Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option

The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option is an alternative grading option that allows you to take McGill courses outside of your area of specialization without fear of affecting your GPA, as courses taken under the S/U option are not included in your GPA calculations. It is also commonly called the ‘Pass/Fail’ option. Please note that the application of this policy for Arts students is based on your degree and not your programs.

To get a "S", a student must earn a C or better in the course. That is a minimum mark of 55%. If that is earned, then the credits are awarded. If a grade less than C is earned, a grade of "U" is posted, and no credits are given.

Only elective courses can be taken under the S/U option; courses taken under S/U will not count towards your major, minor or freshman requirements. You may take only one S/U course per term, to a maximum of 10% of your total McGill resident credits. You can find the full Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory policy here.

The S/U option is not available for non-program students (e.g. Special or Visiting students) or students in their U0 year.



  • Adding the S/U option: the last day of "add/drop"
  • Removing the S/U option: the "withdrawal without refund" deadline.


  • Adding the S/U option: the last day of "add/drop" which is the 4th scheduled class.
  • Removing the S/U option: the "withdrawal without refund" deadline. which is the 9th scheduled class.

Selecting the S/U Option

Step 1: Go to the "Quick Add or Drop Course Sections" tool under the Registration Menu in Minerva.

Step 2: In the "Course Grade Mode" drop down menu for the elective course, select the "Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory" grade mode.

Step 3: Click "Submit" at the bottom of the menu to save the change.

IMPORTANT: For information about the exceptional 'Additional Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option' for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021 Terms ONLY, please refer to the adjusted-academic-measures.

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