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Mid-Semester Grades

Around the eighth week of the semester, professors are required to submit mid-semester grades in lower division classes (numbered 001-099) to the Registrar’s Office.

Mid-semester grades are not recorded on your transcript and do not affect your GPA.  They are a “progress report” from instructors to help you know how you are doing at the mid-point of the semester.

In Fall 2021, professors must submit mid-semester grades to the Registrar’s Office by 12:00 pm on Tuesday, October 19. 

You will be able to see your mid-semester grades in Cat Courses and in your student portal later that day.

If you are doing well, use your mid-semester grades to think about how to maintain strong grades (or raise them) during the last half of the semester. You can see if you qualify for the Dean's Honor List or Chancellor's Honors List based on your GPA.

If you have one or more mid-semester grades of D+, F or NP (no-pass), now is the time for action!  You will receive an email around Friday October 22nd, providing information on academic support resources.  Depending on your mid-semester grades, you may also be required to meet with your academic advisor or program staff (Fiat Lux, STEP, Guardian Scholars) to talk about ways to improve your grades in the second half of the semester.

To learn more about academic success resources, click here


Student Learning Outcomes of Intervention

For students who participate in the mid-semester grades intervention, as a campus we hope for them to:

  • Informed of Academic Policies and GPA Calculation - Be informed of the minimum academic expectations of UC Merced and the implications of not meeting them (e.g., delayed academic progress, financial and time-related consequences of delayed progress, possibility of academic dismissal, etc.)

  • Identify Challenges - Identify issues/barriers to their own personal academic progress/success (e.g., ineffective study habits, poor organizational skills, personal, financial, well-being etc.).

  • Identify Resources - Identify available resources and information to help overcome barriers and develop the academic skills and resilience needed to improve grades by the end of the term and, more broadly, to succeed at a research university.

  • Build a S.M.A.R.T. Goal - Create a plan for using resources and information (e.g., tutoring, study hours, workshops, and professor/TA office hours, with monitoring as appropriate) that includes Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals (SMART Goal format).


Important deadlines for Fall 2021:

  • October 19:  Mid-semester grades are posted for lower division courses (numbering 001-099).


  • October 22:  Emails are sent to students who have one or more D, F or NP (No Pass) grade(s) with further instructions about the steps for the mid-semester intervention.


  • October 29:  Students who have 3 D, F, or NP grades are required to complete a 1:1 meeting with academic advisor and/or program staff (if student is part of a program--Fiat Lux, STEP, Guardian Scholars) should complete the meeting by October 29th.


  • November 8- November 19:  Spring 2022 registration




Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Academic Standing?

Academic standing is based on final grades for the semester as well as on the average from all of the student’s semestersEach semester students receive a grade point average (GPA) and then once they have completed more than one semester, the GPA will also be averaged out depending on how many semesters students have completed. The GPA and academic standing are based on both semester and GPA average of all semesters.


Based on the student’s GPA they are placed in the following:

Good Academic Standing

  • Both cumulative and semester GPA are above 2.0.

Academic Probation (AP)

  • Semester grade point average (GPA) is less than 2.0, or

  • Cumulative (average) University of California GPA is less than 2.0.

Subject to Academic Dismissal (SD)

  • Semester GPA is less than 1.5 and cumulative GPA is less than 2.0. or

  • Academic probation for two or more semesters and cumulative GPA is less than 2.0.


For more information about academic standing, visit the 2020-21 Catalog.


2. How do I get my hold removed?

As part of the intervention, students  with 3 DFNPS will receive a hold on their record that will prevent registration if the required steps are not completed.  The hold can be removed by completing the required steps depending on how many Non-Passing (NP), D or F grades received on their mid-semester grades.  Please refer to the email sent by your academic advisor on October 22, 2021 with further instructions.


3. How can I prepare for Midterms?

  • If a student is having academic difficulty in a course, we encourage you to utilize tutoring services.  All centers provide services virtually:

    • Writing Center:  All stages of writing and research for papers/essays/reports
    • STEM Resource Center:  Tutoring for science, math, and engineering courses
    • For more information visit the UC Merced Success Anywhere website here.

    We also advise students to utilize and attend instructor and TA’s virtual office hours.

    The Bright Success Center offers on-demand study tips and strategies - including 5-minute Bright Spot-V-Logs, short study strategy videos and virtual (Zoom) workshops

    There are also online workshops available for students to view at any time of the semester.  Topics include:

    • 10 Tips for Success in Your Online Course
    • Effectively Communicating Online
    • Online Courses: Staying Motivated & Disciplined
    • Taking Tests Online: Strategies for Success
    • 10 Habits of Mind for College Success
    • Discover Your Learning Style
    • Emotional Intelligence: The Other Key to Academic Success
    • Exam Preparation Tips and Test-Taking Strategies
    • Handling Failure In & Out of the Classroom
    • Improving Student-Faculty Relationships
    • Overcoming Procrastination - Causes & Cures
    • Reading Comprehension Strategies
    • Study Tips and Note-Taking Strategies
    • Success Strategies for First Generation Students
    • Time Management - Strategies for Success
    • What it Takes to Be a Successful Student

    In addition, the Academic Resources CatCourses Site provides information and resources to support your success, including tips, strategies and information about campus resources.


4. How can I calculate my GPA?


GPA Calculator

To calculate their GPA for the current semester, students can use the UC Merced GPA calculator .


If you have questions about calculating your GPA, connect with your academic advisor.


If students would like to learn how to manually calculate their GPA, they may use the GPA tutorial. The GPA tutorial is for students to be informed of the minimum academic expectations of UC Merced and the implications of not meeting them which can include delayed academic progress, financial and time-related consequences of delayed progress, possibility of academic dismissal. The GPA tutorial reviews academic standing policies and GPA calculation. It provides students examples on how to use equations to calculate their GPA.


5. What is a S.M.A.R.T. Goal?

As part of the workshop or 1:1 meeting, students will be expected to develop at least one SMART Goal that outlines the specific steps and resources that you plan to work on. The intervention email message prompts students to create their goal before meeting with their advisor/program.

Goal Framework--Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound

To learn more about developing a SMART goal, visit this page.