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Q: Can students take courses pass/fail?

Written by Michael Berlin '08

Students taking an international finance class in Ithaca's new Center for Trading and Analysis of Financial Instruments

A: Ithaca’s version of pass/fail is S/D/F, which is short for satisfactory/D/failure.

Grades C- and above count as satisfactory and don’t affect GPA, whereas grades D+ and below will be recorded individually and affect your GPA.

Most programs allow four S/D/F courses in your college career, but you can only take one per semester. Restrictions vary by major, but core coursework usually can’t be taken S/D/F.

This is a great way to reduce the risk in taking challenging courses outside of your major or minor, however.



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