Update for fall 2020 and spring 2021 S/U grading

Nov. 20, 2020

Dear Students,

We are pleased to announce that NSHE has authorized UNLV to provide the option for Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grading for fall 2020 and spring 2021.

We recognize that the ongoing pandemic has brought challenges and dramatic changes to the way we teach and learn. It has impacted nearly every aspect of our lives, as was made clear by the heart-wrenching student comments shared with the Board of Regents last Friday. We also recognize your persistence in face of adversity, and we are deeply committed to doing all we can to support you in achieving your academic goals.

Below, please find important information and updates on the S/U grading process. Information is also available on the student page of the UNLV COVID-19 website:

  • Boyd School of Law, UNLV School of Medicine, School of Nursing and School of Dental Medicine have established their own procedures for 2020-2021 grades. Law, medical, nursing and dental students should consult with their respective deans’ offices.
  • Forms to request a change in grading basis to S/U will be available in the UNLV Self-Service Center for undergraduate students and in the Grad Rebel Gateway for graduate students. See the table below for dates when the form will become available and submission deadlines. Log in to the UNLV Self-Service Center to learn more about how to complete the form, and which factors to consider when deciding whether to request S/U grading, or visit academic advising FAQ or the Graduate College COVID-19 Updates page.

Submission Dates for S/U Grading Requests for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021


Final Grades Due

S/U Request Form Opens

Deadline to Submit S/U Request Form

Fall 2020

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020

Thursday, December 31, 2020 (5:00 pm PST) for undergraduates. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 (5:00 pm PST) for graduate students

Spring 2021

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 (5:00 pm PST)


  • Forms will only be accepted after final grades post in MyUNLV. It is important that you check your final grades, so you are aware of the letter grades you may choose to replace.
  • The S/U grading request form includes several statements to advise you of the potential impacts of S and U grades on your academic progress, financial aid, and GPA. You must acknowledge that you have read and understand each of these statements before you submit the form. 
  • If you request a change to S/U grading for any of your courses, the Office of the Registrar will make changes according to the following equivalencies: 
    • S = “D-” or better for undergraduate students
    • S = “B-” or better for graduate students
    • U = “F” for undergraduate students
    • U = “C+” or lower for graduate students
  • “S” and “U” grades are not included in GPA or grade point balance calculations. If you choose the S/U option for all of your classes, you will have no semester GPA, and your cumulative GPA will not change. If you choose the S/U option for some of your courses, only those for which you keep letter grades will be included in your semester GPA.
  • “S” or “U” grades may impact eligibility for some forms of financial aid. You should contact the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships if you have questions about your specific situation. Information about S/U grades and Millennium Scholarship eligibility can be found in Academic Advising FAQ.
  • “S” grades will satisfy most UNLV prerequisites and graduation requirements. However, you should consult with your academic advisor about specific requirements of your program or any programs/institutions to which you plan to apply in the future. 
  • Students in Pre-Social Work, Social Work and Pre-Nursing programs will not be able to request S/U grading for certain required courses. These courses will be listed on the S/U request form.

Thank you for your commitment to UNLV. Please know that we are working hard to help address the challenges brought on by this pandemic and support your academic success.

Warm wishes,

Keith E. Whitfield

Chris Heavey
Executive Vice President and Provost