How Pass/No Pass has changed this semester – and what you need to know

As the pandemic has changed nearly every part of our daily life, the way online school is conducted is no different. Throughout the past academic year, BSU has incorporated a grading system called Pass/No Pass (P/NP), which gives students flexibility in how they receive their grades.

The main reason to participate in this grading structure is to take some anxiety off of the way we’ve all had to readjust to learning online. Opting into a P/NP grade, meant that the letter grade you might have received for a specific class would not affect your GPA. This semester, BSU is continuing this grading system but making slight alterations. 

For the Spring 2021 semester, students still have the option to opt-in to receiving a P/NP grade for a class, but it does come with some slight changes. This new grading structure is now called “High Pass (HP), Mid Pass (MP), Low Pass (LP), No Pass (NP)” and here’s what you need to know if you decide to use it. 

  1. If opting into this system, BSU students will no longer see a P/NP grade alone on their transcript. This new grading style will be separated and determined by the letter grade you received in the class. For example, if you received a letter grade between C+ to C-, the grade shown on your transcript will be MP. If you received a letter grade between A and B-, the grade on your transcript will be HP.
  2. This policy is not for the Spring 2021 semester alone and will continue beyond it.
  3. BSU students may only opt-in to this grading system for 8 credits of Core Curriculum or Free Elective classes in the Spring ‘21 semester. After, they may use it for a maximum of 12 credits throughout their undergraduate career with BSU.
  4. Students can not use this for a course that they are repeating.
  5. The deadline to opt-in to this grading system is May 1, 2021. 

It is suggested that students speak with their advisor before deciding to opt-in to the HP/MP/LP/NP grading structure as it may affect financial aid, dean’s list requirements, and more. 

For more information and to download the request form, visit the Registrar.

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