Grading Options

Pass-Fail option

This plan encourages undergraduate matriculated students to increase their intellectual breadth and discover aptitudes in new areas of knowledge.

A matriculated undergraduate student above the freshman level who is not on probation may register under this plan for courses considered to be free, unattached electives by the college in which he or she is enrolled. Courses designated in the student’s curriculum as degree requirements, general education requirements, and military science courses may not be included. Non-matriculating students are not eligible for the pass-fail grading option.

A student choosing to take a J Term course under this plan must notify his or her advisor, academic dean, and the Office of Registration and Records, in writing, prior to the end of the add period of the J Term. The instructor is not informed.

Grades will be P (pass) or F (fail). The P grade is credited toward degree requirements but not included in the grade point average. The F grade is calculated in the same manner as any other failure. A student may change from the P-F option to grade by notifying Registration and Records in writing before mid-semester.

Pass/Fail forms are available at each URI college dean’s office.


When you audit, you have permission to attend a course without taking it for credit. Auditing is not permitted in noncredit courses. You may be admitted to a class on a space-available basis with the instructor’s consent as indicated by his or her signature on an audit authorization form, which must be filed in Enrollment Services before the end of the add period. The instructor will determine the extent to which you may participate in class activities. Your name will not appear on official class rosters, and the course will not be noted on your grade report or permanent academic record.

Note: You must be enrolled in at least one other course to be permitted to audit a course without additional fees.

Enrollment Services