Pass/NoPass FAQ’s

This information page is for undergraduate students. Pass/No Pass information for graduate students can be found here.


What is Pass/NoPass?

As long as you pass the course—i.e. earn a D or higher—you would receive full credit for a course but no letter grade.  Instead, you will receive a “P” on your transcript, and the grade will not be factored into your GPA.  A grade of NP does not earn course credits, and the course will not be applicable toward any requirements. But the course will not factor into your major, minor, or overall GPA. There will be no F grades for the Spring 2020 semester.


Can I take any spring 2020 course Pass/No Pass?

Yes—core curriculum/LSC, major and minor courses, and electives can all be taken Pass/No Pass.


Can any student take a course Pass/No Pass?

Students pursuing Vermont educational licensure cannot take an Education course Pass/No Pass.  Exploratory majors considering an Education major should take Education courses for a letter grade.   


Is there a limit on how many spring 2020 courses I can take Pass/No Pass?

No—with the exception of students in the honors program (see below).


What grade counts as a Pass?

As stated above, any grade for which Saint Michael’s grants course credit, which is a D or higher. 


How do I change a course to Pass/NoPass?

You need to fill out the Pass/Fail Grading Request Form.


What is the deadline for deciding?

Tuesday May 12th at 12pm. This is after you have received your final grades.


What if I already filled out a Pass/Fail form?

We will process your request beginning on the 12th unless you inform us you would like to keep the letter grade. All students will see an A-F letter grade in Knightvision before May 12th. Ps and NPs will only appear in Knightvision and on your transcripts after that time.


How will graduate schools look at Pass/No Pass grades?

While graduate institutions likely will have to make exceptions for the spring of 2020, we don’t know this for certain.  Students worried about this question should consider completing the specific classes for a letter grade and shouldn’t make any decisions without consulting their advisor. 


Can I still make the Dean’s List if I take courses Pass/No Pass?

Yes.  In order to be eligible for the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester, you must be enrolled in at least 8 credits of normally graded (A-F) coursework. 


Can students in the Honors Program take courses Pass/Pass?

Honors students may take only one course Pass/No Pass in the spring 2020 semester.  A student may choose a regular course or an Honors Program course, but the Senior Capstone is not an option for Pass/No Pass.    


Can I still graduate with Latin Honors if I take courses Pass/No Pass? 

Yes. Latin Honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude and Cum Laude) are determined by cumulative GPA at the time of degree completion. Students who take Pass/No Pass courses in the spring of 2020 will be considered for Latin Honors based on their cumulative GPA. Courses graded with P will not count toward the GPA.