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Credit / No Credit


The credit/no credit grading option is similar to pass/fail. It is designed to encourage student exploration of areas of academic interest that might otherwise be avoided for fear of poor grades.

Students who earn at least a C− in a C/NC course will receive credit hours with a final grade of CR on the transcript. Students who earn a grade lower than a C− will not receive credit hours and will have a final grade of NCR on the transcript. In either case, the course will not affect the student’s GPA.

Courses taken for credit/no credit cannot be used to meet any General Education, major, or minor requirement, including courses taken to fulfull the foreign language requirement. The credit/no credit option may not be used with courses graded as satisfactory/unsatisfactory.

Students must choose the credit/no credit option during the first half of the course term (e.g., the first 8 weeks of the semester, the fourth week of the summer session, or by the fourth week of an 8-week course).

DGS students must meet an academic advisor to complete a credit/no credit form in office.

If students later want to return to the traditional grade option, they must file an amended request with an academic advisor no later than the original deadline to select C/NC.

Yes. These are as follows:

  • Full-time students may take up to two C/NC courses in a semester (one course if summer term).
  • Part-time students may take only one C/NC course in a semester.
  • Students on probation are not eligible for C/NC.
  • A maximum of 18 hours of C/NC may be counted toward a degree.

Be careful about using this option if you plan to apply to professional or graduate school. These programs may consider applicants with a significant number of non-graded courses less favorably than those with none or very few. Likewise, some schools may convert the NC symbol to a failing grade in computing a pre-admission GPA.

For example, passed courses taken C/NC at Illinois will NOT be included in the calculation of your LSAC-generated GPA. However, LSAC counts courses with 'NC' grades as 'F' in your LSAC-generated GPA.