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The opportunity to complete a course without earning a standard letter grade makes it possible for students to take courses in areas they might otherwise avoid without having to be concerned with the impact of a low grade on their cumulative GPA. You are encouraged to use this option wisely and for the purposes for which it is intended; you have until 10 days after final registration to determine whether or not you wish to elect this option. The specific deadline is posted in the Wheaton Academic Calendar on the web. Your choice should be based on your own assessment of how you will do in a course and sometimes must be made before you have earned any grades on work for it.

Please note that the Committee on Academic Standing permits changes in this option after the deadline only rarely and in most unusual circumstances.

Your instructor will not know that you have registered for a course under this option, but will submit a final grade for you. Remember that the minimum grade of "C" is required for the Pass; otherwise the grade (C-, D+, F, etc.) as submitted by the faculty member will be recorded and averaged into the GPA. Also take note of the following:

Students who entered Wheaton in the Fall of 2003 and after:


1. May complete up to 3 course credits under this option.
2. May NOT use this option for courses intended to fulfill:

  • Foundations (e.g. Quantitative Analysis, Beyond the West, Foreign Language,
  • First Year Writing and First Year Seminar)
  • Area requirements
  • Division requirements
  • Connections
  • Major requirements
  • Minor requirements

3. Are eligible for Dean's List only if 3 course credits are awarded letter grades.

Students who entered Wheaton prior to Fall of 2003:


1. May complete up to 4 course credits under this option
2. May NOT use this option for courses intended to fulfill:

  • Major requirements
  • Minor requirements

3. Are eligible for Dean's List only if 3 course credits are awarded letter grades.

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