Grading System and Credit Formulas

A+

4.0

A

4.0 Excellent

A-

3.7

B+

3.3

B

3.0 Good

B-

2.7

C+

2.3

C

2.0 Average

C-

1.7

D+

1.3

D

1.0 Passing

D-

Conditional: First semester only

F

0.0 Failure

AUD

Audit

INC

Incomplete

P

Pass (indicates that no grades were given in the course but that the student has received credit for attendance)

W/F 

Withdraw/Fail

W/P

Withdraw/Pass

Courses accepted as transfer credits and through exemption exams count toward the total number of credits for graduation but are not included in GPA calculations.

In both musical studies and liberal arts courses, D– is a temporary first-semester grade. The D– will be changed to an F if the student fails second semester; D– will be changed to a D should the student receive a passing grade for second semester.

The Curtis Institute of Music uses the semester hour as the basis for awarding academic credit. In lecture-based courses offered through the liberal arts and music studies curricula, a semester hour is defined as one 50-minute period of recitation plus two hours of preparation each week over a 15-week term. In performance-based and ensemble courses, one semester hour is given for a minimum of two clock hours of participation plus necessary preparation each week of a semester.

Credit and scheduling assignments for courses are made by the registrar in consultation with the dean of faculty and students and academic department chairs as part of the curriculum development process each year.

Each semester, syllabi for all liberal arts and musical studies courses are collected and kept on file. The department chairs, in conjunction with the registrar, monitor course requirements and expectations to ensure that credit assignments accurately reflect class requisites and obligations.