Glossary Of Terms And Services


Pass/No Pass Registration (P/NP) - Enrollment in a course for which a student will not receive a standard letter grade. During the first three weeks of the semester (or the third-week equivalent for sessions scheduled for less than 15 weeks), students may elect to take a course numbered below 500 on a Pass/No Pass basis. Undergraduates may take a maximum of 24 units as Pass/No Pass. Certain classes, such as those fulfilling the Writing requirement, may not be taken as Pass/No Pass.

Graduate students must receive department approval to enroll in a graduate course on a Pass/No Pass basis. Refer to the Pass/No Pass Graded Work section in the USC Catalogue under "Academic Policies."

Students should consult their academic advisor before enrolling in any course on a Pass/No Pass basis. To change a course to P/NP, students may complete the Pass/No Pass Request form in the Registration Building or change the grade option on Web Registration.

Permit to Register - This form assigns students a particular day and time at which they may register for courses for the upcoming semester. Registration times are based on a student’s class level and number of academic units completed. It also contains a student’s name and related demographic information. The Permit to Register is issued to students at the Registration Building (REG). If you have questions, please contact the Registration department at (213) 740-8500.

Petitions (Articulation) - See Articulation Petition.

Petitions (Department-Initiated) - Requests for exception to specific degree requirements are generated in schools and departments. Most requests will be forwarded by the advisor to CAPP, via Academic Review, for review. Some exceptions are made by the dean of the school and are recorded in the student exception process by the academic department. See Academic Review.

Petitions (Registration-Related) - Requests for exceptions to published registration procedures and enrollment deadlines. Such requests are generated in the Academic Review and Retention Office and and reviewed by the Dean of Academic Records and Registrar. Requests denied by the dean are referred to a CAPP panel for review. Any request to change the official registration for a semester retroactively must be submitted within 24 months of the end of the semester in question. The 24-month period starts with the last day of final examinations for the semester in question.  If appropriate, the time limit can be waived by the dean of the academic unit in which the student is seeking a degree. There is a $150 processing fee for all registration-related petitions, regardless of the outcome. See Academic ReviewCAPP.

PIN (Personal Identification Number) -): A six-digit number assigned to enrolled students and used to prevent unauthorized access to a student's record.  Initially, students are assigned their six-digit birth date (MM/DD/YY) as their PIN. Students must change their PIN to another number at their first login using OASIS. Difficulties with PINs should be directed to the Registration department at (213) 740-8500.

Placement Examinations - See Examinations (Placement).

Pre-Approval - Written permission from the Degree Progress department for eligible students to take course work outside of USC. Even if there is an Articulation Agreement with the other college, pre-approval is necessary to ensure the student’s eligibility. Courses may be taken only in the summer. The Pre-Approval form can be obtained from the student’s academic advisor or from the Web. For more information, review the Transferring Course Work information or contact Degree Progress in the lobby of the Registration Building (REG) or at (213) 740-7070.

Prerequisites - Courses and/or specific background required of students prior to advancing to the next course in a prescribed sequence of courses. Passage of appropriate examinations or consent of the academic unit offering the course will waive prerequisites. However, a prerequisite course within the same discipline taken after the higher level course has been passed will not be available for unit or grade point average.

Privacy of Student Records - See FERPA

Probation (Academic) - An overall USC grade point average (GPA) of at least C (2.0) on course work taken at USC is required for completion of undergraduate degrees. A student whose overall USC GPA falls below 2.0 is placed on academic probation. Academic probation is monitored by the Academic Review and Retention Office and clearance from an academic review counselor is required for continued enrollment. See Academic Review.