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Want to take an interesting, unfamiliar, or challenging course but are worried how it might affect your GPA? Many degree programs will allow you to take a class as “pass/fail.” If you receive a grade of D or above, you will receive credit hours for the course and a grade of P on your academic record, but your grade will not affect your GPA. (Of course, if you receive an F, your GPA will be adversely affected.)
Talk to Your Advisor
Every degree program has different requirements for taking pass/fail courses. If you’re interested in pursuing this option, you’ll need to get approval from your academic advisor and return it to the dean of your school or college by the pass/fail deadline, published in the Official Calendar.
Pass/Fail Restrictions by School
College of Arts & Sciences: The pass/fail option is limited to a maximum of two elective courses per academic year. During your freshman year, two additional HPER-E (physical activity) courses are allowed.
Kelley School of Business: The pass/fail option is limited to two elective courses per academic year, one per term.
School of Dentistry: The pass/fail option is not permitted.
School of Education: Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education majors can choose the pass/fail option for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year. Secondary Education and All-Grades Education majors can choose the pass/fail option for two elective or general education courses per academic year. Speech and composition classes may not be taken as pass/fail for any degree program.
School of Public Health (formerly HPER): The pass/fail option is limited to two elective courses per academic year, one per term. Health education and physical education teacher certification programs adhere to these guidelines, not to the School of Education guidelines.
School of Informatics and Computing: The pass/fail option is allowed for one elective course per term, for a maximum of 12 credit hours.
Department of Labor Studies: If you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree, you can choose the pass/fail option for a maximum of eight elective courses. If you are pursuing an associate’s degree, you can choose the pass/fail option for a maximum of four elective courses.
School of Medicine: The pass/fail option is not permitted.
Jacobs School of Music: No music or education course can be taken as pass/fail. If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Science degree, you may choose the pass/fail option for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year. If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Music Education degree, you may choose the pass/fail option for a maximum of two elective or general education courses per academic year. Speech or composition courses may not be taken as pass/fail for any music degree.
School of Nursing: The pass/fail option is not permitted.
School of Optometry: The pass/fail option is permitted for elective courses only.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA): If you are pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree, you may choose the pass/fail option for a maximum of two elective courses per academic year, for a total of eight courses.
School of Social Work: The pass/fail option is permitted for a maximum of four elective courses.
University Division: UD students must be in Academic Good Standing according to the UD Academic Standards to be eligible to petition for the Pass/Fail option.
Audit a Class
You can choose to take a class for no credit, also known as auditing a class. Classes taken as audits are not counted as completed academic credit, but they will be reflected on your grade report and on your transcript as “NC” (no credit). Audit classes are excluded from consideration for official IU certification purposes.
Sorry! Kelley School of Business and Spanish classes are not available for audit enrollment.
As always, it's important to remember that each school and degree program have different requirements and policies. If you're interested in pursuing this option, you should talk to your advisor about the possibility and check the policies for your school or program.
If you are not taking any classes for credit, you can register as an audit-only student on or after the first day of classes. You’ll need to complete some paperwork, get a signature by each department for each course you wish to audit, and submit the forms online to Student Central on Union. Go to the Contact Us link and select the request option Audit All Class(es) for the required paperwork and additional instructions.
For an estimate of tuition expenses for audit-only enrollment, see the Office of the Bursar's Tuition Estimator. Under the Level dropdown, be sure to select "Auditing (no credit)".
Course Audits for Enrolled Students
If you are taking one or more classes for credit and wish to enroll in an additional class as an auditor, you can submit your request on or after the day of your initial registration for the term. You’ll need to get a Memorandum for Course Audit—Enrolled Students signed by each course department and return it to Student Central on Union.
Student Teachers/Doctoral Students
Student teaching assignments are made by the Office of Student Teaching in the School of Education. Because students who participate in student teaching receive academic credit, it is necessary to register for this program as a student would for any other class.
Some student teaching and practicum classes may require permission/authorization.
Contact the School of Education at (812) 856-8500 for additional information.
If you are a doctoral student and you have completed all requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation and final examination, you are required to register for at least one hour of graduate credit for each semester you enrolled at the applicable resident or nonresident rate. This will qualify you as a full-time student for certification purposes by the Office of the Registrar.
Similarly, if you plan to complete your degree requirements during a summer session, you must be enrolled for at least one hour of graduate credit during the summer session in which you are enrolled to maintain full-time student status.
For more information, contact your school or division.
Retake a Class
If you received a grade lower than an A, you may be eligible to retake the class and remove the first grade from your grade point average. If you wish to pursue this option, you must visit your advisor and/or Student Central on Union to complete an Extended-X (EX) Petition.
You may apply for an Extended-X for a maximum of three courses or 10 credit hours, whichever comes first. You may only replace a grade for a course once.
If you choose to apply the Extended-X Policy to a specific course, you must notify your school or college, or University Division if you have not yet chosen a major, prior to your date of graduation.
Please note: Some schools do not honor this policy when considering school admission, graduation, and probation. Talk with your advisor before you exercise this option.