What are Q-Drop, Pass/Fall Courses
Quickly on, you’ll learn that an "F" will heavily damage your GPA. If you are struggling trying to pass a class or do not want a particular class to be factored into your GPA, you need to know how to go about this. Below is some information about dropping classes and taking pass/fail courses.
During the registration period and the first week of school, most students are permitted to drop a course without penalty, meaning they get a full refund for whatever class they choose to drop. Most universities will moderately reduce tuition reimbursement, usually offering a 50 percent refund around the 12th class day (see your academic calendar for exact dates). After this period, the only way a student may drop a course is by "Q-dropping" it. Student must fill out a form, stating why they want to drop the course. Some reasons may include conflict, like employment or child care, a death in the family, or excessive course load. Once the form is filled out, students must have an academic advisor or professor of the course sign it. Both have the right to refuse to sign the form. If both parties grant you permission to Q-drop the course, you will not be offered a refund and a small "Q" will be placed on your official transcript indicating which courses you dropped. It’s important to note that some universities have strict rules about how many classes can be Q-dropped within your college career. It’s usually around three. Most universities allow you to Q-drop the same class only once. While it’s not unusual for a student to Q-drop one or two classes, too many may be frowned upon by people who need to evaluate your transcripts, like graduate school admission officers for example.
Pass/Fail courses are ideal for students who think they’re going to struggle in a class or don’t want to spend too much time worrying about their grade in a certain class because it’s their final semester, for example. If you earn anywhere from an "A" to a "D" in the class, that constitutes as passing. If you pass, you will get credit. But if you choose pass/fail and manage to earn an "A," that 4.0 will not count towards your GPA. Again, you will just get credit for taking the class. If you fail the course, it will count towards your GPA, however. Most colleges only allow electives to be taken pass/fail. If you change a core class to pass/fail during the semester, it will count as an elective and you might not fulfill degree requirements. Take note that most colleges require that a minimum number of residency hours be completed before you are eligible to take pass/fail courses and usually no more than two classes a semester can be taken as pass/fail.