Credit/No Credit Program

After achieving sophomore standing, a student may elect to register for a maximum of 12 credit hours of work (of the total 124 credit hours required for the degree) on a credit/no credit basis. Students registered for this option are designated by an appropriate statement on the instructor’s list. Neither the ‘‘credit’’ nor the ‘‘no credit’’ grades are included in the student’s cumulative grade-point average.

The student may elect any course in the University open to students who meet the usual standards for admission to the course except a course that satisfies basic requirements, or a primary or related course applying to the major. Not more than seven credit hours may be taken in a semester on this basis. A student receives credit for a course in which the student earns the equivalent of the grade of "C" or better.

The student must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 before registering for a course on a credit/no credit basis. A senior with at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average is eligible to take a maximum of two courses in a semester on a credit/no credit basis, provided the adviser has approved the arrangement.

Although the University requires that a student indicate at the time of registration that a specific course is being taken on a credit/no credit basis, some exceptions are made allowing students to change from credit/no credit grading to regular letter grading — or from regular letter grading to credit/no credit grading— until the midpoint of the semester, or, in the case of short courses, no later than one week following the midpoint of that course.

Students should be aware that most law schools and many graduate schools recompute a student’s grade-point average in such a way as to count courses graded ‘‘no credit’’ as ‘‘F’’ grades.

Visiting students from other institutions may elect to register for undergraduate courses on a credit/no credit basis.

University News
April 15, 2014
Drake University’s Principal Financial Group Center for Global Citizenship (PFGCGC) will host a discussion on the Keystone XL Pipeline initiative in collaboration with the Iowa Energy Forum. General James Jones, a former national security advisor, will discuss the benefits of the pipeline initiative.