Credit/D/Fail Option

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.

At the start of each term, students enroll in all courses without selecting any for the Credit/D/Fail option. They may subsequently select that option in any Yale College course—other than those independent study courses graded on a Pass/Fail basis—by midterm, as published in the Yale College Calendar with Pertinent Deadlines. After the midterm deadline, election of the Credit/D/Fail option is not permitted. As indicated above, in a given term a student may elect as many as (but no more than) two course credits on the Credit/D/Fail basis; and must elect at least two courses, representing at least two course credits, for letter grades or the mark of Pass, in any combination. 

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.
  • 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.
Converting a Course to Credit/D/Fail 

The rules covering conversion to the Credit/D/Fail option are contained in the “Grades” section of the Yale College Programs of Study. The conversion deadlines for fall and spring are listed in the Yale College Calendar with Pertinent Deadlines.

N.B. Once a student converts a course to the Credit/D/Fail mode, this change cannot be reversed, even if that action is sought before the midterm deadline.  

In addition, the University Registrar’s Office offers these instructions:

If you wish to convert a course to Credit/D/Fail, take the following steps. Once you convert your grade mode to Credit/D/Fail it cannot be reversed.

  • Log into SIS.

  • Select the Course Enrollment tab and click “Yale College Change Course from Letter Grade to Credit/D/Fail.”

  • Change the drop-down selection from “YC – Letter Grade” to “Credit/D/Fail.”

  • Click “Submit Changes” to save the conversion.

  • A confirmation of the change will be sent to your University email account. If you do not receive the confirmation email, your change was not processed. You can confirm all of your course grading modes by viewing your “Course Schedule Details by Term” in SIS.

Contact your residential college dean if you are considering a course withdrawal or have problems converting to Credit/D/Fail grade mode.