Pass/Fail Grade

In registering for courses, students may choose between normal grading status (receiving a letter grade) and pass/fail.

  • In courses taken on a pass/fail basis, a passing letter grade (any grade above an F, including a D) assigned by the instructor is converted to P by the Registrar's Office and entered on the student's transcript. P is not calculated into the cumulative average, but an F is entered as a 0.0 and does affect the grade point average. Instructors are not informed by the Registrar as to who is enrolled on a pass/fail basis.
  • Courses taken to fulfill any Foundational Approach requirement, the Sector Requirement, the Major or Minor Requirement cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • College students may take no more than 8 c.u. of coursework pass/fail, though advisors generally recommend against this many.
  • Students may change the grading status of a course from normal to pass/fail (or vice versa) in Penn InTouch through the end of the fifth full week of classes.

Freshmen are strongly advised not to take courses on a pass/fail basis.

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