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Advising Handbook

Academic Policies and Procedures ยป Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Grading Option

Students may enroll in selected courses that will be recorded as "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory." This option may be exercised for no more than four credits per semester and for no more than a total of 12 credits of undergraduate work at New Paltz.

Letter grades of A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C- will convert to "S*" (satisfactory) while grades of D+, D, D- and F will convert to "U*" (unsatisfactory). S* grades count toward graduation; U* grades do not. Upon a student's request, a student-opted S* or U* mark may be changed back to a regular letter grade, which will then be counted in the cumulative average and appear on the College record. Such a request will be honored for a period of one calendar year after the semester in which a student has earned a student-opted S* or U* mark or until the student graduates, whichever period is shorter. [Policy revision effective Fall 2012]

A student with 60 or more transfer credits may use the S/U Grading Option. A student with fewer than 60 transfer credits may replace four courses under the Replace Grading Policy. [Policy revision effective Fall 2014]

Courses that have been elected satisfactory/unsatisfactory will NOT be counted towards the fulfillment of requirements for General Education, Writing Intensive, the Education curricula, the major, the minor, or the Engineering curriculum, unless the student requests that the S* or U* be changed to a regular letter grade.

Students may not select the S/U option for English Composition I or II or the equivalent.  Independent study courses also may not be taken S*/U*.  Graduate students may not elect S/U for courses in their plan of study.

The deadline for choosing the S/U option is one week later than the course withdrawal deadline.  See the Academic Calendar for the exact date each semester.

Students elect the S/U option under my.personalrecords at  The course instructor is not informed that a course is being taken S*/U*.