Grades & Academic Standing

Grade Reporting

Spring 2022 grades are official. 

Grading Symbols and Grade Points

Grading SymbolGrade PointsUsed to Calculate GPADefinition (additional information below)
A4.0YesOutstanding achievement
A-3.7Yes
B+3.3Yes
B3.0YesVery good, commendable achievement
B-2.7Yes
C+2.3Yes
C2.0YesSatisfactory achievement
C-1.7Yes
D+1.3Yes
D1.0YesMinimum performance
F0.0YesFailure without credit
AU0.0NoAudit refers to the student’s status as an auditor.
CR0.0NoCredit indicates satisfactory achievement of course requirements.
I0.0NoIncomplete 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.
NC0.0NoNo Credit indicates unsatisfactory achievement of course requirements.
RD0.0NoReport 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)
RP0.0No*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.
W0.0NoOfficial Withdrawal indicates that the student received permission to withdraw from the course.
WU0.0YesUnauthorized Withdrawal Unauthorized indicates that the student did not withdraw from the course and also failed to complete course requirements.

CR (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-).

I (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 initiate 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 Accept an incomplete contract in Student Center.

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. An extension of the one-year time limit (maximum of one additional year) may be granted by petition for circumstances beyond a student's control. The petition must be submitted by no later than the last Friday of classes during the semester the incomplete is set to expire. [Once a final grade is assigned to the course, students are NOT eligible for an extension; a student has the option of repeating the course, subject to the limits of the repeat policy.]

NC (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.

RP (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.

W (Official Withdrawal)

The grading symbol "W" on the transcript indicates that the student was permitted to withdraw from the course after the add/drop deadline with an approved and documented reason. A grade of "W" carries no connotation of quality of student performance and is not used in GPA calculation. If a student withdraws completely from Cal Poly Humboldt, an instructor has the right to override a W with an F or NC, depending on the grade mode of the course.

WU (Unauthorized Withdrawal)

The grading symbol "WU" indicates that an enrolled student did not follow the procedures to officially 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 GPA calculation, this symbol is equivalent to an F.

Petition for Grade Forgiveness of First “WU” Grade(s)
Undergraduate students may petition the Office of the Registrar to apply grade forgiveness to the first “WU” grade(s) received at Cal Poly Humboldt. The "WU" grade(s) will remain on the student's transcript, but will not be included in GPA calculations. We strongly recommend that students contact an advisor or the Office of the Registrar to discuss this petition.
  • Students may petition the Office of the Registrar at any time prior to degree awarding. However, we strongly recommend that students submit their petition at least one semester before they plan to graduate. After the degree has been awarded, the transcript is final and petitions will not be considered.
  • This policy only applies to the first term a student receives one or more “WU” grades at Cal Poly Humboldt. 

Grade Modes

Mandatory CR/NC 

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 Grade Basis

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

Cal Poly Humboldt 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 Cal Poly Humboldt
  • A minimum GPA of 3.50 on all work taken at Cal Poly Humboldt
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.50 on all work attempted

The overall grade point average (including both transfer and Cal Poly Humboldt 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

Honors Cord at Commencement

If your GPA is on track for honors (see above) as of the fall semester prior to commencement, you can purchase an honors cord from the bookstore to wear during the ceremony.

If your GPA is almost there and you expect to reach honors by the end of the spring semester, you may submit a Petition to Purchase an Honors Cord.

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.

Semester Honors

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.

Academic Standing

Good Academic Standing

Students are considered in good academic standing if their Cal Poly Humboldt 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

Cal Poly Humboldt 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

Students should make every attempt to resolve a grade dispute with the instructor and department chair prior to filing a grade appeal. Refer to the Grade Appeal Policy and Grievance Procedure for Students for guidelines and procedures. 

Disclosure of Student Information

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

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