Pass⁄Fail

You are allowed to take up to 30 credits Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit. (Pass/Fail is an option.  Credit/No Credit is a mandatory grading pattern established at the course level.)

Keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • No class in your major or minor may be taken Pass/Fail.
  • The 4th term of your language requirement may not be taken Pass/Fail.
  • You have until the end of third week of a full term to decide if you want to modify a class Pass/Fail.
  • You must earn at least a C– to receive a Pass for a class.

Other factors to consider:

  • Instructors do not know you are taking courses Pass/Fail unless you tell them.
  • Pass/Fail grades do not calculate into your GPA.
  • You should NOT take pre-professional requirements (pre-med or pre-business courses) as Pass/Fail.
  • You should always take your coursework seriously. Do not slack off on work in a Pass/Fail class.
  • If in doubt about taking a class Pass/Fail, talk to your Advisor

You make a course Pass/Fail by adding the election modifier "P/F" via Wolverine Access. You may do this any time after you have registered for the course, up until the third-week Open Drop/Add deadline. You may remove the P/F modifier just as easily, also up until the third week deadline. After the third week, it is impossible to add or remove the P/F modifier.

Common Pass/Fail Questions

Non-Graded Courses (P/F, CR/NC, S/U)Students may count a maximum 30 non-graded credits toward the 120 credits required for a degree. Non-graded credits are earned in courses for which no letter grade (A through E) is recorded on the transcript.

Students may count a maximum 30 non-graded credits toward the 120 credits required for a degree. Non-graded credits are earned in courses for which no letter grade (A through E) is recorded on the transcript. Only those non-graded credits actually earned are counted as part of the total number of non-graded credits applicable toward a degree.

  1. A student cannot choose to elect a course by the CR/NC and S/U grading patterns; the optional non-graded pattern is P/F.
  2. Non-graded courses earn credit toward a degree but not honor points. Therefore, "Pass" (or "Credit") grades do not enter into the computation of the term or cumulative grade point averages.
  3. A change in grading pattern for a course is not permitted after the first three weeks of a full term (first two weeks of a half-term). Grading pattern choices must be modified through the registration system. Courses elected after the third week of a term may not be elected on a non-graded basis unless the course is offered as a "mandatory non-graded" course. The only exceptions to this policy are short courses (e.g., EARTH 101-115) which have started after the beginning of the term. In these cases, the grading pattern may not be changed after the second week of class. The Academic Standards Board does not grant exceptions to this policy.
  4. The College holds students responsible for ensuring the accuracy and completeness of their class schedule.
  5. Instructor approval is not required for a choice in the elected grading pattern nor should the instructor be informed of such a choice. Instructors report letter grades (A through E) for all students in their courses, except in mandatory CR/NC courses. In the case of a student who has chosen to elect a course "Pass/Fail," the Office of the Registrar converts the letter grades according to the following policies:
    • Grades of A through C– are posted on a transcript as "P" (Pass); credit toward a degree is earned.
    • Grades of D through E are posted on a transcript as "F" (Fail); no degree credit is earned.
  6. In the case of an incomplete course elected "Pass/Fail," credit is posted only when the work has actually been completed and a grade of at least C– has been reported. "Pass/Fail" courses which are not finished lapse to "Fail," although the term and cumulative grade point averages remain unaffected.
  7. If the instructor of a mandatory Credit/No Credit course believes that the amount and quality of a student's work is such that it deserves credit, CR (Credit) is posted on the transcript. If the instructor believes that a student's work does not justify the awarding of credit, NC (No Credit) is posted on the transcript. Courses offered mandatory Credit/No Credit are designated in the course listings.
  8. Students who have transferred "non-graded" credit to the College must count that credit as part of the maximum 30 hours of "non-graded" credit which may be counted toward an LSA degree. Advanced Placement credit as well as transfer courses for which students earned grades at another institution do not count against the 30-credit limit.
  9. Classes at Camp Davis may not be elected on a Pass/Fail basis (effective  Spring Term 2012).
  10. Non-graded courses may be included in a distribution plan.
  11. Pass/Fail courses may not be included in a concentration plan or in an academic minor.
  12. Experiential and Directed Reading/Independent Study courses that are graded on a Credit/No Credit or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis may be included in a concentration program.
  13. The final course in a sequence used to fulfill the Language Requirement may not be elected on a Pass/Fail basis. (Effective for all students admitted to the College in Fall Term, 1995 and thereafter.)
  14. In computing the grade point average for honorary societies, the reported letter grades for "non-graded" elections are computed into the cumulative grade point average.
  15. No course elected "Pass/Fail" will receive the Honors notation on the transcript or be counted as an "Honors" course for the Sophomore Honors Award.
  16. A student may pay a special fee set by the Registrar's Office and request a specially prepared appendix to the transcript on which the original grades submitted for all courses elected "Pass/Fail" are listed.