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

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)

Academic Probation & Disqualification

An undergraduate student seeking a bachelor’s degree, a post-baccalaureate student seeking a second bachelor’s degree, or an unclassified post-baccalaureate student will be placed on academic probation if either the overall grade point average or the cumulative GPA at Humboldt falls below 2.0 (C grade average).

If a student is on academic probation and the Humboldt State cumulative grade point average is below the following levels, the student will be academically disqualified:

  • Freshmen (less than 30 units) will be academically disqualified if their Humboldt State GPA is below a 1.50.
  • Sophomores (30 to 59.9 units) will be academically disqualified if their Humboldt State GPA is below a 1.70.
  • Juniors (60 to 89.9 units) will be academically disqualified if their Humboldt State GPA is below a 1.85.
  • Seniors (90 units or more) post-baccalaureate students seeking a second bachelor's degree, and unclassified post-baccalaureate students will be disqualified if their Humboldt State GPA is below a 1.95.
  • Unclassified post-baccalaureate graduates below 1.95

Note: A student may remain on probation for no more than two sequential semesters. After two semesters on academic probation, a student must either return to good academic standing or be disqualified.

  • Graduate students, including those who are classified or conditionally classified, and credential seeking students will be placed on academic probation if their Humboldt State cumulative grade point average falls below a 3.0 (B grade average). A graduate coordinator may also notify a student of academic probation or disqualification for failure to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the degree. Graduate students may be placed on probation and/or disqualified for failure to make adequate progress in the program, as defined by the requirements and policies of individual programs, by recommendation of the program faculty and graduate coordinator, and action of the graduate dean. While on academic probation if a graduate student or a credential student’s cumulative GPA at Humboldt State is below a 3.0 for a second consecutive term, the student will be academically disqualified.

Disqualified students will not be allowed to register unless they are formally reinstated and/or readmitted to the university. A disqualified student may be excluded from attending Humboldt State University for up to one year or more. Regularly enrolled students who are academically disqualified from HSU are not eligible to enroll in coursework through the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement. The student must demonstrate that she/he can maintain the minimum GPA at Humboldt. Regularly enrolled students who are academically disqualified from HSU are not eligible to enroll in Open University through the College of Extended Education & Global Engagement for one academic year.

For information regarding the petition process for reinstatement, please contact the Office of the Registrar, SBS 133, 707-826-4101.

Financial aid and veterans educational benefits have satisfactory academic progress criteria that can affect aid eligibility. Baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate level veterans and eligible dependent students will be placed on veteran’s academic probation if their cumulative grade point average at Humboldt State falls below a 2.00. Veterans and eligible dependents are permitted a maximum of two semesters on probation before their benefits will be terminated due to unsatisfactory academic progress. Contact the Veterans Certification Officer, LL 58, for information regarding veterans educational benefit criteria.

Contact the Financial Aid Office, SBS 231, for information regarding satisfactory academic progress standards for financial aid recipients.

More information on Academic Probation

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