JWU has decided to make available to all undergraduate students the option of taking (or not taking) designated courses that they are currently enrolled in on a Pass/Fail basis. If a student elects this option, instead of a traditional letter grade, a grade of Pass (P) or Fail (F) will be issued at the end of the course and recorded permanently like any grade on the student's academic transcript.

There are many factors for students to consider before opting into the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option. A series of Frequently Asked Questions have been developed to help inform your decision. Weigh your options carefully based on where you are in your course. Review your grades for each assignment/project/paper as well as the syllabus to determine if there are additional requirements that may also impact your decision.

Your academic counselor and/or faculty advisor may be able to assist you in thinking through the decision but you must make the decision for yourself. It is important that you work closely with your academic counselor before deciding to change from a standard letter grade to a Pass/Fail (P/F) grade to ensure doing so does not cause any unintended consequences given degree requirements or future plans. Before proceeding with this option, students are encouraged to review the FAQ’s as well as connect with their:

  • Academic counselor to discuss how this choice may affect their academic progress or future plans; schedule an appointment online through jwuLink (Login to jwuLink > go to the Academics page > open uSucceed). How-to tutorial: Make an Appointment
  • Faculty advisor to identify any potential implications that P/F in particular courses may have on future professional plans, such as pre-requisite requirements for graduate school

Some additional things to consider include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • If you have a GPA requirement you need to meet, it may not be in your best interest to change some or all of your courses to Pass/Fail grading. A letter grade that improves your GPA is better than a P, since a P does not have an impact on your GPA. By the same token, a P is better than a grade that will lower your GPA.
  • If you need to raise or maintain your GPA for any reason, such as conditions for being in good academic standing, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), athletic eligibility, scholarship requirements, internship requirements, clubs or organizations or to meet the cumulative GPA required to graduate (2.0 for undergraduate students), etc., it may not be in your best interest to take a Pass/Fail for some, or all of your courses. You are strongly encouraged to consult your academic counselor for any academic related concerns, prior to changing any courses to Pass/Fail.
  • If you are applying to graduate or professional school or if letter grades are needed for certification or licensure, taking a course Pass/Fail (P/F) could have important implications for future graduate school admissions. Graduate schools may have prerequisites that require letter grading. If you have applied to (or are considering) a graduate program, please check with that program for information on how Pass/Fail (P/F) grading may affect your application. If you are unsure whether this may be an issue in your program, please consult with your academic counselor prior to opting for Pass/Fail. Also, if you are considering a career in health, medicine, veterinary, law, or related fields, you should also consult with your faculty advisor for guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What courses are available through the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option?

Only the undergraduate classes listed on the Spring 2021 Course Listing can be taken as Pass/Fail (even those taken online). Classes already offered as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory grading will continue to be offered as such.

How can I opt-in to Pass/Fail (P/F) grading?

  • Pass/Fail Opt-in Instructions:
  • To proceed, students must complete the below steps by the following Pass/Fail Opt-in Deadlines:
    • Session I online courses: March 1, 2021 (for students who are enrolled in Session I online courses)
    • Full semester courses: April 9, 2021
    • Session II online courses: April 26, 2021 (for students who are enrolled in Session II online courses)
  • Important Notes: This process opens Wednesday, February 24 (no earlier) and students can continue to make changes until 11:59 PM EDT on the published deadline. Also, the opt-in process will be not be open March 2-11 (when Session I grading is underway). Also, if your class has ended, the opt-in to Pass/Fail (P/F) does not apply.
  • Opt-in Steps: -Updated 3/17/2021
    • Log in to jwuLink > go to the Academics page
    • Go to the Course Registration block
    • Click Pass/Fail Opt-in (Spring 2021)
    • Click Register for Courses (if this page does not appear, skip to step 5)
    • Select Spring 2021 Semester from the dropdown
    • Select Schedule and Options tab
    • In the Grade Mode Column, select Pass/Fail from the dropdown and click submit
  • How-to tutorial:
  • Watch the following brief video for step-by-step instructions.

What are the differences between Pass (P) and Fail (F)?

  • Pass (P) = Equivalent to a traditional letter grade of "D" (60% or higher). Credit is granted for the course and it will fulfill degree requirements. Courses graded with a P will also meet prerequisite requirements for the next-level course.
  • Fail (F) = Equivalent to a traditional letter grade of "F" (59% or lower). No credit is granted for this course and it will not fulfill degree requirements. This grade will be calculated as an “F” (0.00 quality points) into grade point averages.

Will Pass/Fail (P/F) grades count in my GPA and will I receive course credit for them?

  • Pass grades will not count in your GPA. You will receive course credit for Pass grades. Additionally, if a student who is currently repeating a grade of “D” or “F” passes with a Pass, the original grade of “F” or “D” will be excluded from GPA.
  • Fail grades will count in your GPA you will not receive course credit for Fail grades.
  • All courses taken using the Pass/Fail grading option will count in attempted hours. The Fail grade will not be counted in earned hours.

If I am electing to take a course as pass/fail should I continue to participate in my course? - Added 2/25/2021

  • Yes, you must continue course participation and complete assignments.

Will taking a course(s) using the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option impact my ability to be on the Dean’s List?

  • Yes, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, with 12 credits of letter grades, which count in GPA hours, to be considered eligible for the Dean’s List. Pass/Fail grades do not count in GPA hours or towards the 12-credit eligibility for Dean’s List honors.

If I am graduating in spring 2021, how will taking a course(s) using the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option impact my ability to achieve, maintain or improve Latin Honors at graduation (i.e. cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude)?

  • If you take all of your courses using the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option, your final honors for graduation (Latin Honors) will be based on your last class semester. Taking all courses using the Pass/Fail grading option will not raise your final GPA and as such, will not change your Latin honors. Any courses that you leave with the standard letter grade mode, will be factored into your final Latin Honors GPA calculation.

I’m on internship. What should I consider when making my decision?- Added 2/26/2021

  • Consider the feedback you’ve received on your performance from your site supervisor as well as grades for any completed internship reflection assignments. If you’d like more guidance on this decision contact your advisor in Experiential Education & Career Services.

If I’m on academic probation or Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Warning, can I change my course(s) to the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option?

  • Students who are on academic probation may be able to use the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option, but these students are strongly advised to connect with their academic counselor. For example, it may make sense to take one of their courses using the P/F option, but not all courses. This will ensure that they can continue to make satisfactory academic progress toward degree and meet necessary GPA requirements, which are evaluated as part of SAP and academic standing.

What if I do not decide by the deadline; will I be able to request the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option after the deadline?

  • No. If you miss the Pass/Fail Opt-in deadline, you will receive a standard letter grade. Pass/Fail (P/F) is no longer an option. Undergraduate students may opt into the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option for one, select, or all eligible courses beginning February 24, 2021 and continue to make changes until 11:59 PM EDT on the published deadline.
    • Session I online courses: March 1, 2021
    • Full semester courses: April 9, 2021
    • Session II online courses: April 26, 2021
  • Important Notes: The opt-in process will be not be open March 2-11 (when Session I grading is underway).
  • Once the selection is made, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the changes are accepted by the system. Accordingly, no changes to grading mode will be made after the published deadline.

Once I select the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option on select or all courses, can I change my mind?

  • Yes, as long as it done before the deadline. After the deadline, students will not be able to request to adopt or change the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option. Students may not reverse their Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option back to a standard letter grade after the deadline has passed.

What if my course has already ended? Can I use the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option?

  • No. If your class has already ended, the opt-in to Pass/Fail (P/F) does not apply.

I am thinking of transferring to another school. Will classes I’ve taken as Pass/Fail be transferrable?

  • Transfer credit policies are different for each institution. If you are planning to transfer any coursework it may be best to contact the specific college/university to see how they will evaluate any Pass (P) grades earned.

I am applying to graduate school; will taking a course(s) using the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option affect my application?

  • Taking a course Pass/Fail (P/F) could have important implications for future graduate school admissions. Graduate schools may have prerequisites that require letter grading. If you have applied to (or considering) a graduate program, please check with that program for information on how Pass/Fail (P/F) grading may affect your application.

Do I need approval from anyone to select the Pass/Fail (P/F) grade option for a course(s), such as my academic counselor/advisor or the course instructor?

  • No, but you should strongly consider speaking with the course instructor and/or your academic counselor/advisor if you have concerns about your academic progression in a course or in general.

Once I have selected the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option, how can I check which course(s) will be Pass/Fail?-Updated 3/17/2021

  • Follow the steps below:
    • Login to jwuLink > go to the Academics page
    • Go to the Course Registration block
    • Click Pass/Fail Opt-in (Spring 2021)
    • Click Register for Courses (if this page does not appear, skip to step 5)
    • Select Spring 2021 Semester from the dropdown
    • Select the Schedule and Options tab
    • In the Grade Mode column, you will see the courses that are listed as Standard or Pass/Fail.
    • The ones that are listed as Pass/Fail, are the ones for which you have selected the Pass/Fail grading option

What academic support resources are available to me? - Added 2/25/2021

Who do I contact if the system won’t let me change a course to the Pass/Fail (P/F) grading option?


How-to tutorial:

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