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The P/N Option

You may enroll in some classes with the understanding that you will receive a P (pass) or N (no credit) rather than a grade. The P/N option was created to allow you to experiment with classes outside your usual sphere of interest without endangering your academic standing.

To receive a P notation, you must earn a D or better in the class.

Rules regarding the P/N options

Maximum number of P/N classes

Most Northwestern classes are worth one unit of credit. Only one class per quarter may be taken P/N. 

The total number of units of credit you take P/N may be no more than six. (Classes offered only on a P/N basis are exempt from this six-unit limit.) Grades for not more than one-fifth of the Northwestern units of credit used to meet graduation requirements may be P or D.

Types of classes open to P/N

Only free elective classes are open to P/N.

P/N registration deadlines

You must decide whether or not to take a class P/N during the first three weeks of the quarter. The exact deadline for changing to or from P/N is given in each quarter's Class Schedule. You can make the change through CAESAR.

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