The credit/no credit option allows students to take a limited number of courses on a pass/fail basis. It is intended to allow students to experiment and to take risks when choosing their courses. Bryn Mawr students admitted as freshmen are permitted to choose to take up to four courses credit/no credit during the course of their four years at Bryn Mawr. Transfer students are allotted one CR/NC course per year enrolled at Bryn Mawr.
Credit/ No Credit Rules:
- Students must sign up to take semester-long courses CR/NC by 5pm on the Friday of the sixth week of each semester.
The sign-up book is available at the OneStop Desk, in the entry way of Guild Hall. This deadline is strictly enforced, so be sure to give yourself plenty of time to sign up. In the case of year-long courses, you must sign up each semester.
- For quarter-long classes, the deadline is 5pm on the Friday of the third week of each quarter.
- No more than one semester-long course or two quarter-long courses per semester may be taken through the CR/NC option. However, if a student is taking a course that is CR/NC for everyone (for example, Chorale or Orchestra), she may still choose to take one course under the ordinary CR/NC option.
- Instructors do not know which students have elected to take a course CR/NC. The registrar records the grade submitted by the professor, but the grade does not appear on the transcript. Instead, grades of 1.0 and above are recorded as CR, and grades of 0 are recorded as NC. CR and NC are not calculated into the official GPA.
- A student may not take any course in her major Credit/No Credit. This applies to all courses cross-listed with a student's major, regardless of whether the student plans to use it for her major. If a student later declares a major in a subject in which she has taken a course CR/NC, that grade will be uncovered: it will appear on her transcript and will be included in her GPA.
- Once the deadline for sign-up has passed, a student may not reverse her decision or otherwise "uncover the grade," except by declaring a major in the department.
- If a student wishes to use a CR/NC course towards a College requirement, she is still bound by the rule requiring that only courses with grades of 2.0 or above will count towards a requirement.
- Grades behind CR/NC courses are included in the calculations used to determine magna cum laude and summa cum laude for graduation honors.
- Bryn Mawr students are bound by Bryn Mawr CR/NC rules, even when the course being taken CR/NC is at Haverford, Swarthmore, or Penn.
- CR/NC grades cannot be disclosed to graduate schools, employers, or anyone else who asks what the grade behind the CR/NC is. The only thing that can be disclosed is whether a specific instance of a CR grade is equivalent to a 2.0 or greater.
If you have questions about the CR/NC option, or want advice on whether or not to take a course CR/NC, see your dean.