The Pass/Fail Grade

Selected courses are regularly graded on a pass/fail basis. However, students may undertake other courses on a pass/fail basis under the following conditions:

  • Courses taken on a pass/fail basis are not accepted into the major or minor;
  • Beginning Fall 2017*, courses taken on a pass/fail basis are not accepted as fulfilling Core Curriculum requirements;
  • Writing intensive courses may not be taken pass/fail;
  • To elect pass/fail grading, a student must have completed 60 or more semester hours of college work (junior standing) with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00;
  • A student may only enroll in one course per semester on an elected pass/fail basis, with a maximum of two such courses allowable toward graduation.

Students who register for such courses must indicate this choice at the time of formal registration—that is, during the period specified by the academic calendar for each semester. After this period, students may not change their registration from regular grade status to pass/fail or from pass/fail to regular grade status.

Credits transferred from other institutions to a student’s Carroll College program will not be accepted into the major, minor, or (as of Fall 2017*) Core Curriculum requirements if taken on a pass/fail basis. No more than two such courses will be allowed toward graduation whether they are taken at Carroll or at another institution.

Students taking courses on a pass/fail basis should pay special attention to faculty grading policies.

*This policy was implemented campus-wide for all students and courses beginning Fall 2017. Carroll courses and transfer courses taken before Fall 2017 that met the previous pass/fail policy conditions were grandfathered in; courses taken Fall 2017 and later fall under the revised policy, regardless of when the student began his or her studies at Carroll.