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Change grade basis

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19, the University has provided more flexibility in selecting your grade basis for fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 classes. More information is available in the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021 S/N Fact Sheet. These changes were spurred by a resolution from the Minnesota Student Association (MSA) and a student-led petition. Changes were made in consultation with MSA leadership and with numerous faculty governance bodies, advisors, Deans and Associate Deans.

Before you decide whether to change a grade basis, consider potential impacts on financial aid, graduate or professional school applications, and/or eligibility for scholarships. Talk with One Stop Student Services or your academic advisor to determine potential impacts.

For summer 2021 grade basis changes

If you would like to change your grading basis for one or more of your summer classes:

  1. You can do so on your own in MyU. You will have until the second to last day of instruction to change your grade this way. To view or change the current grade basis for your classes, go to MyU: Academics (see step-by-step instructions). 
  2. If your class has ended and you have a final grade entered, use the Change Grade Basis Request form. The deadline to use this form is August 24 at 4:30 p.m. Central.
  3. If you would like to change your grade basis for any previous term, you must fill out an Academic Policy Petition.

Deadlines to change a grade basis

Class session Student status How to change grade basis Summer 2021 deadlines
All Summer 2021 Sessions Undergraduate, graduate, and professional Change your grade basis in MyU 2nd to last day of instruction
All Summer 2021 Sessions Undergraduate Submit request form to change grade basis August 24, 2021 (by 4:30 p.m. Central)
All Summer 2021 Sessions Graduate and professional Contact your program for appeal process Last day of instruction through August 24, 2021

Choosing a grade basis

You may take a course under A-F or S/N (i.e. "pass/fail") grading bases, or you may Audit a course for no grade. In many cases, you can choose your grade basis when you register, but some courses limit the options available. 

The University policy states that you cannot take major courses with an S/N grading basis, unless a particular course required by your major is only offered with an S/N grading basis. However, there are some exceptions due to COVID-19.

Fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 policy exceptions:

  • Undergraduate: Any classes for which you select the S/N option will not count toward any credit limits on S/N classes. Additionally, classes taken S/N may fulfill undergraduate program requirements.
  • Graduate and professional: Speak with your program about exceptions to the policy. They may differ from program to program.

Contact your program or academic advisor with questions.

Important Dates


Fri, Aug 13, 2021 Last day of instruction for 13-week summer session
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Fall first semester and first 7-week sessions begin
Tue, Oct 26, 2021 Fall second 7-week session begins


Fri, Aug 13, 2021 Last day of instruction for 13-week summer session
Tue, Sep 7, 2021 Fall first semester and first 7-week sessions begin
Tue, Sep 14, 2021 Last day to receive a 100% tuition refund for canceling full semester and first 7-week session classes