Clarification for Engineering Courses

UVA Engineering Undergraduate Students:

On April 15, 2020, UVA Associate Vice Provost and Registrar Laura Hawthorne sent a University-wide email entitled “Spring 2020 Grading Options” outlining special grading provisions due to the extraordinary challenges caused by COVID-19. We are writing to provide some details and some suggestions on how to choose between the graded and credit/no-credit options.

In the School of Engineering, general credit (GC) in elective classes will count toward your degree requirements. Whether GC will be sufficient in a required class in your program of study is a decision to be made by your Program Director. You can anticipate hearing from them.

You may be experiencing anxiety about how CR/GC/NC on your transcript might be viewed by schools and employers. Rest assured that your transcript will be annotated that this was an emergency measure, and that employers and schools will be well aware that transcripts from this semester will look atypical. Colleges and universities across the country are making similar changes to ours. We have no reason to believe that there will be any negative consequences for your acceptance to graduate and professional schools (including medical schools), or to your employability, as a result of taking courses CR/GC/NC. In fact, we have clear evidence to the contrary.

Many of you are debating whether you should choose a letter grade or stick with the default CR/GC/NC. In general, if you need a letter grade to raise your GPA, we advise opting for a letter grade this semester. If you are comfortable with your GPA, or if you feel that your situation has led you to not perform at the level of which you are fully capable, then we believe you would be well served by sticking with the default CR/GC/NC grading system. If you are unsure of your decision, consider asking your academic advisor for their perspective.


N. Scott Barker, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

UVA Engineering

Will Guilford, Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education

UVA Engineering