Grades & Academic Standing

Grading Symbols

Grading symbol

Grade Points

Used to calculate GPA

Definition (additional information below)

A

A-

4.0

3.7

Yes

Outstanding achievement

B+

B

B-

3.3

3.0

2.7

Yes

Very good, commendable achievement

C+

C

C-

2.3

2.0

1.7

Yes

Satisfactory achievement

D+

D

1.3

1.0

Yes

Minimum performance

F

0.0

Yes

Failure without credit

AU

0.0

No

Audit refers to the student’s status as an auditor.

CR

0.0

No

Credit indicates satisfactory achievement of course requirements.

I

0.0

No

Incomplete indicates a portion of required coursework has not been completed and evaluated in the prescribed time period due to unforeseen, but fully justified reasons, and that there is still a possibility of earning credit.

NC

0.0

No

No Credit indicates unsatisfactory achievement of course requirements.

RD

0.0

No

Report Delayed indicates that due to circumstances beyond the control of the student, a grade has not been reported to the Office of the Registrar. (Grade is assigned by the Registrar)

RP

0.0

No*

Report in Progress used for thesis, project and other courses where work assigned extends beyond one academic term. The RP indicates that work is in progress but that assignment of a final grade must await completion of additional work.

W

0.0

No

Withdrawal or an authorized drop of the class within the allowed deadline.

WU

0.0

Yes

Withdrawal Unauthorized indicates that the student did not withdraw from the course and also failed to complete course requirements. 

Credit

For an undergraduate, unclassified post-baccalaureate, and second bachelor’s degree students credit is equivalent to a passing grade (A, B, C, or C-).

For a graduate student who is in a master’s degree program or a credential-seeking student, credit is equivalent to a passing grade (A, B, or B-).

Incomplete

Incomplete indicates that a portion of required coursework has not been completed and evaluated in the prescribed time period due to unforeseen, but fully justified, reasons and that there is still a possibility of earning credit. It is the responsibility of the student to bring pertinent information to the attention of the instructor and to determine from the instructor the remaining course requirements which must be satisfied to remove the Incomplete.

The instructor of the course will complete an Incomplete Contract. The date by which the course is to be completed will be stated; however, no more than one year from the time the class ended will be allowed to complete the requirements. See How to accept an incomplete contract.

Either the instructor will change the Incomplete to an appropriate grade or it will administratively be changed to either a letter grade of F (Failure) and will be included in the student’s grade point average or to a grade of NC (No Credit) depending on the grade mode of the course.

No Credit

For an undergraduate, unclassified post-baccalaureate, and second bachelor’s degree students no credit is equivalent to a D+ or lower.

For a graduate student who is in a master’s degree program or a credential-seeking student no credit is equivalent to a C+ or lower. However, some universities and many graduate and professional schools interpret an NC grade as F.

Report in Progress

Work is to be completed in one year except for master’s thesis courses. Master’s thesis courses with an RP grade must be completed within seven years from the end of the term in which it was assigned.

If an undergraduate student does not complete the coursework within one year, the RP grade will be administratively changed to a grade of F (Failure) and will be included in the student’s grade point average or to a grade of NC (No Credit) depending on the grade mode of the course. If a graduate student does not complete the coursework within seven years, the RP grade will be administratively changed to a grade of F (Failure) and will be included in the student’s grade point average or to a grade of NC (No Credit) depending on the grade mode of the course.

Withdrawal

The student was permitted to drop the course after the second week of instruction with the approval of the instructor and department chair. It carries no connotation of quality of student performance. If a student withdraws completely from Humboldt State University, an instructor has the right to override a W with an F or NC, depending on the grade mode of the course.

Withdrawal Unauthorized

The enrolled student did not withdraw from the course and also failed to complete course requirements. It is used when, in the opinion of the instructor, completed assignments and/or course activities were insufficient to make normal evaluation of the academic performance possible.
For purposes of grade point average this symbol is equivalent to an F and is included in grade point average

Grade Modes

Mandatory CR/NC Grading

Some courses are offered only credit/no credit—no letter grades. These include activity courses, thesis projects, field projects, independent study courses, and specialized courses.

Optional CR/NC Grading

An undergraduate student has a choice in some courses to opt for credit/no credit (CR/NC) in place of a letter grade. See Policies: Credit Limitations for more information.

Changing a grade mode

Once you have enrolled in a class, you can change how a class is graded by using the Edit Class Enrollment Options in your Student Center. Consult with your advisor before selecting a grade option other than Letter Grade. How to change a grade mode.

Honors for Undergraduates

Humboldt State University awards honors to undergraduate students at the time of graduation, based on the following criteria:

  • Completion of 30 units in letter-graded course work in residence at Humboldt State University
  • A minimum GPA of 3.50 on all work taken at Humboldt State University
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.50 on all work attempted

The overall grade point average (including both transfer and Humboldt State University course work) determines which honors the student receives at graduation:

SUMMA CUM LAUDE (highest honors) - 3.85 to 4.00

MAGNA CUM LAUDE (high honors) - 3.70 to 3.84

CUM LAUDE (honors) - 3.50 to 3.69

Dean's List

An undergraduate student who completes at least 12 graded (A-F) units with a minimum term grade point average of 3.50 is designated as on the Dean's List. This designation appears on the student’s academic transcript.

Presidential Scholar

An undergraduate student who completes at least 12 graded (A-F) units with a minimum term grade point average of 3.85 is designated a Presidential Scholar. This designation appears on the student’s academic transcript.

Graduation with Distinction (Graduate Students)

One graduate student in each program may be selected to receive the Patricia O. McConkey Outstanding Graduate Student Award. Students who receive this award will graduate with distinction.

For more information contact Graduate Studies.

Academic Standing

Good Academic Standing

Students are considered in good academic standing if their Humboldt State cumulative grade point average (GPA) and overall GPA are:

2.0 or above (undergraduate students)

3.0 or above (graduate students)

See Forms & Policies or the university catalog for information about Academic Probation.

Attendance

Humboldt State University expects attendance at every class meeting. If you are absent from a class or lab session within the first week of instruction, you may be dropped for non-attendance by the instructor no later than the end of the second week of instruction. If you want to be reenrolled in a course from which you have been dropped, contact the instructor for approval (permission number) and reenroll in the course prior to the semester add/drop deadline. (Faculty Initiated Drop for Non-Attendance Policy 27-15/16-APC)

Avoid an WU or F. Not all instructors will drop students on the basis of non-attendance. You are responsible for ensuring the correct courses are on your schedule prior to the add/drop deadline. A course not properly dropped receives a “WU” (withdrawal unauthorized), which counts as an “F” for GPA purposes.

Grade Disputes

If you have a grade dispute, meet with the instructor to discuss and review the disputed grade.  If the issue is not resolved, see Student Grievance Procedure Related to Grade or Policy Dispute for more information. 

Grievance Procedure for Students

Disclosure of Student Information

We take your privacy seriously. Read more about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

FERPA