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Pass/Fail Option

Pass/Fail Option

The Pass/Fail option allows you to earn a "passing" grade P, as long as you earn a grade higher than F. The grade of P does not affect your GPA, but an F will. The Pass/Fail option was created to give students the opportunity to take classes to explore unfamiliar areas without the risk of lowering their GPA. Each degree program or school has different rules about if and how a course with the grade of P may count in the degree.

Eligibility to Apply the Pass/Fail Option

UD students must be in Academic Good Standing according to the UD Academic Standards to be eligible to petition for the Pass/Fail option.

Steps to Petition for the Pass/Fail Option
  1. Read the official Pass/Fail option statements provided on the website of Student Central on Union.
  2. Read the Pass/Fail Option Restrictions by School (below) to determine if and how a class with the grade of P will count in your intended degree program.
  3. Consult the Official Calendar on the Office of the Registrar's site to find the deadline for arranging to take the class pass/fail. You can arrange to take a class pass/fail before the term begins as long as you are enrolled in the class.
  4. Discuss your plans with your assigned University Division (or UD-Affiliated) Academic Advisor before petitioning to apply the Pass/Fail option.
  5. Fill in the Pass/Fail petition form at the University Division Records Office in Maxwell Hall Room 028. You must be currently enrolled in the course you wish to take pass/fail before you can submit the Pass/Fail petition.
Pass/Fail Option Restrictions by School:
  • COLL

    Allowed for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year.  During the freshman year, two additional HPER-E (physical activity) courses are allowed.

  • BUS

    Allowed for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year, one per term.

  • SCS

    Bachelor's degree:  allowed for a maximum of eight elective courses. Associate's degree: allowed for a maximum of four elective courses. Additional restrictions may apply. Refer to the SCS Bulletin for details.

  • DENT

    P/F Option is not permitted.

  • EDUC

    Elementary and Early Childhood Education: allowed for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year. Secondary and All-Grade: allowed for a maximum of two elective or general education courses per academic year. Speech or composition courses may not be taken P/F for any EDUC degree.

  • HPER

    Allowed for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year, one per term. Teacher certification programs follow HPER restrictions, not EDUC restrictions.

  • INFO

    Allowed for a maximum of one elective course per term for a maximum of 12 credit hours.

  • JOUR

    Allowed for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year. During the freshman year, two additional HPER-E (physical activity) courses are allowed.

  • LSTU

    Bachelor's degree, allowed for a maximum of eight elective courses. Associates degree, allowed for a maximum of four elective courses.

  • MED

    P/F Option is not permitted.

  • MUS

    No MUS or EDUC course may be taken P/F. Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science: allowed for a maximum of two free elective courses per academic year. Bachelor of Music Education: allowed for a maximum of two elective or general education courses per academic year. Speech or composition courses may not be taken P/F for any MUS degree.

  • NURS

    P/F Option is not permitted.

  • OPT

    TOPT: Elective courses only.

  • SPEA

    Bachelor of Science: allowed for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year, for a total of eight courses.

  • SWK

    Allowed for a maximum of four elective courses.