Undergraduate students are permitted to request a grade of P/F (pass/fail) for some courses that are normally graded with letter grades (A through F). To make this request, the student must file a Pass/Fail Grade Option form. If the form is approved, a student who earns a grade of A through D in the course will receive a grade of P on the transcript.
While courses graded with a P will count for credit toward the degree, the grade of P will not be computed in the student’s grade point average (GPA). On the other hand, if the instructor submits a final grade of F, the F will appear on the final transcript and it will be computed in the student’s GPA.
Please note that courses taken on a pass/fail basis do not count toward the Gallatin Dean’s List minimum credit requirement of 12 credits in graded courses. Students should read all of the information below to learn about the full pass/fail option policy and procedures.
ATTENTION STUDENTS ENROLLED IN SPRING 2020: If you exercised a Pass/Fail Option for Spring 2020, please read the Pass/Fail Policy Changes for Spring 2020 Semester Only, to understand how Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Option policy differs from the regular policy listed on this page.
Gallatin undergraduate students may file a pass/fail option for certain courses by specified deadlines, as explained below. Gallatin students must file their pass/fail grade option request with Gallatin even if the course is being offered by another school within the University.
Non-Gallatin students taking Gallatin courses should investigate their home school's pass/fail grade option policy.
Undergraduate students may file a pass/fail option for most Gallatin courses as well as most courses taken at other schools within the University (including some NYU study abroad classes).
Below is a list of courses that are NOT ELIGIBLE for the pass/fail option. Students must receive a letter grade (A-F) for all of these courses:
For all Gallatin courses and for most courses offered at the other NYU schools, pass/fail options must be filed or revoked by the deadline specified on the relevant fall, J-term spring, summer or seven-week Gallatin calendar. If another school or department has a special deadline for the pass/fail option, students are expected to follow the school's or department's deadline.
For courses that meet during other sessions (e.g., 3-week or 8-week) please contact the Gallatin Office of Student Services to determine the deadline.
The pass/fail grade option may be used on one course only per full-time academic year, that is once within 32 credits (in addition to any courses that may only be taken pass/fail, such as Private Lessons). Students may only exercise the pass/fail option a total of four times during their academic career.
The deadlines above apply to the standard 14-week session courses only. Please see the Pass/Fail Grade Option Calendar to view the deadlines for other sessions (7-week, 3-week, etc.)
For questions or concerns regarding the pass/fail grade option, please contact the Gallatin Office of Student Services.