Belmont University's Grading Policy Needs to Change

Belmont University's Grading Policy Needs to Change

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Lauren Brown started this petition to Belmont University

Belmont University's grading system is one that separates letters into sections (i.e. 88%-89% is a B+, 83%-87% is a B, and 80%-82% is a B-) and changes the weight of those sections accordingly (i.e. a B+ is weighed as 3.3 points, a B is weighed as 3.0 points, and a B- is weighed as 2.7 points). Many students at Belmont University are planning on applying to graduate schools, such as medical school or dental school, after completing their undergraduate degree. I believe that due to this grading system, Belmont students are at a direct disadvantage while applying to these extremely competitive schools. The admissions officers at graduate schools aren't going to be able to see that a student made a 92% rather than a 93% in one of their classes; all they're going to see is an A- on a transcript rather than an A. Meanwhile, an applicant from a different school could've made a 90% in the same class, but if that grade was marked as an A, their application would be ranked higher. Not only that, but the way the grades are weighed at Belmont makes it more likely for a student's GPA to decrease, making their application less competitive in comparison. I fully believe that Belmont wants all of their students to succeed, which is why a change to the grading system would benefit students in their future endeavors. 

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