Credit/No Credit

What is Credit/No Credit?

Credit/No Credit means that a class grade will translate as credit (grade CR) if a student earns an A through C- or no credit (grade NC) if they recieve a D+ through F in the class. The grade will not factor into the student's GPA regardless of whether they earn CR or NC.

This option is available to elect for a limited time during each semester, between the 21st and 30th instructional day in a typical fall or spring semester.

Credit/No Credit may only be used for one course per semester, and cannot be elected for any course that is a requirement for the student's major(s) and/or minor(s).

Instructors are not informed that any of their students have elected Credit/No Credit. They will issue grades as they would otherwise, and the Registrar’s Office converts the grade as appropriate.


What classes qualify?

Courses that aren’t part of a student's major(s) or minor(s) qualify. (KU Core and General Electives usually qualify, but it’s a good idea to check with Zac Shields first.)


Why might I consider Credit/No Credit?

If you’re trying hard to do well in a qualifying course, but it’s unclear whether the final grade will hurt your GPA, you might want to consider Credit/No Credit as an option!


Would electing Credit/No Credit affect my eligibility for Honor Roll/Dean's List?

The School of Architecture & Design requires that students complete 15 credit hours of classes graded A-F and have a semester GPA in the top 10% of their department in order to be eligible for Honor Roll in a given semester. Because any class for which Credit/No Credit is elected is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, the credit hours attached to that class would not count toward the required hours for Honor Roll eligibility.

For example, if a student is enrolled in 15 credit hours of classes graded A-F and elects Credit/No Credit for an eligible 3-credit hour class, they would then be enrolled in 12 credit hours of classes graded A-F. They would still be enrolled in 15 credit hours total, but they would no longer be eligible for Honor Roll in that semester.


What is the process to opt for Credit/No Credit?

  1. Talk to Zac Shields during his drop-in hours (Mondays and Fridays 8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.) or by appointment. Email and phone works in a pinch, but an in-person meeting is ideal!
  2. Check the Academic Calendar to ensure that you're submitting your request within the Credit/No Credit Period (note that short courses have different deadlines, which can be found on the Academic Calendar page)
  3. Submit a Credit/No Credit request online


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