What you need to know

During your junior and senior years, you may register for a total of two elective subjects in which you choose to receive a P/D/F grade rather than standard letter grades. P (passing) indicates a C- or better.

Some key points to remember:

  • You may take your two P/D/F classes in the same term or in separate terms, including IAP.
  • Subjects designated as P/D/F cannot be used to fulfill General Institute Requirements, minor requirements, or departmental requirements.
  • P/D/F subjects do count in the total of units completed beyond the General Institute Requirements.
  • P grades are not used in calculating your term and cumulative GPAs, but D and F grades are.
  • Registering for a subject specifically designated as P/D/F in the MIT Bulletin and Online Subject Listing does not count toward your junior-senior P/D/F option.

What you need to do

  • Designate a subject as P/D/F during registration.
  • After registration, request P/D/F changes through our Add/Drop application.
  • An email notification will be sent to your advisor. He or she must approve your request.
  • After your advisor has approved your request, return to the Add/Drop application to submit the change.
  • After Add Date, submit change requests via petition. Petitions require the approval of your department and the Committee on Academic Performance (CAP).