Pass/Fail & Auditing

The ABCs of grading don't apply to every course at Suffolk. Sometimes, you can choose the Pass/Fail option or audit a course instead of getting a standard letter grade. Here's more about both.


Spring 2020 Pass/Fail Frequently Asked Questions [PDF]: You will find helpful information here to assist in the decision process regarding choosing a P or letter grade.

To be eligible for the pass/fail option, you must be in good academic standing and have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours of coursework at Suffolk University. This option is limited to 12 credits per student and may not be used for courses that fulfill general college requirements or major or minor requirements. It is only applicable to elective courses.

For Spring 2021 courses students may submit their courses to be graded Pass/Fail through the Pass/Fail Election Form on WebAdvisor. Prior to submitting courses for pass/fail, please carefully read the instructions and eligibility found here. All submissions will be reviewed by the University Registrar's Office to ensure the eligibility outlined above has been met. A pass may be applied toward fulfilling degree credits but may not be applied toward your cumulative grade point average if applying to law school or a master's program, please be aware that many professional and graduate schools prefer students to submit traditional letter grades.


If you audit a course, you won't receive credit or honor points. You must, however, pay the same tuition as if you were taking the course for credit. Under no circumstances may you change from the evaluative letter grade system to audit or vice versa after the first two weeks of classes.

If you audit a course, you'll be responsible for attending classes and completing the required coursework.