US University Education System
School Calendar system: The United States colleges and universities have three school calendar systems.
- The most common is the “Semester System”, the whole year is divided into two Semesters of spring and autumn;
- The second is the “Quarter System” which is divided into four academic quarters, 10 weeks per quarter;
- The third is the “Trimester System” which is divided into three equal-length semesters each year, 15 weeks per semester, split by holidays.
American students’ academic performance and progress often measured by “credits” or “score” to measure. A credit stands for one hour of classroom study or two to three hours of laboratory study per week in a semester. If students take one hour of class per week, and the results meet the requirements, then they get a credit. The schools will grant degree to students based on their accumulated credits. U.S. university credit is mutual recognised, students can transfer accumulated credits from a university to another university. Grading scale: U.S. schools commonly adopt “Letter Grade”, each letter equals to a fraction, students can calculate the grade point average (GPA). Calculation as follows :
- 90-100: A;
- 80-89: B;
- 70-79: C;
- 60-69: D ;
- 60 or below, E, F, I, N or U.