Guidance for current students

Selecting CR/NCR may impact your degree progression and future graduate program application. Some majors and programs require specific grades in required courses.

In some instances, you may be required to repeat a course even if you receive CR. Course grades may be used for selection in competitive programs. Future graduate programs may disadvantage students who select CR.

Consulting with your program, faculty, or college advisor should be completed prior to submitting this request. This decision is permanent.

Choosing NCR means you will not receive credit for a course. A course with an NCR grade will not fulfill any prerequisite requirements.


College of Applied Studies

The College of Applied Studies requires a minimum grade of B or B- for some courses in order complete the degree for licensure. CAS students who earn a B or B- and choose CR/NCR instead of a letter grade for one of these courses, may need to request an override from the advising office in order to get into further courses with grade pre-requisites.

  • For Teacher Education Majors: Program and unit assessments utilized to meet KSDE (Kansas State Department of Education) and CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) standards require a student to receive a B- or better in certain courses. Consult with your academic advisor before opting for CR rather than a letter grade for your course work.
  • For Counseling and School Psychology Students Majors: Program and unit assessments utilized to meet KSDE, CAEP, CACREP, and NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) standards require a student to receive a B, B- or better in certain courses. Consult with your academic advisor before opting for CR rather than a letter grade for your course work.
CAS Advising Center

College of Engineering

In the College of Engineering, CR  can be used to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements; NCR means no earned credit and thus will not fulfill degree requirements. During registration, CR will allow you to register in courses that require prerequisite grades of C/C-. We encourage you to consult with your academic advisor or faculty advisor before making a decision to choose CR/NCR, or if you experience registration errors.

Engineering Advising Center

College of Health Professions

College of Health Professions (CHP) students currently enrolled in one of the CHP professional programs (undergraduate or graduate) are advised to consult with their department for information specific to program requirements. Prior to selecting CR/NCR instead of a letter grade, please contact your academic department.

CHP students in a pre-major status are advised to consult with the CHP Advising Center prior to selecting CR/NCR instead of a letter grade. A CR in a prerequisite course may be a disadvantage in the selection process for competitive entry undergraduate and graduate programs.

CHP Advising Center

Barton School of Business

Students in the Barton School of Business are encouraged to carefully consider the implications of choosing the CR/NCR option.

  • Many courses in the Barton School of Business may require a minimum grade to enroll in higher level courses required in their degree program. Students who have satisfied the minimum grade in a course, but who have chosen the CR/NCR option, may need additional verification and approval from an academic advisor prior to enrolling in subsequent semesters.
  • Students wishing to pursue professional designations such as Certified Public Accountant may not receive credit for courses from independent state licensure boards if they select CR/NCR.
  • Students pursuing graduate degrees may not meet admission requirements for graduate degree programs if they choose the CR/NCR option for required prerequisite courses.
    Prior to selecting CR/NCR as a grade option, students are strongly encouraged to contact the Business Advising Center for further information. Please e-mail business.advisor@wichita.edu.
Business Advising Center

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) undergraduate students should consult their academic advisor in the LAS Advising Center prior to selecting the CR/NCR option. Please email las.advisor@wichita.edu.

Undergraduate students planning to apply to a graduate or professional program after completing their undergraduate degree, should consult their academic or faculty advisor to discuss possible disadvantages of CR in a prerequisite courses in the selection process for competitive programs.

Please see major specific statements below:

  • Biology: Major coursework earning CR is limited to six hours. Special exceptions may be granted for CR hours exceeding this limit that were earned in Spring 2020.
  • Pre-med: This could have an impact for students applying to professional programs. The text below appears on KU-SOM’s website. They will accept pass/fail grades, but prefer to see letter grades. Students applying to professional programs or graduate schools should consider this.
  • Pass/Fail Coursework: Students required by their college or university to accept a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade for the Spring 2020 semester will not be penalized by the School of Medicine. The School of Medicine does accept Pass/Fail and Credit/No Credit grades for course prerequisites, but prefers to see letter grades. Students with the option of accepting a letter grade or a Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit grade in the Spring 2020 semester may want to consider the impact on the overall science GPA and cumulative GPA if a course does not have a letter grade.
LAS Advising Center

College of Fine Arts

Students in the College of Fine Arts are encouraged to carefully consider the implications of choosing the CR/NCR option.

o Some major courses in the College of Fine Arts require a minimum grade to enroll in higher level courses required in their degree program. Students who have satisfied the minimum grade in a course, but who have chosen the CR/NCR option, may need additional verification and approval from an academic advisor prior to enrolling in subsequent semesters.

  • Students applying for graduate programs (masters and doctoral) may not meet admission requirements for those programs if they choose the CR/NCR option for required prerequisite courses.
  • For Art Education and Music Education Majors: Program and unit assessments utilized to meet KSDE (Kansas State Department of Education) and CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) standards require a student to receive a B- or better in certain courses. Consult with your academic advisor before opting for CR rather than a letter grade for your course work.

Prior to selecting CR/NCR as a grade option, students are strongly encouraged to contact the Fine Arts Advising Center for further information. Please e-mail cfa.advisor@wichita.edu.

CFA Advising Center

Graduate School

Graduate Students who are concerned about choosing between S/U grading may be thinking of the following:

  • GPA
  • Probation/Dismissal
  • Graduation Requirements

In general, we suggest that you follow up conversations with written recommendations, and, when possible, potential consequences.

Those concerned about dismissals should know that the Graduate School will review every case and these decisions will not be made lightly and full consideration will be given to the extraordinary circumstances of this semester. Absolutely no student will be dismissed without recommendation from the department, so Graduate Coordinators have the ability to ease concerns.

Students who are concerned about probation should know that this is a bit more complicated. Due to federal financial aid regulations, we are not able to remove probation status for students who earn less than a 3.0 GPA. Those who are in need of federal financial aid should have this information when making decisions.

Students who are concerned about S/U courses counting towards degree requirements on their Plan of Study should be told that "normal" Graduate School policy allows for up to 15 credit hours of S/U credit on their Plan. If their degree program happens to already contain S/U coursework that would push them over this limit by making this choice, they need to know this semester will not be held against them. It will be possible to file an exception in future semesters to accept these courses if this puts them over the 15 CH limit. We will not penalize students for choosing this option during Spring 2020.

Students who may have concerns about their stellar GPA being lowered after earning a lower grade than normal (e.g B+ instead of A) should be advised of the potential for negative impressions should they opt-in to the S grade, keeping in mind at all times that the student has the right to select S/U. This consideration is especially important if they are planning to further their education and enter a new graduate program after completing their work at WSU. Students who have exceptional circumstances may request an incomplete grade ("I").

Guidance has been given elsewhere regarding incomplete and if you make this decision with your student, we recommend that you discuss future deadlines and give them written instructions (email) as to expectations and due dates. Some professors describe this as an incomplete "contract" that is determined between the student and professor.