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Expanded S/U option

New Paltz is offering undergraduate students a temporary expansion to the S/U option to add flexibility to the grading options for fall 2020 and spring 2021.

Current: Policy and benefits of the regular S/U option

Additional “special benefits” for fall 2020 and spring 2021 only

  • Students will be allowed to elect two additional S/U grades for fall 2020 or spring 2021. If both are not used in fall 2020 or spring 2021, they do not carry over to a future semester.
  • All elected “S” grades will meet the same requirements as the regular letter grades. If the course meets GE, major and/or minor requirements, so will the S graded course.
  • Students can elect two S/U grades (up to 8 credits) in a semester instead of having a limit of one per semester; this may include using the regular allotment of S/Us.
  • The “S” grade will meet most prerequisite requirements where C- is the minimum grade.

Considerations before opting for the S/U

  • “S” grades may not be honored for every program that has accreditation or certification requirements.
  • “S” grades may not be honored when applying for certain graduate and professional programs (e.g. law school and medical school).
  • Students should consult with their major or general advisor to help make the best decisions for them.


How to elect the S/U Option 

Viewing and changing back to the letter grade



Expanded S/U Option

Regular S/U Option*


fall 2020 and spring 2021

Academic lifespan until graduation

Max courses/credits allowed

Elect up to two S/Us a semester (max 8 credit)

Elect up to one S/U a semester (max 4 credits)

“S” grades will meet GE, major and minor requirements



Two extra total S/U options



“S “meets most prerequisite requirements with minimum C- or better



S/U has positive impact on GPA, Dean’s list, Academic Standing and Latin Honors



Can change S/U back to earned letter grade within one calendar year or before graduation



*Students who entered New Paltz with less than 60 transfer credits can elect the regular S/U option for up to 4 courses (max 12 credits).  Students who transfer 60 credits or more can elect the regular S/U option for up to 2 courses (max 8 credits).