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Median Grades

Median grade reports for Cornell University courses are no longer available. In May 2011 the Faculty Senate of Cornell University voted to cease the public publishing of median grades of Cornell courses. Median grades are posted on official transcripts for all undergraduates matriculating in Fall 2008 and after. Cornell faculty and administrators pursuing scholarship research may request access to this data by contacting the vice president of Student and Academic Services.

Median Grades on Official Transcripts

Median grades and total enrollment are posted on official transcripts for all undergraduates matriculating in the Fall 2008 and after.

Total enrollment indicates the total number of students who took the course for a letter grade. In the case of a cross-listed course, the enrollment indicates the aggregate number of students in the course. Median grades are not reported for courses with enrollments of fewer than 10 students.

Letter grades of all students enrolled in a course, not just undergraduates, are used in calculating the median grade for the class. The median grade is the grade below and above which there is an equal number of grades. If there is an exact tie for the median grade in a course, the median grade is rounded down to the lower grade. For example, if half the grades in a course are B or below and half are B+ and above, the median grade is rounded down to the lower of the two grades and appears as a B.

The calculation of the median grade is made when all grades for the course have been submitted at the end of the semester. The median grade is not recalculated to take into account grade changes, resolution of incompletes, etc., that are made at a later date.


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