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PASS/FAIL OPTION

Amherst College students may choose, with the permission of the instructor, a pass/fail arrangement in two of the 32 courses required for the degree, but not in more than one course in any one semester. The choice of a pass/fail alternative must be submitted by the last day of add/drop and must have the approval of the student’s advisor. No grade-point equivalent will be assigned to a “Pass,” but courses taken on this basis will receive either a “P” or an “F” from the instructor, although in the regular evaluation of work done during the semester the instructor may choose to assign the usual grades for work submitted by students exercising this option.

First-year students, who have the privilege of withdrawing from one course without grade penalty during the first year, and transfer students, who have the privilege of withdrawing from one course during their first semester at Amherst, must take no less than three graded courses in each semester. Please note, this does not mean that a student cannot use both pass/fail options if they have used the Freshman or Transfer drop. It means only that the student may not drop a course and take a course pass/fail in the SAME semester.