What is it?
The Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) option is an alternative course-specific grading scheme that lets undergraduate students take courses outside their areas of specialization without fear of decreasing their GPAs. Courses with final grades of "S" or "U" are not included in GPA calculations and do not count towards your major or minor requirements.
Eligible students can designate one elective course to be graded under the S/U option each term, and can use the S/U grading option for up to 10 per cent of their total McGill credits.
The S/U option is open to all students except:
- Students in the faculties of Dentistry and Medicine, or the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy.
- Graduate students
- Continuing Studies students
- Special (non-program) students
Refer to the "Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option" section of the Programs, Courses and University Regulations for more conditions and restrictions.
How do I apply?
To choose the S/U option for an elective course, navigate to the course add/drop menu on Minerva and change the "course grade mode."
Be careful! If you accidentally select the S/U option for a mandatory course, you will be required to complete a substitute course approved by your advisor to fulfill your program requirements (except in Engineering, where the Student Affairs Office can fix this for you).