The Junior-Senior P/D/F Option will not be available during fall 2020. View Fall 2020 grading policies and options by year.

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:

  • Only students entering MIT before Fall 2020 are eligible to use this grading option.
  • 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 (GIRs), minor requirements, or departmental requirements, but they do count in the total of units completed beyond the GIRs.
  • 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).