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Credit / No Credit Grading Information (CR / NC)


This policy is primarily governed by an Academic Senate Resolution AS-479-97/CC.

Each student can elect to take up to a total of 16 units for credit. Classes taken credit/no-credit do not have an impact on GPA. This option refers to courses that are normally regular graded courses. (For classes only offered as credit/no-credit, this does not apply.) The student must have a 2.0 Cal Poly GPA. (First quarter/incoming freshman are exempt from this GPA restriction.) The quarterly selection of CR / NC cannot exceed more than 8 units or two classes.

Undergraduates: If a "C-" or better is earned, the student will receive credit (cr) for the course. If a "D+" or lower is earned, the student will receive a no-credit (NC) for the course and units will not be earned/given.
Graduate Students: If a "B-" or better is earned, the student will receive credit (cr)for the course. If a "C+" or lower is earned, the student will receive a no-credit (NC) for the course and units will not be earned/given.

CR/NC Selection Deadline
Students must make their credit / no-credit selections by the deadline on the 8th day of instruction. For this specific date, please refer to the 'Student Planning Calendar' for the appropriate term.

Each student is responsible for monitoring the requirements/limitations below:

Maximum of 4 units towards major/support area, if allowed by major department (see the curriculum display in the catalog to determine if your major allows credit/no-credit grading; most do not).
Maximum of 4 units towards GE courses.
Remaining units (to a maximum of 16) may be used for elective units.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that these limitations are met. CPReg does not restrict the ability to inappropriately enroll in major, support and general education courses on a credit/no credit basis.

If a student is not qualified to take a class for credit/no-credit based on the above requirements, but has incorrectly selected credit/no-credit grading (e.g., a second GE course) the actual letter grade earned for the class will be reinstated by the Evaluations Unit. Please contact Evaluations to make this change, which can be done as soon as the error is discovered.