PASS/FAIL Grade Option for Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students may request that a course they are enrolled in be taken under the Pass/Fail grade option. Undergraduate students can apply no more than 12 credit hours of PP/PS (see below) grades taken under the Pass/Fail grade option over the entirety of their degree program. These restrictions do not apply to courses that are only offered as Pass/Fail.

To utilize this option, students should submit the Undergraduate Change in Grade Mode Authorization Form.

Students may not use the Pass/Fail grade option:

1. To satisfy a prerequisite that requires a minimum grade of B
2. For courses that may count toward the requirements of the student’s major

Under the Pass/Fail grade option, students would have grades reported as either:

PP: Grade of pass (equivalent to letter grade of A, B or C) is awarded for certain courses to denote satisfactory completion of requirements equivalent to the letter grades of A-C. The grade of PP is not included in the calculation of GPA. The grade of PP will satisfy course requirements of a minimum grade of C to advance to another course.

PS: Grade of pass (equivalent to letter grade of D) is awarded for certain courses to denote satisfactory completion of requirements equivalent to the letter grade of D. The grade of PS is not included in the calculation of GPA. The grade of PS will not satisfy course requirements of a minimum grade of C to advance to another course and students may have to retake the course if they change their major and a minimum letter grade of C was required.

F: Grade of fail (equivalent to letter grade of F) is considered not passing and is included in the calculation of the GPA.

Students should consult with an advisor to understand the implications of their decision. Instructors of record will not be aware of the student choice. Each faculty member will evaluate student performance in the course consistent with expectations outlined in the course syllabus. If a student has opted for the Pass/Fail grade option, the assigned grade will be converted to the appropriate Pass/Fail designation pursuant to the letter grade earned. For example, the instructor would enter a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F) as usual. If the student has chosen the Pass/Fail grade option, then grades A, B or C become a PP; a grade of D becomes a PS; and a grade of F becomes an F. 

For more information, please visit, The VCU Bulletin or The Office of the Provost Pass Fail FAQ page.