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BBA: Non-Graded (Pass/Fail) Courses

Ross School of Business students may NOT elect any Ross (business) classes Pass/Fail unless the classes are set up as mandatory pass/fail. This rule applies to all Ross School of Business students and Ross classes, regardless of earned credits or year in program. Students are responsible for validating their correct grading basis in Wolverine Access during registration.

Prior to electing any coursework as optional pass/fail, Ross School of Business students are encouraged to consider this decision carefully and discuss this decision with a Ross Academic Advisor. Whether a student may elect a course as optional pass/fail and the deadlines for when that election may take place are determined by the home school of the student. Students should review the information below carefully, and check with a Ross Academic Advisor or Ross Academic Services in advance if there are any questions.

BBA Student Guidelines:

  • BBA students are allowed to take non-Ross classes (e.g. LSA, Engineering, etc.) on a non-graded basis (P/F, CR/NC, S/U).
  • Non-graded courses may be included in a distribution plan. (Note: the final course in a sequence used to satisfy the Foreign Language Requirement may not be elected on an optional pass/fail basis and must be completed for a grade.)
  • Courses included towards a minor must be taken for a grade; courses elected on an optional pass/fail basis will not be counted towards minor requirements.
  • BBA students may only modify the grading pattern for non-Ross courses during registration on Wolverine Access. A change in grading pattern for a non-Ross course (from graded to optional pass/fail, or from optional pass/fail to graded) is not permitted after registration has closed on Wolverine Access for that specific class (also referred to as the drop/add deadline for that class; generally 2-3 weeks after the first day of class).
  • Courses added late - after registration has closed on Wolverine Access - may not be elected on a non-graded basis unless the course is offered as a mandatory non-graded course.
  • Students may count a maximum of 30.0 non-graded credits toward the 120.0 credits required for a degree. Non-graded credits are earned in courses for which no letter grade (A+ through E) is recorded on the transcript. Only those non-graded credits actually earned are counted as part of the total number of non-graded credits applicable toward a degree. (Advanced Placement credits as well as transfer courses for which students earned grades at another institution do not count against the 30.0-credit limit).
  • Instructor approval is not required for a choice in the elected grading pattern nor should the instructor be informed of such a choice. Instructors report letter grades (A through E) for all students in their courses, except in mandatory P/F, CR/NC, S/U courses. In the case of a student who has chosen to elect a non-Ross graded course on an optional pass/fail basis, the Office of the Registrar converts the letter grades according to the following policies:
    • Grades of A+ through C- are posted on a transcript as “P“ (Pass); credit toward a degree is earned
    • Grades of D+ through E are posted on a transcript as “F” (Fail); no degree credit is earned
  • Non-graded courses earn credit toward a degree but not honor points; grades do not enter into the computation of the term or cumulative grade point averages.

BBA Admissions & Preferred Admission Policies:

  • Any coursework taken prior to admission into Ross on an optional pass/fail grading basis must have a C or higher grade in order to transfer into the Ross School of Business.
  • Preferred Admission students are expected to take classes on a graded basis during their freshman year (unless the class has a mandatory Credit/No Credit basis). When the GPA is calculated to confirm that Preferred Admission students have met the 3.300 cumulative GPA requirement, we will use all earned grades, including any grades ‘hidden’ by a P/F notation. 

Additional Information:

  • Students planning to apply to law schools should be aware that the Law School Data Assembly Service counts “F” grades from pass/fail classes as F’s in computing a student’s grade-point average. All graduate schools may require that pass/fail grades be revealed as part of their review process.
  • A student may pay a special fee set by the Registrar's Office and request a specially prepared appendix to the transcript on which the original grades submitted for all courses elected as optional pass/fail are listed.