Pass/No Pass Option

The Navigator 2012-14

If you enroll in a course to be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis, your final grade will be either P (Pass) or NP (No Pass). Under this grading option, you will receive a final grade of P for work that is clearly passing, i.e., which would earn a letter grade of C or better. For work below this level (i.e., equivalent to C-, D+, D, D-, or F), you will receive a grade of NP. Courses which are graded NP earn no credit toward graduation. The grades P and NP both appear on your official transcript, but are not calculated in your GPA.

The P/NP grading option must be selected when you are enrolling in a course. You may change your grading option before the grade option deadline, listed in the Academic Calendar. You cannot change your grading option after that date.

Limits on the Pass/No Pass Grading Option

Students who entered UCSC prior to fall 2001 have different limits on selecting the P/NP grading option than students who first entered UCSC in fall 2001 or later. It is therefore important that you follow the rules appropriate for you. If you are not clear about which set of rules applies to you, consult your college academic adviser or the Office of the Registrar.

Students Entering UCSC Fall 2001 or Later

You must be in good academic standing to choose the P/NP grading option. If you request P/NP grading during pre-enrollment for a course and you are later placed on academic probation, your P/NP grading request will be cancelled. (Note: You may enroll in a course that is only offered for P/NP grading even if you are not in good academic standing.)

No more than 25 percent of your credits earned at UCSC may be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. You must exercise your P/NP grading option carefully. If you end up with too many UCSC credits graded P/NP, you will not be able to graduate.

While courses graded P/NP may be used to satisfy general education requirements, some departments place limits on P/NP grading in courses used to satisfy major or pre-major requirements. A few departments require that all courses used to satisfy the major must be taken for a letter grade. It is therefore important that you do not choose the Pass/No Pass option in any course for which you may eventually need a letter grade. (Grading status in a course may not be changed after the grade option deadline for the term in which you take the course.)

Students Who Entered UCSC Before Fall 2001

There is no limit on the number of credits that may be graded on a Pass/No Pass basis. You may select the P/NP grading option even if you are not in good academic standing. When enrolling in courses, you must choose either letter grading or P/NP grading for the course. (Grading status may not be changed after the grade option deadline for that term.)

Students entering between fall 1997 and spring 2001 who attempt at least two-thirds of their UCSC credits for letter grades have an official UCSC GPA listed on their transcript.

Students who attempt more than one-third of their UCSC credits on a P/NP basis cannot have an official UCSC GPA (but read the section on UC Grade Point Average).The Committee on Educational Policy has ruled that students who entered UCSC before fall 2001 are not subject to departmental restrictions on P/NP grading for courses used to satisfy major requirements.


Revised 10/06/15