Credit/D/Fail Policy Information
A student may choose to take a limited number of courses with the Credit/D/Fail grading option as opposed to earning regular letter grades. Courses to be taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis should be so indicated on Polaris under the Registration tab. A course may be changed from letter grades to Credit/D/Fail or vice versa up until the end of the sixth week of classes. When a student chooses the Credit/D/Fail grading option, a grade of CR (credit) is given if the student produces work at a level of C- or above, a grade of D is given if the student produces work at a D level, and a grade of F is given otherwise.
- In any given semester, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 4.0 total credits to elect the Credit/D/Fail grading option for a course. A student who has 5.0 or more credits in his/her semester course load may elect to take an additional course on a Credit/D/Fail basis.
- A student may elect the Credit/D/Fail grading option for up to four courses within the 32 credits required for graduation; courses in excess of the 32 credits required may be taken Credit/D/Fail without limit to number, beginning with the semester following the one in which the 32 credits are completed and as long as the semester course load totals 4.0 credits or more. Courses that are only graded Credit/D/Fail (music ensemble and dance and theater performance courses, as examples) are not counted within these restrictions.
- Most departments require that all courses taken to satisfy requirements for the major or minor be taken for regular letter grades. Questions about whether or not a course taken with the Credit/D/Fail grading option will count toward a major or minor should be referred to the appropriate department.
- Courses taken to satisfy the College's first-year seminar requirement must be graded with regular letter grades, and courses satisfying distribution and division requirements must also be taken for regular letter grades (unless CR, D, and F are the only grades given for the course).
- An independent study or honors project may not be taken on a Credit/D/Fail basis.
- A grade of CR (credit) will not count toward a student's GPA. A grade of D or F received on the Credit/D/Fail grading scale will count toward a student's GPA, and it will count toward academic standing (probation, suspension, dismissal). Refer to the College Catalogue for more information about academic standing requirements.
- Please note that taking courses Credit/D/Fail can impact Sarah and James Bowdoin eligibility. Students should review the SJBS policy for more details.