UMD Offers All Undergraduate Classes as Pass/Fail

All undergraduate classes at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) will be pass/fail (P/F) for the spring 2020 semester unless the student chooses to receive a letter grade, Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin said in a letter Thursday.  

The decision comes after the COVID-19 outbreak led the university to cancel in-person classes. Students can still choose to get a letter grade and will have until the last day of the spring semester to make that choice. Rankin said UMD is making a new website to designate that choice. 

Choosing P/F for classes this semester will not jeopardize financial aid eligibility. However, students should talk to their academic advisors about effects on graduate school admission, scholarships and other opportunities. 

A pass does not change grade point average (GPA), but a fail does. Rankin said there will be a note on student transcripts about “unusual circumstances” this spring semester. 

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Maryam Shahzad

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Maryam is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in December with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. Maryam loves visual media and always says the movie is better than the book. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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