P/NP versus Grade

Updated 4/22/20

Considering P/NP for a class this semester?

Not every class at SRJC is set up to be taken for Pass/No Pass.  If the class is already offered with the ability to take it as Pass/No Pass, you can change it between Pass/No Pass, or letter grade, until the end of the semester.  

 

Before changing from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass, it may be in your best interest to consult with a Counselor or directly with your transfer school(s). As a precaution it may be better to wait to make that decision until you are sure the grade you are receiving is going to negatively impact your record. 

Right now there a few factors to consider:

  • Before changing from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass, it may be in your best interest to consult with a Counselor or directly with your transfer school(s). You may want to proceed with caution if you are considering graduate school, as letter grades may be required for that admission process or recommended in staying competitive.

  • CSU Transfers- CSUs are permitting Pass/No Pass grades taken in spring/summer 2020 to be used toward "golden four" coursework, general education classes, and major prep classes. This has been confirmed by all 23 campuses. However, the cap on the number of P/NP units a student can use varies per campus. The CSU has not put out a statement on whether any P/NP unit caps will be lifted. To be safe, please contact the CSUs on your list to see how many P/NP units they will allow.

  • UC Transfers- UCs have temporarily lifted the cap on the number of Pass/No Pass units from spring/summer 2020 that a student can use toward the 60 minimum UC units to reach junior-level standing as well toward the IGETC general education pattern. If you are following the 7-course pattern instead of IGETC, UC-E (Written Composition) and UC-M (Mathematics) allow “Pass” for courses taken in spring/summer 2020. However, if an IGETC course, UC-M, or UC-E also counts as a major requirement, proceed with caution. The UCs do not have a system-wide policy on Pass/No Pass grades for major classes.While UC Riverside and UC Irvine have both announced that "Pass" will be accepted in all major prep courses taken in spring 2020, other UC campuses have not made this announcement. Students considering a change in their major prep courses from a letter grade to Pass/No Pass should still contact any other UC programs on their list to determine what they will allow. 
    • While UC Irvine and UC Riverside have announced that "Pass" from spring 2020 will be accepted in major prep for admission purposes, one admitted, the program could later require a letter grade to graduate with the degree. In this case, you could seek a reversal from P/NP to letter grade by speaking with an SRJC Counselor. Otherwise, you may need to retake the class for a letter grade. Before you make this change, it is highly recommended that you consult with the transfer institution. 
    • Fall 2020 admits only at this time: UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, and UC Santa Barbara have agreed to accept Pass grades in major preparation completed in spring 2020.
    • Fall 2020 admits and Fall 2021 applicants: UC Davis has agreed to accept Pass grades in major preparation completed in spring 2020
  • International Students who need to demonstrate English proficiency may still need a letter grade in their English courses. Consult with each school to see if a letter grade is acceptable in this case.

  • SRJC permits Pass/No Pass grades for your major classes; HOWEVER, if you plan to use the class for a transfer major as well (and are considering the UCs), then taking the class for a letter grade will be the safer option.