Credit/D/Fail Option

In order to encourage academic experimentation and to promote diversity in students’ programs, the Yale College Faculty has provided that students may elect a certain number of courses on a Credit/D/Fail basis.

Any course in Yale College may be taken Credit/D/Fail rather than for a letter grade. When a course is selected under this option, a grade of C– or above will be converted on the transcript to “CR.” Grades of D+, D, D–, or F will appear on the transcript as reported by the instructor. You may count up to four credits taken Credit/D/Fail toward the bachelor’s degree, and you may take as many as two courses Credit/D/Fail in a single term.

There are some restrictions on the use of the Credit/D/Fail option. You may not apply any Credit/D/Fail course toward fulfillment of the distributional requirements, and some departments will not accept courses taken Credit/D/Fail toward the requirements of the major. If you want to take a course Credit/D/Fail, you must declare that intention by the date your course schedule is due. You may change your mind and convert a Credit/D/Fail selection to a letter grade until shortly after midterm (see the Yale College Programs of Study for deadlines), but you may not change from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option.