S/U Grades: Are they right for you?

S/U Grades: Are they right for you?

Undergraduate students may opt to have a course graded as Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) in lieu of traditional letter grades, where S indicates credit earned and U indicates no credit earned. For spring 2020 only, S/U grades may be selected for any course, including those that count toward UB Curriculum general education requirements (with some limited exceptions). Any grade that is C or higher will convert into an S, otherwise it is a U (C- through F).

 Six Questions to Determine if S/U Grades are Right for You?

1. Do you need a letter grade to meet the GPA requirements for graduation?
2. Do you need a letter grade to boost your GPA?
3. Do you need to maintain a certain GPA for your scholarship and/or to progress in your major?
4. Are you interested in graduate school? If so, many graduate programs across the country often require letter grades for courses relavant to the discipline, as do law and medical schools.
5. Are you attempting to make the Dean’s List for spring 2020? Remember, you will need to complete 15 credits, with 12 graded credits, to be eligible.
6. Are you working toward Latin Honors? Any courses taken as S/U will not count toward Latin Honors eligibility.

REMEMBER: S/U grades do not figure into GPA calculations and you must still maintain engagement in the class in order to earn an S grade.

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, taking an S/U grade may not be the
best option for you. However, you do not have to make this decision right away. You have
until the last day of final exams to submit a request. To view the updated S/U policy and
to get the information you need for making decisions to support your academic success
this semester, visit