Grading Options

Second Grade Option

Undergraduate students may exercise a second grade option by repeating a course in which the student earned a C- or lower. Only courses that fall within the student’s first 30 attempted credits taken at the University may be selected for this option. Students must exercise this option no later than the next two semesters for which the student registers after completing 30 credits.

Transfer students may exercise the second grade option for courses taken during their initial semester at the University. This option must be exercised during the next two semesters for which they register after their initial semester.

Only the grade earned when the course was repeated will be used in the calculation of a student’s grade point average, and only the credits earned for the repeated course will apply toward the graduation requirements. All grades earned for a given course shall remain on a student’s permanent academic record (transcript).

Please note that all grades earned while attending the university shall be used in the calculation of Graduation with Distinction. This includes any courses utilizing the Second Grade Option.

To take advantage of this option, students must obtain approval from their academic deans and submit the Second Grade Option form to Enrollment Services prior to the midterm of the summer session in which the course is being repeated. The second grade option may be used only once per course.

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 summer 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 summer session in which the summer course is being offered. The instructor is not informed.

Grades will be P or F, for pass or 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.

A student may elect no more than two pass-fail courses during the course of a summer.

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. For more information about auditing a course at URI visit the Enrollment Services website.

Enrollment Services