Grading Option (Pass/ Fail/ Withdrawal)

Pass/Fail Policy

  • Deadline: Pass/fail deadline typically is by the end of the 9th week of the term (the fourth week of a six-week summer session).
    • For Shanghai courses, students may check the NYU Shanghai academic calendar for the changing grading basis deadline.
    • For courses offered at global sites, you would need to follow the global sites deadline.
  • Grading: "P" or "F" will be recorded on the transcript for those students choosing this option. P includes the grades of A, B, C, and D. 
  • Grade Point Average (GPA): P is not counted in the grade point average. F is counted in the grade point average.
  • Credits: Students may elect one pass/fail option each term, including the summer sessions, for a total of not more than 32 credits during their college career. (For Fall 2020, students should refer to the Fall 2020 Pass/Fail Grade Policy.)
  • Degree Requirement: The pass/fail option is not acceptable in the major, the minor, or any of the courses taken in fulfillment of the Core Curriculum requirements. (For Fall 2020, students should refer to the Fall 2020 Pass/Fail Grade Policy.)
  • Preprofessional Courses: Students considering the pass/fail option in their area of study or in required preprofessional courses should consult with their advisor about the effect of such grades on admission to graduate and professional schools.
  • Academic Probation: Students currently on Academic Probation should be aware that a grade of P will automatically lead to Continued Probation for the following semester.

Course Withdrawal Policy

  • Deadline: Same as pass/fail deadline above. Check the NYU Shanghai academic calendar.
  • Full-time Status: Students are expected to maintain a full-time program (minimum 12 credits) and are unable to reduce their program to part-time status if enrolled full-time at the beginning of the semester.
  • Grading: Students will receive a "W" grade on the transcript for the course(s) withdrawn.

Grading Option FAQs

Should I choose pass/fail for my course?

Pass/Fail grading is designed for students to explore their academic interests outside their major areas without taking the risk of impacting their GPA. However, P grade typically might be perceived by others as a lower grade ("C" or "D"). During your undergraduate program, sometimes a few "P" grades are fine as long as you can explain the reasons behind them. In practice, it is inadvisable to take too many courses pass/fail. Below are some questions you should think about before choosing the pass/fail grading option. 

1) Academic considerations: What is your current grade? What grading components remain for the semester? What's the best possible final grade for the course?

2) Academic support: Have you talked to the professor about the workload and demands of the rest of the course? Have you been using the professor's office hours? Have you been using Academic Resource Center? Are there any ways you can improve?

3) Graduate school and internship considerations: Are you thinking about applying to graduate schools and internships in the future? Have you thought about how grad schools and internships may perceive a "P" grade as opposed to a letter grade?

Can I withdraw from Global Perspectives on China, Writing as Inquiry, or Perspective on the Humanities?

Can I withdraw from Global Perspectives on China?

No. Students cannot withdraw from Global Perspectives on China.

Can I withdraw from Writing as Inquiry?

Yes. However, withdrawing from Writing as Inquiry would put students a year behind because Writing as Inquiry is a prerequisite for Perspectives on the Humanities.

Can I withdraw from Perspective on the Humanities?

Yes. Students can withdraw from Perspective on the Humanities. However, you have to retake and pass the course to graduate.

Perspective on the Humanities (PoH) is only offered in the fall semesters. If you retake this course in your junior year, it might impact your study away plan. Since PoH is a foundational writing course, it is not recommended for students to retake it in the senior year.   

To get academic support for your course(s), you could visit the professor's office hours and schedule an appointment with the Academic Resource Center!

After requesting the pass/fail grading option, can I change my grade to a letter grade?

No. Students can no longer change the decision once the pass/fail request is submitted. 

"Request Class Withdrawal" function is not available in Albert. What should I do?

If the "Request Class Withdrawal" function is not available in Albert, students may submit a course withdrawal request form.