What you need to know

First-year students who enter MIT in fall 2018 only may designate up to three science, mathematics, and engineering (SME) General Institute Requirements (GIRs) to be graded on a Pass/No Record (P/NR) basis after their first term.

This option applies only to the SME GIRs — 3.091, 5.111, 5.112, 7.01n, 8.01n, 8.02n, 18.01n, and 18.02n, including Concourse and Experimental Study Group (ESG) versions of these subjects. Other regular MIT policies ­— including first-year grading, ASE grading, and early sophomore standing — remain in effect.

Generally, first-year grading is designed to ease your transition to MIT. Some students feel that they should complete all of their GIRs in their first year to take advantage of first-year grading. This experimental policy, licensed by the Committee on the Undergraduate Program (CUP), will provide you with greater flexibility to explore fields of study during your first year at MIT.

Fall and IAP terms

  • You will receive a grade of Pass or No Record in all subjects. P (passing) indicates a C- or better performance. No Record (NR) indicates a D or F.
  • Instructors still submit standard letter grades online to the Registrar’s Office. These “hidden” grades are sent to your advisor as a paper report at the end of the term to be shared with you. They are used for advising purposes only.
  • Subjects receiving a P grade will appear on both your grade report and transcript.
  • You will earn no credit for subjects receiving a No Record grade and they do not appear on your transcript.

Spring term

  • After your first semester, you may designate up to three SME GIRs to be graded as Pass or No Record (P/NR). You can do this when you register or by Add Date.
  • All other subjects are graded on an A, B, C, or No Record basis.
  • First-year students who earn a grade of NR in their SME GIR will be required to retake the subject. You may choose to designate that same subject as one of your three P/NR options or retake it for a regular grade.
  • You will earn no credit for subjects receiving a No Record grade.
  • Subjects with a grade of A, B, or C will appear on both your grade report and transcript.
  • Subjects with a grade of D, F, O, or OX are only reported internally. They appear on your grade report (indicated by an N), but not on your transcript.
  • We calculate GPA for first-year students at the end of the spring semester.

After your first year

  • You may continue to designate SME GIRs as Pass or No Record until you reach the limit of three.
  • Upper-level students who earn a grade of NR in their SME GIR may retake it as P/NR as many times as needed without counting against the P/NR limit.
  • Upper-level students who receive a D in their SME GIR taken under P/NR may choose to switch to regular grades by Registration Day of your next semester at MIT. The D would count as passing, and the grade will be reflected on your transcript and count towards your GPA. In this case, you are considered to have used your P/NR option for this subject, which will count against your limit of three.