Be sure to read the Yale College Programs of Study rules and regulations governing Credit/D/Fail. What follows is a summary of key sections.
The Credit/D/Fail option
- Any course in Yale College may be taken Credit/D/Fail rather than for a letter grade. If you take a course Credit/D/Fail, a grade of C– or above will be converted on your 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 courses 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.
Further 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.
- 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 your intention by the date your course schedule is due. You may change your mind and convert from Credit/D/Fail to a letter grade, but you may not change from a letter grade to the Credit/D/Fail option.
- Deadlines to change from Credit/D/Fail to a letter grade are early November for the fall term, and early April for the spring term.
- Course Change Notices, used to change from the Credit/D/Fail option to a letter grade, are available in hard copy only from the offices of the residential college deans.
- If you want to earn acceleration credits through work in advanced courses, you cannot use the Credit/D/Fail option in those courses, because acceleration credit is awarded only for grades of B, B+, A–, or A.