S/N Grade Policy Changes
The University of Minnesota has adjusted its policy regarding undergraduate students ability to change their grades in their courses to S/N (pass/fail). This change affected Spring and Summer 2020, and continues into the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Students have now been provided even more flexibility in selecting the grade basis for their fall 2020 and spring 2021 classes. Students can change their grading basis (A-F to S/N in full semester and second-7 week basis classes until January 6, 2021. Details related to spring 2021 term are forthcoming. Visit the S/N Grading Fact Sheet for more details.
This change is of particular importance to students who are on the road to a health professional program (and likely other graduate and professional schools).
In normal circumstances, most health professional schools require any course that is being used as a prerequisite to be taken A-F, and will not accept courses taken S/N. As we are well aware of, these are not normal circumstances. Many health professional degree programs had adjusted their admission policies as they relate to pass/fail courses, particularly for Spring and Summer 2020 courses, and are making decisions about Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semester.
The PHSRC is actively following the implications of this issue and is documenting how our UMN health science programs are reacting with their admissions policies here: UMN Health Science Programs: Decisions on S/N grade policies
Keep in mind that this is an unprecedented situation that is affecting applicants and health professional schools alike. It will require unique considerations for this year, and for application cycles to come.
We will continue communicating with students and advisors with the most accurate and up-to-date information on this issue and any other changes to health profession program applications that might be taking place due to this unusual and unprecedented situation.