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Credit/No Credit

Degree students in the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design may select up to 2.0 full-course equivalents* of their degree credits offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George), UTM** or UTSC** to be assessed on a Credit/ No Credit (CR/NCR) basis. See below for list of exceptions. Courses with a final status of CR do not affect the GPA. They will count towards Distribution/Breadth Requirements and degree credits, but cannot be used to satisfy Subject POSt requirements.


Why should a student consider the CR/NCR option?

The CR/NCR option was created to encourage you to expand your possible course choices to areas where you think you have interest, but may not be confident about how well you will do. With the CR/NCR option, course results don't impact your GPA. And if you find that you're doing better in it than expected, you may still choose to remove the CR/NCR option providing you do so by the deadline to cancel the course without academic penalty.

Why should a student NOT consider the CR/NCR option?

  • You need the course for a Subject POSt. You may not use a course taken on a CR/NCR basis to satisfy Subject POSt requirements, nor the 12.0 different FCE requirement between Subject POSts for your degree. Therefore, if there is any chance in the future that you may want to enroll in a Subject POSt which requires a particular course as an entry or a program requirement, you should NOT choose the CR/NCR option.  Remember that you have until the course drop deadline to make this decision, so you should consider your options carefully and contact your college registrar’s office if you need advice.
  • You may need certification of the grade in the future. The numerical/letter grade in courses taken on a CR/NCR basis will not appear on the transcript and will not be unofficially released or reported in any way. If you think you may need to provide your grades in any or all of your courses for professional/graduate school applications or other reasons in the future, you should NOT choose the CR/NCR option.
Important things you need to know about the CR/NCR option:
  • Students must make changes to this mode of assessment (e.g. add or remove a CR/NCR option) no later than the last date to cancel the course without academic penalty*. Once the deadline has passed, students may not reverse this decision.
  • To achieve a status of CR (Credit), a student must achieve a final mark of at least 50%*. Marks below that will be assessed as NCR (No Credit).  The final numerical or letter grade in the course will not appear on the transcript.
  • Courses with a final status of CR will count as degree credits but will have no effect on the student’s GPA. They will count towards Distribution/Breadth Requirements and degree credits. However, they CANNOT be used to satisfy Subject POSt requirements nor the 12.0 different FCE requirement between Subject POSts for your degree. PLEASE NOTE: in some programs, completion of a course in a specific Breadth Requirement category is listed as a program requirement. In these cases, courses with a final status of CR may count towards that BR category for your degree, but they cannot be used to fulfill the program requirement. 
  • Courses with a final status of NCR will not count as degree credits but will not count as failures, and will also not be included in the GPA calculation.
  • Students may exercise this option to a total of 2.0 full-course equivalents within the total number of credits required for a degree. The choice is not restricted as to year or level of course.
  • Students taking a course on a CR/NCR basis will not be identified individually to the instructor teaching that course; they will be assessed in the same way as all other students in the course, i.e. will have the same assignments and tests and will be evaluated with the same expectations.
  • There is no approval process for CR/NCR.  It is up to you to determine whether you should take a particular course on a CR/NCR basis. (See advice above)
  • Students who transfer to the Faculty of Arts & Science from University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) or University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC) will have all UTM/UTSC CR/NCR options (if any) included in their Arts & Science academic record. These CR/NCR options are counted towards the 2.0 FCE maximum.

  • The CR/NCR option cannot be used for a course in which the student has committed an academic offence. If a student has specified the CR/NCR option in a course in which he or she commits an academic offence, the CR/NCR option will be revoked and the percentage grade will stand as the course grade.

* Effective 2012 Summer session

The Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) CR/NCR option is available for:

  • current undergraduate degree students in the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George campus;
  • current undergraduate degree students in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design.

The Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George) CR/NCR option is NOT available for:

  • Faculty of Arts & Science non-degree students (see below for note to graduating students);
  • students from other faculties or divisions who are taking an Arts & Science course (except current undergraduate degree students in the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, UTM, UTSC);
  • courses offered by other divisions taken by Arts & Science or Architecture degree students.
  • courses where an individual student works on independent study or individual research supervised by a professor; First Year Seminars (199s); Research Opportunity Program (299s); Research Excursions (399s); Foundational Year Program courses (College Ones, Munk One); Rotman Commerce (RSM) courses; field courses; courses taken as part of the Summer Abroad program; courses evaluated on Pass/Fail basis
Note to graduating students: The CR/NCR option is only open to degree students. Once students have graduated, they become non-degree students and may not complete courses on a CR/NCR basis, even if they enrolled in the course before their graduation. This means if a student is graduating in June and they select a summer course as CR/NCR or if a student is graduating in November and they enroll in a fall or winter course as CR/NCR, the CR/NCR option will be removed and a percentage grade will appear on the student’s record.

** Effective 2013-14 Fall/Winter session, St. George Arts & Science and Architecture degree students may apply the CR/NCR option to courses taken at University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) or University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Not all courses at UTM/UTSC may be eligible -- check with the relevant campus.

When can I add or remove a CR/NCR option?

Eligible students may add a CR/NCR option beginning on the first day of classes of the relevant session.

The deadline to add or remove a CR/NCR option is the same as the deadline to drop the course without academic penalty. See the Faculty's Important Dates section for exact dates. Once the deadline has passed, students may not reverse this decision.

How do I add or remove a CR/NCR option?

Students may add or remove a CR/NCR option directly on ROSI. You will be able to view your past and present CR/NCR selections on ROSI.


Before you add or remove a CR/NCR option, read the advice above on when you should or shouldn't consider this option. If you have questions or need further advice, contact your college registrar's office.

Last updated: April 4, 2014