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 Requirement or a minor 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 ninth week of the semester or just before Advance Registration, whichever comes first. See the Academic Calendar for exact dates.

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

Pass/Fail Grade at Graduation

Any courses taken on a pass/fail basis that are later certified by the department or program as being part of a major or minor will be uncovered upon graduation.

Grade Type for Courses in the Major

All courses taken for a major must be taken for a letter grade, not pass/fail. Some departments have a minimum grade requirement for all courses within the major.