Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

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Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Option

The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option is an alternative grading scheme that allows you to take courses outside of your area of specialization without fear of affecting your GPA, as courses taken under the S/U option are not included in your GPA calculations. It is also commonly called the ‘Pass/Fail’ option.

If you receive a grade of "S", you will receive credit for the course and if you receive a grade of "U", you will not receive credit for the course.  

Only elective courses can be taken under the S/U option; courses taken under S/U will not count towards major or minor requirements. You may take only one S/U course per term, to a maximum of 10% of your total McGill credits. You can find the full Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory policy here.

The S/U option is not available for non-program students (e.g. Special or Visiting students) or students in their U0 year.

Selecting the S/U Option

Step 1: Go to the "Quick Add or Drop Course Sections" tool under the Registration Menu in Minerva.

Step 2: In the "Course Grade Mode" drop down menu for the elective course, select the "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" grade mode.

Step 3: Click "Submit" at the bottom of the menu to save the change.

Please note:  You can only add or remove the S/U grading option until the end of the course change period (Add/Drop deadline).  No changes to the grading mode can be made after this deadline.