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    Some schools are making classes taken this semester pass/fail while others are giving the option to choose which classes. How will this look on a transcript to adcoms? If I'm taking honors classes and math courses to try and go onto graduate school, will this hurt me? Thanks

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    Re: Pass/Fail for Graduate Admissions Because of CoVid-19

    If possible, do not take the pass/fail option in math or econ classes.

    Explain to your math and econ professors that you are intending to go to grad school. Hopefully, they are relaxing standards to compensate for this insane situation.

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    I agree with tm_member.

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    Re: Pass/Fail for Graduate Admissions Because of CoVid-19

    Startz, how do you plan on handling grades of students who are affected by mandatory Pass/Fail grading schemes for the semester (i.e. not possible to opt-out)? Granted, these are very high-caliber institutions like Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Dartmouth, but an A at this institution is still very different than a C+. I'm sure more schools will be added to this list.

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    Re: Pass/Fail for Graduate Admissions Because of CoVid-19

    Good question. I hope to have a good answer six to nine months from now...

    It's worse than you might think, because it's not at all clear that there will be any way to tell if Pass/Fail was mandatory.

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    Re: Pass/Fail for Graduate Admissions Because of CoVid-19

    Every school with mandatory P/F has said that transcripts will carry a note that spring 2020 grades were mandatory P/F.

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    So at OP: if your school's P/F is mandatory, then feelsbadman but its not all bad. If your school's P/F is optional, *don't* take it if possible.

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    Okay thanks guy. Doing work and studying at home is a lot more difficult than it sounds and is VERY different from at a dorm room or library at an institution. Appreciate the feedback and thoughts.

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    Re: Pass/Fail for Graduate Admissions Because of CoVid-19

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    Every school with mandatory P/F has said that transcripts will carry a note that spring 2020 grades were mandatory P/F.
    This is good news for admission committees, but how do you know this? We get transcripts from hundreds of colleges.

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    Re: Pass/Fail for Graduate Admissions Because of CoVid-19

    Transcript would indicate that I hope.

    Btw, The New School has implemented an A/A- policy were students will receive only an A/A- for classes.
    Policies and Procedures | The New School in New York

    "What does it mean to be graded based on the Double A Grading Policy?For the Spring 2020 term only, students will be eligible for A or A- if they complete the requirements of the course. Other grading options for instructors will include:

    • A grade of “I,” which indicates an instructor has granted an extension to complete outstanding work for the course for individual students.
    • A grade of “Z,” which designates a student has Unofficially Withdrawn, may be assigned to students who discontinue to engage or participate in their coursework."

    2021 Admissions is gonna get complicated. I find this unfair coming from a school that will not have this policy. Its mandatory Pass/Fail for me. I'm ****ed.

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