Office of Undergraduate Studies

Pass/No Pass

Undergraduate students (degree candidates and non-degree students enrolled at the undergraduate level), other than students participating in the Pre-College Scholars program, may elect to take one course each fall and spring semester on a Pass/No Pass grading basis, provided they remain enrolled in at least 3 semester hours of courses for regular evaluative grades. 

Enrollment in courses that are graded on a Pass/No Pass basis (e.g., PHED 55A Cardio-Fitness (First Half)) does not preclude a student's use of the Pass/No Pass option in another courses taken that same term.  The Pass/No Pass option is not available during the summer session or to undergraduate degree candidates enrolled at the graduate or professional levels through the IGS program or Senior Year in Professional Studies.

Instructors are not notified of a student's use of this option.  They submit evaluative grades for all students, and these are converted to Pass/No Pass in the Registrar's Office.  Courses elected on a Pass/No Pass basis and completed with a grade of D or higher will be entered with the grade P on the student’s transcript. Courses taken Pass/No Pass for which a grade of F is earned will have NP entered on the transcript. Students who earn a P grade will earn credit for the course, while those who earn NP will not.  Grades of P and NP are not included in computing the grade point average.

Students may submit an on-line Pass/No Pass Option form at any time in the fall or spring semester after the end of the drop/add period and before 5:00 p.m. on the day of the course withdrawal deadline for that semester (currently the 11th Friday of the semester for upperclass students, including new transfer students; and the last day of classes for first year students).

Use of the Pass/No Pass option is subject to the following restrictions:

  1. All courses to be counted toward major, minor, or SAGES/general education/core requirements must be taken for regular evaluative grades.  If a student opts for the Pass/No Pass option in a course, that course will not be counted toward any of these requirements.
  2. Students majoring in any Weatherhead School of Management degree program (accounting or management) may not use the Pass/No Pass option for any Weatherhead School of Management courses (ACCT, BAFI, BLAW, ENTP, LHRP, MGMT, MIDS, MKMR, OPMT, ORBH, OPRE, PLCY), either required or elective.
  3. A decision to use the Pass/No Pass option is irrevocable unless the student needs that course to complete requirements for a major or minor declared in a subsequent semester.  In that event, the student may request that the Office of Undergraduate Studies reveal the grade on the transcript at the start of the student's final term at Case Western Reserve University.