How does Credit/No Credit work?
Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) is taking a course pass or fail. It is an option available to allow you to a take an academic risk or pursue new subject matter. The grade submitted by your professor for a CR/NC course is not factored into your GPA. You will receive credit toward graduation as long as you earn least a 1.0 in the course. On your transcript a “CR” (credit) or “NC” (no credit) will appear instead of a grade. When taking a course CR/NC you are considered a regular member of the class and must meet all the academic commitments of the course on schedule. The instructor will not be notified of your CR/NC registration.
How do I sign up for CR/NC?
You must sign up in Bionic (starting after Confirmation of Registration ends) to declare a course credit/no credit. The deadline to sign up for a full semester course is by the end of the sixth week of classes. This deadline is strictly enforced. If a student changes their mind prior to the end of the deadline, they may use the same process to revert the course back to the normal grading basis.
Can I take a course at Haverford, Swarthmore or Penn CR/NC?
Yes. Please note that the Bryn Mawr CR/NC rules apply to courses at other institutions.
Can I take a College-Wide Requirement course CR/NC?
Yes. However, you must earn a grade of 2.0 or above in such a course in order to fulfill the requirement. If you get below a 2.0 but above 1.0, you will still receive credit, but the requirement will not be fulfilled.
Are there any courses the deans advise that I not take CR/NC?
The deans highly recommend that you do not take your ESEM CR/NC as this course provides an academic foundation on which the rest of your Bryn Mawr education is built.
Can I take a course in my major CR/NC?
You cannot take courses in your major department as CR/NC. If you take a course CR/NC and then decide to major in that department, the grade will be uncovered.
Can I take a course in my minor CR/NC?
Taking a course for a minor is permitted. You must receive at least a 2.0 in the course for it to count towards your minor.
How many courses can I take CR/NC?
You can take up to 4 units CR/NC throughout your four years at Bryn Mawr. You can only take one course CR/NC within a given semester. Exception: If you are taking a course that is CR/NC for everyone (e.g. Chorale or Orchestra), you may still choose to take one course under the ordinary CR/NC option. Transfer students may take one CR/NC unit for each year they spend at Bryn Mawr based on class year at entrance.
How do I view the covered grade behind my CR/NC?
You can view the covered numeric grade by checking the grades page in your Student Center in Bionic.
Can I uncover a CR/NC grade?
No. Once the CR/NC deadline has passed it is not possible to uncover your grade. The only exception is if the course becomes part of your major, since students may not take any courses in their major under the CR/NC option.
How will graduate schools view courses taken CR/NC?
In general, the deans advise that you not take courses related to potential graduate work CR/NC. Law schools don't like to see a pattern of CR/NC courses, but one to two CR/NC courses is generally fine. Medical schools and other graduate programs in the health professions want to see actual grades for prerequisite courses. The Guide for 1st and 2nd Year Students prepared by Bryn Mawr's Health Professions Advising Office recommends the following: “Take few (or no) credit/non-credit courses. It is best to take all your courses for a grade because medical schools look for applicants who have consistently challenged themselves throughout the undergraduate years. You must take all of your premedical requirements for a grade.” Please consult the Health Professions Advising Office if you need additional guidance.
Is there anything else I might need to consider?
Grades for courses taken credit/no credit are taken into consideration by the Registrar’s Office when determining your eligibility for magna cum laude and summa cum laude distinctions, but these grades are not uncovered.