A- (3.67) for ~90, you would instead get a 3.0 or a 4.0, respectively. It seems like doing this would give an even more beneficial GPA boost than schools giving out A+'s (which is pretty rare in itself). They also give out .5's for getting +'s, so B+ would be 3.5, but I know LSAC would still view this as a 3.33.

Of course my friends say that this is because USC is "harder" than my undergrad (in reality they're extremely comparable), which just makes this even more frustrating.

Has anyone heard of any other schools doing this? Seems ridiculous... (from my point of view, I'm sure I would think it was great if I went there).

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby futurelawstudent1 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:50 pm

Brown University doesn't give out pluses or minuses (or anything below a C), but I don't know of any other school that gives out only pluses.

Also, the University of South Carolina and the word "hard" (or any of its variations) don't belong in the same sentence. The average student there scored in the 500s on each SAT section, so the level of competition there is much lower than at the so-called "grade-inflated" Ivies.

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby Ikki » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:01 pm

futurelawstudent1 wrote:Brown University doesn't give out pluses or minuses (or anything below a C), but I don't know of any other school that gives out only pluses.

Also, the University of South Carolina and the word "hard" (or any of its variations) don't belong in the same sentence. The average student there scored in the 500s on each SAT section, so the level of competition there is much lower than at the so-called "grade-inflated" Ivies.


There's no such thing as competition in the humanities or social sciences...

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby 09042014 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:04 pm

I'm always surprised that people who graduated college still think that grades should line up on a 0-100 scale with 90-100 = A, 80=90 B.

What the fuck kind of tests do you take where you are supposed to get 100?

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby futurelawstudent1 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:14 pm

Desert Fox wrote:I'm always surprised that people who graduated college still think that grades should line up on a 0-100 scale with 90-100 = A, 80=90 B.

What the fuck kind of tests do you take where you are supposed to get 100?


Social Sciences. Most students in my economics classes get above 90s on most exams, with about one in ten earning a 100.

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby 09042014 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:16 pm

futurelawstudent1 wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I'm always surprised that people who graduated college still think that grades should line up on a 0-100 scale with 90-100 = A, 80=90 B.

What the fuck kind of tests do you take where you are supposed to get 100?


Social Sciences. Most students in my economics classes get above 90s on most exams, with about one in ten earning a 100.


I've decided that they don't earn their science name. It's just Social Studies from now on.

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby westinghouse60 » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:12 pm

futurelawstudent1 wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:I'm always surprised that people who graduated college still think that grades should line up on a 0-100 scale with 90-100 = A, 80=90 B.

What the fuck kind of tests do you take where you are supposed to get 100?


Social Sciences. Most students in my economics classes get above 90s on most exams, with about one in ten earning a 100.


Not true in my econ classes. Though I can't even begin to describe how little studying most students do at my UG.

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby NYC Law » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:18 pm

UF did that my first two years, but added in minuses in Summer 09 I believe. Prior to that it was the same as USC, just pluses and non-pluses.

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby vpintz » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:35 pm

My first college, Chatham University, gave pluses and minuses (with the exception of A+s, which don't exist at Chatham). However, at the college I transferred to (Slippery Rock University) doesn't use/give the plus/minus system. Mildly annoying, haha.

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby fatduck » Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:36 pm

who cares?

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby sportgirl234 » Thu Jun 23, 2011 8:53 am

UMD puts minuses on the transcript but does not factor them into GPA (aka B- = 3.0). I'm sure LSAC does include them but the UG GPA's are slightly inflated from this school.

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby cogitoergosum » Thu Jun 23, 2011 9:26 am

Rutgers is like that as well. No minuses, but I think they have pluses (no A+ though).

http://www.dailytargum.com/2.4988/no-ne ... -1.1510689

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Re: Undergrad not giving out minuses in grading?

Postby jetpack joe » Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:01 am

my UG doesn't do pluses or minuses either... which is good since i have a ton of A-s




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