Ball State is committed to the continued success of our students during the unprecedented challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. To address these challenges, we have adapted in ways that we could have never anticipated. One of those ways is to provide grading alternatives for the current academic semester by extending the availability of the credit/no credit option, which other universities refer to as pass/fail.

Students must fill out the credit/no credit request form that will be available between May 4 and May 13.

Course Eligibility

While most of our courses are eligible for credit/no credit, some areas may still require a letter grade. Please review the documents to ensure your course is eligible.

View Undergraduate Courses (PDF)     View Graduate Courses (PDF)

The following list of frequently asked questions is provided to help students understand what they need to know about this policy change.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each college and university has a way to designate courses for which students can earn credit for outside of the letter grading system. Ball State's approach is to issue credit for satisfactory work, and no credit for work evaluated as unsatisfactory. At Ball State, we do not use the terms “pass” or “fail.” Learn more

  • For undergraduate courses, students who earn a letter grade of C- through A will receive a grade of CR for credit. This is the same for all undergraduate-level courses.
  • For graduate courses, students who earn a letter grade of B through A will receive a grade of CR for credit. This is the same for all graduate students taking undergraduate level courses.

Ball State has not changed the way that credit/no credit (CR/NC) is calculated in your GPA. If selecting CR/NC, you will not receive a grade for the class that impacts your GPA (grade point average) but will receive credit if the class is “passed.” Learn more.

Instructors have a few days after the end of the semester to review student work and submit final grades. Final grades will become visible to students on Thursday, May 7, 2020. Once grades are posted, you will have until midnight on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 to submit a form requesting a grade of credit/no credit.

In these cases, your academic advisor will work with you to determine if a course is eligible for credit/no credit (CR/NC) and any potential implications for your major, licensure, or certification. There are some courses that may not be taken as CR/NC, and those courses will be determined by your program of study.

Graduate students are eligible to use the credit/no credit (CR/NC) option for the Spring of 2020. For graduate courses, students who earn a letter grade of B through A+ will receive a grade of CR for credit. Graduate students must also consult with their program directors to receive permission for CR/NC designation.

All graduate students, even those on probation, can take advantage of the policy. Please note that you need the approval of your program director as well.

Yes, this grading option is available to all students enrolled via the Tuition Remission program.  Find details about Ball State's Tuition Remission program.

Ball State has not changed the guidelines for circumstances when someone is required to repay tuition remission. A grade of credit (CR) is considered passing and does not require repaying tuition remission. Find details about Ball State's Tuition Remission program.

Yes, this grading option is available to all students who have earned a 21st Century Scholars recognition.

You will have an opportunity to view your grade before requesting a credit/no credit (CR/NC) grading option. Instructors have a few days after the end of the semester to review student work and submit final grades. Final grades will become visible to students on May 7, 2020. Once grades are posted, you will have until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, to submit a form requesting a CR/NC grade. Converting a letter grade to a CR/NC is final.

In circumstances where the instructor and student agree that a grade of incomplete (I) be given, a student can complete the work for either a letter grade or a credit/no credit (CR/NC) designation. A decision about converting to CR/NC needs to be made during the window of May 4–13. Learn more.

No. A student repeating a course is not eligible to request a credit/no credit grade.

  • Undergraduate students can receive up to 15 hours of credit/no credit (CR/NC) designation for Spring 2020. This will not count against the 15 hours of CR/NC hours undergraduate students are allowed to receive according to the catalog.
  • Graduate students can receive up to 6 hours of CR/NC designation for Spring 2020. Usually graduate students are not eligible for CR/NC at all.

Usually, many Universities will not accept credit/no credit (CR/NC) as transfer credit. However, given the extraordinary circumstances of Spring 2020, the universities within Indiana are in conversation about accepting courses within the core transfer library for Spring 2020, even with a CR/NC designation.

Most graduate programs will not accept credit/no credit (CR/NC) on undergraduate transcripts. While we do not know if allowances might be made for the circumstances of Spring 2020, it is best to discuss your plans for graduate study with your advisor and/or your faculty mentor before you decide to request CR/NC designation if you know you intend to pursue graduate study.

Student-athletes should consult with their advisors through Student Athlete Support Services before making any decisions.

International students should consult with International Student Support Services in the Rinker Center and/or your primary advisor before making any decisions.

Your academic advisor can help you determine whether or not a grade of D will count as passing in your program of study in a particular course. In some cases, a grade of D would count as passing, while other programs require a C- or a C in courses that count towards the major and so a grade of D would not count as passing.

Baccalaureate students completing all university requirements for graduation Spring 2020 may be awarded graduation with honors.

Latin honor standing upon graduation will be awarded to students that have completed 60 GPA credit hours.  Any courses that are converted to credit/no credit (CR/NC) will have no effect on your GPA credit hours, since you don’t earn quality points.  Your GPA is calculated by the GPA hours divided by the quality points. Courses taken under the credit/no credit option do not count in the calculation of GPA since they are not on the same scale as letter grades A-F.  If you are a graduating senior, there might be a slight impact on your standing simply because there are fewer hours calculated with letter grades.  For example, If you elect to convert all of your courses this semester to CR/NC and you are taking 15 hours of credit or less, your standing will be the same as it was for Fall semester 2019.

  • Any student who has questions can contact Financial Aid and Scholarships.
  • Students who must maintain a certain GPA in order to keep a scholarship and whose GPA is close to that cut off point should consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.
  • Students who have attempted close to 180 hours on a 120-hour program and are on any type of financial aid package should consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office.

Students may apply to convert courses to a credit/no credit (CR/NC) option beginning May 4, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on May 13, 2020. Please note that grades will not be visible to students until May 7, 2020, so students who choose to request CR/NC before final grades are submitted should have a very clear sense of what their final grade in the course would be, and should consult with an advisor before making this decision.

Maybe. Undergraduate students are named to the Dean’s List when the student has earned at least a 3.5 GPA for 12 or more credits of graded course work, with no incomplete or missing grades during a semester.  Courses taken under the credit/no credit option do not count in the calculation of GPA since they are not on the same letter grade and point scale as A-F.  If you choose to convert a graded course to CR/NC, you may be lowering the 12 credit graded coursework requirement total and the Dean’s List designation will be adjusted.   

Please consider the following information before requesting a credit/no credit (CR/NC) grade.

  • Some colleges and universities do not accept transfer credit taken as CR/NC.
  • A course taken as CR/NC may not fulfill admission requirements for a graduate or professional program.
  • A CR/NC grade will not be changed back to a letter grade once requested and approved.
  • Students cannot request CR/NC if they are repeating a course.
  • Credit (CR) = a grade of C- or above. No Credit (NC) = a grade of D+ or below.
  • Failure to promptly respond to email communication sent to my BSU email account regarding this request may result in forfeiture of the CR/NC option.

For information on making an appeal, please read our guidelines (PDF) or you may contact the following individuals for more information:

  • For undergraduate courses: Laura Helms, Interim Dean of University College lhelms@bsu.edu
  • For graduate courses: Stephanie Simon-Dack, Associate Dean of the Graduate School slsimondack@bsu.edu
  • For courses that were always online: Trudi Weyermann, Assistant Provost for Learning Initiatives tlweyermann@bsu.edu