Grade Options

When registering for courses, Brown students must indicate whether they are taking a course for a grade (G) or satisfactory/no credit (S/NC). Students may change their grade option for a course online during the first four weeks of the semester. No grade option changes are allowed after the first four weeks of any semester.

A small number of courses are designated by their instructors as mandatory S/NC. Such courses cannot be taken for a grade, and are indicated with an asterisk on the external transcript. If a student has done extraordinarily well in a course taken S/NC, the course instructor may give a grade of S with Distinction. S with Distinction grades are not recorded on the Brown transcript or the internal academic record. They do count toward eligibility requirements for Phi Beta Kappa and College honors at graduation. The Registrar's office maintains a list of S with Distinction grades for these purposes.

In keeping with the spirit of the open curriculum, Brown does not compute students' Grade Point Averages. Students who have questions about how to complete applications for external opportunities (e.g. graduate or professional school, fellowships) are encouraged to consult with an academic dean. 

Course Performance Reports

In addition to the two grade options at Brown, students may request narrative evaluations of their performance from their course instructors. These course performance reports provide valuable information to students about their success in meeting course learning objectives, especially for courses graded S/NC. Students initiate the course performance report process in ASK during the semester they are taking the course in question. Instructors are not obligated to honor requests for performance reports after the semester has ended. 

Course Audits

Auditing a course allows students to take a course without any grade notation on the transcript. Although audits do not carry course credit, they do appear on the external transcript and count toward the five courses that students may take in any given term. Audits are at the discretion of course instructors, who may require students to complete some or all assignments in the course. The deadline for changing a course audit to credit is the end of the fourth week of classes. Students may change from credit to audit until midterm. Check the Academic Calendar for each semester's deadlines.