Do you want to take an interesting, unfamiliar, or challenging course, but are worried about how it might affect your GPA? Many degree programs will let you take a class as pass/fail. If you receive a grade of D or above, you’ll get credit hours for the course and a grade of P on your academic record, but your GPA won’t reflect the grade. But keep in mind that if you receive an F, that F will appear on your transcript and be calculated into your GPA.
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Every degree program has different requirements for taking the pass/fail option—check your school’s academic bulletin for details. Most pass/fail courses are electives.
If you want to take a class as pass/fail, you’ll need to get a pass/fail option form from your academic advisor. Fill out the form, get the required signatures, and return the form to the dean of your school or college by the pass/fail deadline.