The Academic Advising Center at Boston College supports students in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences as they make decisions about their academic careers, explore the resources available to them, and maximize their experience at Boston College
The center serves as the central point of contact for undergraduates, faculty, and professional advisors. It brings together and extends the resources of specialized academic and student affairs offices across the university.
Due to the transition to online classes, the University has made the following temporary adjustments to the academic procedures for the Spring 2020 semester. For campus-wide updates, refer to Boston College's Coronavirus Updates page.
No. These changes in the pass/fail policy are for the Spring 2020 semester only.
12:00 p.m. (noon) EDT on April 30, 2020. Please note that since the deadline has been extended, there will be no further extensions granted past this time.
Student Services is working on a process that will operate through the Agora Portal. Details on this process will be available by April 9.
Yes. There is no limit this semester (Spring 2020) on the number of courses you can make pass/fail.
Yes. Core courses can be taken pass/fail and still fulfill the core requirement if you receive a pass. If you fail the course, it will not fulfill the requirement.
Yes. Courses that are required for your major/minor or corequisite can be taken pass/fail and still fulfill the requirement if you receive a pass. If you fail the course, it will not fulfill the requirement.
Yes, you will earn the credits if you pass. If you take a three-credit course pass/fail and pass the course, you will receive three credits. If you do not pass the course, you do not receive credits.
You do not receive GPA credit for a course when you pass a pass/fail class. If you fail the course, you will receive three credits of 0.0 factored into your GPA. If you take five classes pass/fail, the term GPA will be 0.0 but not counted into your GPA.
On your transcript, a P or F will appear where a grade typically would be.
Contact OIP for information about your specific program.
In keeping with the usual policy, if a student has declared a class pass/fail, the professor will not see that designation until they submit grades at the end of the semester. All grading and assignments will continue as usual until the final grade is submitted. If your grade is a D- or above, you will get a P, along with the credits earned. These classes will not factor into your GPA. If you fail the course, you will get an F, and it is calculated into your GPA.
Yes. Freshmen can take classes pass/fail this semester. This is a one-time exception.
The truth is we don't know how an employer would view a pass/fail. However, many of our peer institutions have instituted similar policies this semester.
Similar to the question above, we don't know how pass/fail courses would be viewed on a graduate school application. It's best to check with those institutions to see if they have made a statement about how pass/fail courses will be handled. For specific information on pre-health programs, consult the pre-health website.
No. Once you declare a course pass/fail, the decision is irreversible.
The decision will have to be one that you make yourself. What we can recommend is that you take some time to consider your options before you make a decision. The transition to online teaching just began. We suggest you take a few weeks to see how it goes before you decide, as you will benefit from seeing how your classes progress. To be clear, once you make a course pass/fail, you cannot change it back.
If you drop a class, the class disappears from your transcript like you never were in the class. If you withdraw from a class, the course will show up on your transcript with a W next to it. Boston College has extended the drop date until 12:00 p.m. EDT on April 9. The withdrawal deadline is April 30 at 12:00 p.m.
April 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
April 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
Retroactively changing withdrawals from earlier in the semester to drops will not be automatic. Anyone who wants to change their withdrawal to a drop is required to fill out the same form we're using for current drops and withdrawals. This will ensure that they will go through the same review by Student Services and the Financial Aid office. After April 9 at noon, your options will be limited to pass/fail or withdraw from a course.
Fill out the University Drop/Withdrawal form below. If you're unable to access the Google form from your home, an editable PDF will be available soon on the Student Services forms page. Fill out the pdf and email it to email@example.com.
You must maintain full-time status, which means you must be enrolled in at least 12 credits. If you have any questions or circumstances, please contact the Associate Dean's office.
Yes, but you must maintain full-time status (at least 12 credits) in order to keep your F-1 visa in good standing.
Can I drop or withdraw from classes? Yes, but you should first get this cleared by your advisor in SAAS, then fill out the drop/withdrawal form.