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 under the Credit/D/Fail option 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. 

For additional rules regarding the Credit/D/Fail option, consult the Grades section of the Yale College Programs of Study.