Grading Options

In addition to traditional grading ("A+" - "F") a student may opt to be graded in registered courses by credit/no credit, or audit. The Credit/No Credit grading option must be declared by the midpoint of the course. Audit grading options must be declared by the end of the first week of the semester (Spring or Fall) or by the end of the first class day (Summer or Three Week Session).

Tuition rates and related fees are identical for each of these grading options. Grading options cannot be changed after the deadlines outlined above. Each option is described as follows:

Credit/No Credit

A student may elect one course each semester (a summer session is considered a semester) for which they choose to be graded on the basis of credit/no credit. A student must declare the grading option by the midpoint of the course. Credit/no credit refers only to a final grade in the course, as recorded by the Registrar. Nothing will change in the content of the course or the course examinations. When a student completes the course, they will receive a letter grade. If that grade is at least a "C" the student will receive credit for the course. If the letter grade is "C-" or lower, the student will receive no credit for the course. In either case, the student's GPA will not be affected. Courses taken on a credit/no credit basis are not included among the necessary 12 credit hours to be considered for the Dean’s List. Students may elect this grading option, subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The student must have met all of the prerequisites required for enrollment in the course chosen.
  2. The CR/NC grading option cannot be designated for courses required in a major, comprehensive major, minor, or endorsement area of study.
  3. The student may choose only one course per semester, unless it is an established function of the course, to be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
  4. A maximum of 24 credit hours may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
  5. Students wishing to declare a course CR/NC must do so by the midpoint of the course.
    1. Graduate Students: At the graduate level, credit/no-credit grading must be a function of the course and may not be the choice of the student.

The responsibility for assuring that the student satisfies the above restrictions lies with the student and their advisor. 

Audit Grading

Audit grading does not result in the accumulation of credit hours applicable to a program of study. No audited course may be subsequently granted credit unless it is repeated as a re-registered course under the traditional grading option.

Auditing is generally limited to one course per semester, but is not specifically limited to a cumulative total. Auditing may be opted without regard for the student's classification. Students who wish to audit a course must complete a request form at the Office of the University Registrar by the end of the first week of the semester (Spring or Fall) or by the end of the first class day (Summer).