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.
- Classes taken to fulfill your freshman seminar requirement and your distribution requirements, and all classes used to attain Weinberg College foreign language proficiency, must be taken for a grade.
- You need to earn at least a C- in all major courses and all minor courses--including all related courses for the major--and in all prerequisites for these courses. If your major or minor is one that has prerequisites (e.g., some language majors), you must earn at least a C- in these courses too. Thus, none of these courses can be taken P/N.
- Also closed to P/N are certain classes so designated by the departments; information on the availability of the P/N option is included in the detailed CAESAR information on each class.
- Occasionally a student decides to major or minor in some area in which he or she has already taken a class P/N and has earned a grade of P. If this happens to you, you can petition for permission to count the class toward your major or minor. To do this, consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies in that major or minor.
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.Back to top