Changing Grading Options
You will select the grading option for each course when you enroll. You may change your initial grading option any time before the posted deadlines
Available Grading Options:
- Letter Grade (A,B,C,D,F);
- Passed/Not Passed (P/NP)
- Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U)
Passed/Not Passed (For Undergraduate - "U 1")
Undergraduate students in good academic standing may take letter-graded courses on a Passed/Not Passed (P/NP) basis. A C- or better is considered passing
Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (For Graduate or Visiting students with BA/BS or equivalent - "G1" and "G5")
Graduate students in good academic standing may take letter-graded courses on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis. A B- or better is considered passing.
Most universities will not accept P/NP or S/U work for transfer credit. Please consult the appropriate office at your home campus or university before selecting this option.
UC Berkeley students registered for Spring 2017 and newly admitted to Fall 2017 should use CalCentral to change the grading option.
Visiting students (domestic and international) may use CalCentral to change the grading option.
If you cancel out of or withdraw from the summer term, then want to take courses in the same summer term, you must request to be reinstated first. Students often request reinstatement when they canceled by mistake or have changed their minds after cancellation.
If the deadline to add a course has passed, you must follow instructions on how to add courses outlined in the “Retroactive Changes” section. Please contact Summer Sessions for more information.
Changing a Course’s Unit Value
You may change the number of units in which you are enrolled for courses approved for variable units. If you decrease the number of units, the deadline to drop for refund applies to the fee difference. If you increase the number of units, the deadline to add applies, and you may need to obtain approval.
(after deadlines have passed)
Under special circumstances, students may petition to make enrollment changes, such as add, drop, withdrawal or change of grading options, after the published deadlines. Students must complete the Petition for Exceptional Change Form to request a retroactive change via CalCentral. Please note that retroactive grade change options (P/NP to Letter Grade and vice versa) can not be considered for courses in the College of Letters and Science.
UC Berkeley Undergraduate Students
Approval of your college is required for all retroactive changes. Each college has different policies or process for approving retroactive changes; please consult with your college advisor for more information. To add a course retroactively, signature from the instructor is required. If Summer term has ended, you are also required to obtain a letter from the instructor indicating the grade for the course you request to add.
UC Berkeley Graduate Students
Approval of the Dean of Graduate Division is required for all retroactive changes; please consult with the Graduate Division for more information.
Other UC Students & Visiting (domestic and international) Students
Approval of the Dean of Summer Session is required for all retroactive changes. Please submit a Petition for Exceptional Change Form to request approval. To add a course retroactively, signature from the instructor is required. If Summer term has ended, you are also required to obtain a letter from the instructor indicating the grade for the course you request to add.