Pass/Fail Option

Pass/Fail Option for Fall 2020 in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic for All New York Institute of Technology Campuses

Undergraduate and graduate students have the option of choosing Pass/Fail grade for up to two (2) of their Fall 2020 courses. A passing grade for undergraduates is equivalent to a C- or better; graduates is C or better. A grade of P (Pass) has no impact upon grade point average (GPA). A grade of F (Fail) negatively impacts the GPA. The pass fail option will be available via NYITConnect.

Grade Translation

Student Population A grade of: Translates to a grade of:
Undergraduate StudentsA, A-, B+, B, B-, C, C+ or C-P Pass (does not impact GPA)
D+, D, FF Fail (negatively impacts GPA)
Graduate StudentsA, A-, B+, B, B-, C, C+ or C-P Pass (does not impact GPA)
 F Fail (negatively impacts GPA)

The deadline by which to select the pass/fail option for classes meeting in Abu Dhabi is December 5; Vancouver – December 7; other campuses including NY – December 16, 2020.

Once chosen the pass/fail option is final. This option is applicable for courses conducted during Cycle A, Cycle B and the regular fall term.

Students concerned about the impact of Pass/Fail on their GPA should speak with their advisor before choosing the Pass/Fail option. All students receiving financial aid are strongly encouraged to check with the Financial Aid office before choosing the Pass/Fail option. Students and advisors are encouraged to refer to the online GPA calculator for assistance in calculating an anticipated cumulative GPA.

Some majors require a particular grade in a course to progress to the next level. Check with your advisor if you are uncertain about whether this applies to your major.

Students with extenuating circumstances may request additional courses to change to a pass grade in lieu of a letter grade (same criteria above applies). To do so, students must submit a “Petition for ‘Pass’ Grade” (form will be forthcoming). This option will be available after grades are posted. Students will be required to submit a description of the extenuating circumstance, how it affected their academics, and supporting documentation, if any.

Important Notes for Students

  • All students are strongly encouraged to meet with a financial aid counselor about possible impacts on their future and current financial aid. Students are also strongly encouraged to meet with their advisor or an advisor in the advising center (AEC) before making any decisions regarding Pass/Fail.
  • International students should speak with the International Student Services office before choosing the pass/fail option.
  • Graduating seniors pursuing graduate school and students applying for medical or law school, should consider maintaining a letter grade for courses related to their future fields of study.
  • PA (Physician Assistant), PT (Physical Therapy), B.S./D.O.,  and Nursing students should speak with their advisor before choosing the Pass/Fail option since their programs have specific grade requirements to progress.
  • All graduate courses in the School of Health Professions (Clinical Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Physician Assistant Studies) must be taken for a grade and are ineligible for the Pass/Fail option, except for those courses already approved for Pass/Fail (e.g. clerkships, practicums etc.).
  • Students receiving New York State TAP financial aid must check with the financial aid office before making a decision regarding Pass/Fail.
  • Veterans or their dependents should check with their Veterans School Certifying Official in the Office of the Registrar before making a decision about pass/fail.
  • As a reminder to graduate with honors, 55% of all grades must be letter grades; for more details, see Catalog.