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Queen's University

To access the the SOLUS Student Centre, login to the My.QueensU portal and select SOLUS on the blue bar.

Queen's New Grading System FAQs

1) Where can I find the new grading legend and conversion information?

The new grading legend, including conversion information, can be found by clicking on the following link:


2) Will I still be able to have percentage grades reported on courses I take after April 30, 2011?

Percentage grades will NOT be used as official grades after April 30, 2011.  

Percentage grades earned and recorded prior to May 1, 2011 will continue to be reported as percentage grades.

After May 1, 2011 PeopleSoft will automatically convert any percentages to the new letter/GPA grading system. This will be the format that is used for all official correspondence, including Official Transcripts, starting May 1, 2011.

Percentages will only be used in order to help determine a GPA for historical (pre-May 1, 2011) grades for continuing students.   GPAs will not be included for students no longer registered on or after May 1, 2011.

2) Will the marks for the current Fall/Winter (2010-2011) term be calculated as both GPA and percentage grades?

Percentage grades submitted for the current academic year, 2010-2011, will not be converted to the letter/GPA grading system.

The course weights for in-progress students will be converted to the new weighting system and grade points will be assigned to percentage grades, according to the Senate-approved conversion table, to calculate a grade point average (GPA).

3) On SOLUS, will there be an option for the GPA to be calculated without including summer courses, as some Graduate schools request?

The cumulative GPA will show ALL courses, regardless to which term they were taken. Graduate schools will be able to pull out the information they need from the new transcript without any problems as the grades are separated by term.  GPA is also reported for each term.

4) Will SOLUS give the student interim (or updated/mid-term) marks instead of just final marks?

This is not something that will change with the implementation of SOLUS. Instructors will only submit their (final) marks at the end of the term.

5) Will this term's grades be provided in the new format (i.e.: letter grades rather than numeric grades), or does the new system of grade reporting start with the Summer term courses?

The new grading system becomes effective May 1, 2011 with the Summer term. Instructors will submit grades electronically to PeopleSoft for the Winter 2011 Term, but the grades will be according to the system used prior to May 1, 2011.

6) Do the previous grades on transcripts coming out later this year stay as is, or do they simply get converted to the new letter grades, with the previous numeric grades not appearing?

All grades prior to May 1, 2011 will remain unchanged. Percentage grades received up to, and including, April 30th, 2011 will not be converted to letter grades. A change of grade relating to any term prior to April 30th, 2011 will continue to reflect the system used prior to May 1, 2011.

Letter grades will become the official grading system for academic terms commencing on, or after, May 1st, 2011.

7) How do GPAs get calculated for previous terms? Do you start reporting GPAs just for the new term, with no GPA reporting for previous terms when numeric grades were used?

Historical course weights will be converted to credit units, and a GPA will be calculated for previous terms based on the approved conversion range for percentage grades (published on the OUR website and on the Official Transcript legend). GPAs will not print on transcripts for students who are not registered after May 1, 2011.

The transcript for new and continuing students will show a term and cumulative GPA.

8) When did the new SOLUS Student Centre come online to replace QCARD?

SOLUS came online on March 9th, 2011.

SOLUS will be used for all purposes (including registering for summer courses, accessing financial accounts, and updating summer mailing addresses, ordering transcripts, applying to graduate).

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