Academics

Graded or Credit/No Credit? (Current UVA Students Interested in the B.S. in Commerce Program)

Graded or credit/no credit? Current UVA students interested in applying to McIntire's B.S. in Commerce Program have many factors to consider.

We realize that many students have questions regarding the recent updates to the undergraduate grading policies for spring 2020. With respect to choosing to take courses credit/no credit or graded, it’s your decision, and you have until Tuesday, April 28, to make it. Both courses completed for credit and courses with a passing grade will be accepted. The application review process is holistic, and the applicant pool is made up of students, all of whom are navigating the same circumstances.

We acknowledge that students will need to make the decision that is right for their personal circumstance. In order to make an informed decision, consider the following:

  • Students need credit for all prerequisites courses and a minimum of 54 credits to enroll in the B.S. in Commerce Program if offered admission.
  • The Admissions Committee will be interested in your academic performance, and grades provide more insight than credit/no credit. Regardless of your choice, make sure you complete the course with credit. Nonetheless, the Office of Undergraduate Admission guarantees students who take coursework for CR/GC/NC will be fairly considered in the review.
  • Pass/fail classes may not be allowed by all state board of accountancy organizations, either for sitting for the CPA exam, or after receiving a license, expanding that license to other states.
  • Check the impact of any decision as it relates to future certification, benefits, or other items that may require graded coursework for completion.

The Admissions Committee consists of faculty who are navigating a new reality for the rest of the semester and understand the difficulties students might be facing. Our advice is to prioritize your academics and realize the strength of your application. The rigor in which you approach your classes should not change to accommodate the new grading policy. Make it an innovative experience within the reality of the delivery system.

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