*Information and academic policies found on this page are being updated in real-time in response to COVID-19*
What does it mean when I withdraw from a class?
When you withdraw from a class, a "W" will appear on your transcript and you will no longer be enrolled in this class. There may be certain consequences for a "W" on your transcript, and you should talk with an advisor to make sure that withdrawal will not negatively affect housing, insurance, or financial aid. Be sure and check the academic calendar for deadlines and refund policies for withdrawal.
First period drop: timeframe in which students can withdraw from a course(s) and not recieve a "W" on their transcript.
Second Period Drop: now through May 4, 2020.
During the spring 2020 semester, Period 2 (please see the Registrar’s official academic calendar) will be extended through May 4, 2020, which will be the last day to withdraw from a class.
Dates will also be modified for short courses still in progress.
What is Credit/NoCredit?
Credit/NoCredit is a policy that allows you to take courses without receiving final grades that factor into your GPA calculations.
Credit (CR) is earned for a class if you receive a grade A through C-. (Cr) Credit - fulfills degree requirements, and allows you to move forward in course sequencing.
No Credit (NC) is earned if you receive a grade D+ through F for a course. (NC) no Credit - does not fulfill degree requirements.
This option is usually available for a limited time at the beginning of a semester, between the 21st and 30th instructional day. This time period has been extended to April 17th for the spring 2020 term. Full policy here.
Currently - students may choose to take more than one class for Credit/NoCredit. Effective only in the Spring 2020 term. Separate forms must be filled out for each course.
You should always consult with the following people and departments before electing to take a class for Credit/No Credit.
- Your academic advisor - listed in Jayhawk GPS
- Your major, minor, or future major department while considering electing Credit/NoCredit for a class that will count towards degree requirements. Credit/NoCredit is up to the major/minor department or professional school you plan on graduating from - not the department in which you are taking the course.
Example: Pre-Business students should consult with the School of Business before taking any degree requirements for Credit/NoCredit. MATH 115, ACCT 200 etc.
- Check on your current grade and points left possible in a class before electing to take it for Credit/NoCredit. GPA Calculator.
- Consult with Financial Aid & Scholarships
Why might I opt-in to Credit/NoCredit?
Some students choose this option if they want to prevent a low grade in a class from damaging a GPA but still need to earn credit and complete the class. This policy is used for GPA purposes.
(Cr) Credit - fulfills degree requirements, and allows you to move forward in course sequencing.
(NC) no Credit - does not fulfill degree requirements. Receiving NC for a course can often lead to a student having to repeat the course if it is still needed to graduate.
What courses are eligible?
This varies greatly per class! It's important to consider why you are taking a course - Is it a KU Core requirement? Is it a class you are taking for admission into into a Professional School or Graduate level program? Is it a class that is required for your major? Is it a class that is needed for licensure? These are all questions academic units consider.
Typically, credit/no credit may not be used for classes in your major or minor. There are also courses that require a final grade due to licensure. Some programs use "default" grades for students who take classes credit / no credit when it comes to calculating GPA for admission purposes.
However, in Spring 2020, departments may make alternate arrangements and exceptions for classes. As we recieve information from academic units, we will update you below! Still continue to check in with your academic advisor.
Currently - students may choose to take more than one class for Credit/NoCredit. Effective only in the Spring 2020 term.
What is the deadline?
All reqests for Credit/NoCredit must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., April 17th. Effective only in the Spring 2020 term.
How do I opt-in?
Fill out the online form - here. You can also access the form in your Enroll & Pay account.
What if I have already opted-in to Credit/NoCredit for a course?
That election still stands and cannot be reversed.
Credit / No Credit per Academic Unit: Updates
Reminder, Credit / No Credit guidelines and restriction decisions are made by the academic units in which you plan to graduate. Please check below for information regarding Cr/NCr in your specific major, minor, or future major department.
As always, please consult with your academic advisor before you make any final decisions regarding taking a class or classes for Credit / NoCredit.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - major and minor requirements are now approved for Credit/NoCredit allowance.
College student guide to Credit / No Credit. More information can also be found on collegeadvising.ku.edu
School of Architecture & Design - all classes for spring 2020 will be graded S (Satisfactory) and U (Unsatisfactory) for students in these majors.
School of Business - students in a business degree program (majors, minors, certificates), or plan to be in the future (Pre-Business), may not elect the Credit/No Credit grading options for such courses. Students may elect Credit/No Credit grading for elective courses outside of the requirements for their business degree programs, such as an elective taken in another KU academic unit. If you are Pre-Business please consult with your UAC advisor.
School of Journalism - will accept a grade of CR for JOUR 101 this spring 2020 only. Journalism students can take journalism major courses as credit/no credit. Journalism minor students can take minor courses as credit/no credit. Journalism students need to check with their non-journalism major or minor advisors regarding courses in their non-journalism major or minor. For additional questions email firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Social Welfare - students are permited to take any class for Credit/noCredit.
School of Pharmacy - consult with the School of Pharmacy before opting into CR/NC for a pre-pharmacy class. School of Pharmacy policy has historically treated CR/NC credits like a grade of ‘C’ when calculating pre-pharmacy GPAs, which may hinder pharmacy school admission. Typically CR/NC is not advised.
Can I repeat a course?
If you earn a D or an F in a class numbered from 000-299, then you may repeat the course. The lower grade earned will remain on your transcript, but will not be counted in your KU GPA. The course repeat policy may not be used more than five times. After that, you still may repeat a course, but grades from a repeated course will be averaged with previous attempts and will not replace a grade.