Pass/No Credit Grading Policy for Spring 2020

Berklee is offering students the following grading options for the spring 2020 semester. Please note that these are temporary adjustments to the grading policy.

Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee faculty will assign letter grades as normal by the deadline of Thursday, May 14. After the letter grades have been submitted, you will have the option to change your letter grades to "pass" (P)/"no credit" (NC) for any or all of your spring 2020 courses by completing the Pass/No Credit Grading Option Form (login required) that will be available from May 14 until May 21.

If you receive grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, or D, you can choose to either keep the letter grade or request a P grade. Those receiving a grade of F can choose NC. International students’ F-1 status will not be affected by choosing the P/NC option.

If you'd like to discuss the P/NC grading option, schedule a 15-minute virtual appointment with an academic advisor (login required).

Once you submit the form, the decision to select the P/NC grading option is irreversible.

 

Submit the Pass/No Credit Grading Option Form

 


Pass/No Credit Grading FAQs

 


Pass/No Credit and Your GPA

When considering whether to change a letter grade to P/NC, keep in mind the following:

  • If your course grade is higher than your cumulative GPA, it is advised that you do not request a P/NC grade. Doing so would remove the grade from factoring into your GPA and could lower your overall GPA.
  • If your course grade is lower than your cumulative GPA, it is advised that you do request a P/NC grade. Doing so would remove the grade from factoring into your GPA and could increase your overall GPA.

Before you can compare your course grade to your cumulative GPA, you will need to convert your course grade to grade points. The steps below will show you how.  

1. Find your cumulative GPA.

For College Students
To find your cumulative GPA,  log in to my.berklee.edu and select “My Degree Audit” under the Academic Profile section. Scroll down to “Program Summary,” and find “Overall GPA” in the Current Earned column.


For Conservatory Students
To find your cumulative GPA, log in to Self-Service. Click on the “Grades” tab at the top and then “Unofficial Transcript.” Your cumulative GPA will be listed here.

2. Calculate your GPA.

Use this GPA calculator to calculate your semester GPA and cumulative GPA.

3. Compare, and decide.

Now that you know your cumulative GPA and how to determine the number of grade points earned in a course, you are ready to decide which courses to select for the P/NC grading option. 

If you would like any guidance on making this decision, you can schedule a 15-minute virtual appointment with an academic advisor.

Here are some examples:

  • Example 1: Your course grade is A- (3.70), and your cumulative GPA is 2.70. Since 3.70 is greater than 2.70, your course grade could positively affect your GPA, so there is no need to choose a grade of P.
  • Example 2: Your course grade is C- (1.70), and your cumulative GPA is 3.00. Since 1.70 is less than 3.00, your course grade could negatively affect your GPA, so choosing a grade of P is advised.
  • Example 3: Your course grade is F (0.00), and your cumulative GPA is 2.00. Since 0.00 is less than 2.00, your course grade could negatively affect your GPA, so choosing an NC grade is advised.