Table of Contents for Undergraduate Students

Table of Contents for Graduate Students

FAQ for Undergraduate Students

  1. What grade will I need in order to earn CR if I take a course CR/NC?

    For undergraduate courses, you need to earn a C- or better to receive CR. The following letter grades convert to No Credit (NC): D+, D, D-, F, or unauthorized withdrawal (WU). If you are in a graduate or post-baccalaureate program, please refer to the FAQ for Graduate Students.

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  2. Can I choose which courses I want to take CR/NC?

    Yes, you can choose which courses to take CR/NC, but think carefully about your choices. In some cases (for example, some GE courses), a D+, D, or D- counts toward the completion of a requirement. If you choose CR/NC, however, a CR is equivalent to a minimum of a C-. Anything lower would require you to retake a class, whereas a D+, D, or D- would not.

    Some courses may not count toward a major if taken CR/NC (e.g. Nursing). Additionally, if you are a graduating senior, consider carefully the implications for your graduation status of earning a NC. You may want to talk to an academic advisor before changing your grading option to CR/NC. Students receiving financial aid should also consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office

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  3. Can I take a course in my major or minor for CR/NC?

    Some majors, minors and certificates require a letter grade of “C” or better (for example), and a CR may not count (e.g. Nursing). Talk to your major advisor before changing your grading option to CR/NC.

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  4. How do I change my grading option to CR/NC?

    You can change your grading option in your CI Records Student Center from April 21st through May 15th. Refer to our Spring 2020 Grade Option Guide (PDF, 295kb) for instructions on how to change your grading option from Letter Grade to Credit/No Credit in CI Records.

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  5. What if I don’t know my current grade?

    If you don’t have a good sense of what your current grade is in a course (through review of your grades in the Canvas gradebook, for example), contact your instructor and discuss your performance in the class.

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  6. I’m having a hard time keeping up with classes, can I drop a class or withdraw from the entire semester?

    Yes, you can withdraw from any class as late as May 29th. You will need to fill out the Drop Form (PDF, 713kb) if you are dropping a single class or a Term Withdrawal form (PDF, 711kb) if dropping all classes. Submit completed forms to registrar@csuci.edu. For Spring 2020 courses, you will not need instructor or chair approval, nor will you need to submit documentation.

    Please talk with either an Academic Advisor or Major Advisor before submitting a late withdrawal request. Students receiving financial aid should also consult with the Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

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  7. If I decide to take a course CR/NC, how will this impact my GPA?

    CR/NC grades do not have grade points associated with them and will not count in your GPA. For example, if you take 15 units of courses CR/NC for the semester, you will earn units toward graduation, but your current GPA will not change. The following table shows a calculation of Spring 2020 term GPA for a student enrolled in 14 units. Note that the course units from the "F" do factor into the GPA, while the course units from the CR/NC do not. In this example, the student earned 10 units toward their degree (the A-, CR and B) and 9 units were used in the GPA calculation (A-, F and B). The term GPA = 2.23.

    Spring 2020 coursesCourse UnitsGradeGrade PointsUnits EarnedTotal Grade Points earned (UE X GP)Total Attempted Graded Units
    Totals161020.19

    Course 1

    3

    A-

    3.7

    3

    11.1

    3

    Course 2

    3

    F

    0

    0

    0

    3

    Course 3

    3

    NC

    0

    0

    0

    0

    Course 4

    4

    CR

    0

    4

    0

    0

    Course 5

    3

    B

    3

    3

    9

    3

    GPA = Total Grade Points /Total Attempted Graded Units: 20.1/9 = 2.23 GPA

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  8. If I am on probation, how will taking a class CR/NC affect my academic standing?

    Earning a CR in a course does not generate grade points so it will not factor into your overall GPA and would not impact your probation. Taking a class CR/NC will not help you raise your GPA. If you think you will earn a grade of C or above, taking the class for a grade could help your GPA. Discuss your particular situation with an academic advisor for advice. No student will be academically disqualified based on Spring 2020 grades. Students will have an additional semester to earn the GPA necessary to come off of probation.

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  9. I have been academically disqualified and am taking a class through Open University, can I take the class CR/NC?

    Taking a class CR/NC will not help you raise your GPA. If you are trying to raise your GPA for reinstatement, think carefully about what is the best option, a letter grade or CR/NC. If you have questions, talk with an academic advisor.

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  10. Are there certain courses that I should not take CR/NC if I think I can get a passing grade for them?

    For the Spring 2020 semester only, students are able to choose the CR/NC grading option for all courses (Major, Minor, Prerequisites, GE) that typically have only the letter grade option. For example, Nursing students should not change their grading basis to CR/NC for any courses.

    If you are planning to apply to graduate programs or internships and want your transcript to show a letter grade rather than CR for a particular course, you may not want to switch to CR/NC for that course. You should also think carefully about courses that allow you to use a grade lower than a C- (D+, D, D-) to fulfill a requirement.

    In some cases, earning a D+, D, or D- will count towards your degree (example, some GE courses or major courses). On the other hand, if you selected the CR/NC option and received a NC, you would need to retake the class.

    If you are trying to increase your GPA, be aware that courses assigned to a CR/NC grading scheme are not included in the GPA calculation. You will earn units for courses with a CR grade, but no Grade Points will be included in the GPA calculation.

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  11. Can I earn Honors with CR/NC courses?

    CSUCI undergraduate students completing 12 or more units with a letter grade in a single semester or completing 12 or more units with a letter grade in one academic year assessed at the end of the Spring semester will earn Semester Honors if they earn a 3.75 or higher grade point average (SP 03-19 (PDF, 70kb)). If you elect to take courses as CR/NC and that results in you having fewer than 12 units of courses that assign letter grades, then you will not be eligible to earn Semester Honors.

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  12. If I am retaking a class for grade forgiveness, can I still take the course CR/NC?

    Yes, undergraduate students can take a course CR/NC and still earn grade forgiveness. The grade for the previous attempt of the course will remain on your transcript but will be removed from the GPA calculation. If you have questions about repeating classes and how grade forgiveness will impact your GPA, contact Academic Advising at advisement@csuci.edu or the Registrar’s Office at registrar@csuci.edu.

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  13. Can I take a GE class for CR/NC?

    Yes, you may take GE classes for CR/NC. Additionally, any course that receives a grade of Credit in Spring 2020 will not count toward the 12-unit limit a student may take for a grade of Credit in the University’s General Education requirements.

    GE courses is Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 require you to pass with a C- or better. If you earn a NC in a course in GE Areas A1, A2, A3 and B4 you will need to either retake the same course or take another course in the same GE area.

    In Areas B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, D, and E you can meet the GE Area requirement with a D+, D, or D-, but not a NC, so think carefully before converting these classes to CR/NC.

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  14. What happens if I earn a NC for a course that serves as a prerequisite for another course I need to take?

    If you earn a NC for a prerequisite course, you will not be able to take the next course and will need to retake the prerequisite course.

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  15. If I’m unsure about whether I should take a class CR/NC, who should I talk to for advice?

    If the course is required for your major, it would be best to contact a major advisor from your department. If the course is a GE course, please contact an Academic Advisor at advisement@csuci.edu.

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  16. If I am taking a course through Open University, can I take it CR/NC?

    Yes, you can, but all of the same issues raised above should be taken into consideration. Remember, if you have been academically disqualified, taking courses CR/NC will not improve your GPA.

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  17. If I take a course CR/NC, will it impact my financial aid?

    Taking a course CR/NC will NOT impact the receipt of financial aid for most students. It should be noted that if you earn a NC then it can affect your “Satisfactory Academic Progress” which can affect your financial aid in the future. If you have questions about how choosing CR/NC might impact your financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

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  18. What if I receive a CR grade, and in a future semester I decide to repeat the class for a letter grade - can I?

    Normally, you are not able to repeat a course in which you have a passing grade, but for any course taken during spring 2020 for CR, you will be able to repeat the course for a letter grade. Units earned for a repeated course in spring 2020 will be excluded from the 16-semester unit maximum for grade forgiveness.

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  19. Will students receiving veteran’s benefits be able to change to CR/NC for Spring 2020 and still have their classes paid for if they receive a NC?

    Although VA does not typically make payments for classes resulting in non-punitive (i.e. NC in a CR/NC class) grades, if COVID-19 is reported as mitigating circumstances for the student’s receipt of a non-punitive grade, VA will pay for the class. NOTE: VA has not changed its policy regarding non-punitive grade rules, but has allowed this exception as long as it is noted in the student certification that the NC was due to COVID-19. If you have further questions contact your VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office at registrar@csuci.edu. For ease of reporting, if you earn a NC in a course this semester, please notify your VA Certifying Official.

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  20. I am an international student. Can I take a course for CR/NC?

    Yes, you can take a course for CR/NC. International students in F-1 status must complete at least 12 units/semester if they are an undergraduate and 9 units/semester if they are a graduate student in order to maintain their immigration status. As a result, the student will need to earn CR for those required units by either earning a CR or a letter grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-. Further, an unauthorized withdrawal (WU) grade adversely affects immigration status. The regulations are complex so for help understanding what is sufficient, please contact you international student advisor at international@csuci.edu.

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  21. What if I make a mistake and my choice of CR/NC ends up causing a problem like keeping me from graduating, causing me to not pass a prerequisite, or negatively affecting my F-1 visa status?

    If you switched to CR/NC during the self-service period and need to revert back to a letter grade after grades have been posted, please submit the Request to Change Grading Basis form to the Registrar’s Office no later than June 9, 2020. Please be aware that there may be a delay in updating your transcript as the Registrar’s Office will need to work with your faculty to obtain the letter grade.

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  22. Can I change my letter grade to CR/NC after grades have been posted for Spring 2020?

    Yes, you can complete the Request to Change Grading Basis form to the Registrar’s Office no later than June 9, 2020. Your letter grade will then be converted to a CR or NC grade.

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  23. Should I take an Incomplete grade in a course instead of choosing CR/NC?

    Students can discuss an incomplete grade with their instructor. An incomplete grade is useful if a student has completed a substantial portion of the course and is passing the course, but is unable to complete the course requirements within the academic term. A student has up to one year to complete their work, though there should be a date agreed upon by the student and the instructor in an Incomplete Contract.

    If you elect to take an incomplete grade for a course, do not re-enroll in the course, but instead work with the instructor to complete the remaining elements of the course. When the work has been completed, the instructor will assign a final grade.

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  24. What courses cannot be taken for CR/NC?

    Applied Physics majors cannot take the following courses for CR/NC:

    • PHYS 301 Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS 304 Electromagnetism
    • PHYS 306 Modern Physics

    Nursing majors cannot take the following courses for CR/NC:

    • NRS 200 Introduction to Profession Nursing
    • NRS 220 Nursing Care of Adults: Acute & Chronic I
    • NRS 222 Nursing Care of Adults: Acute & Chronic II
    • NRS 230 Mother Infants and Women
    • NRS 232 Pediatrics & Children
    • NRS 240 Psychiatric and Mental Health
    • NRS 303 Pharmacology I
    • NRS 304 Pharmacology II
    • NRS 306 Pathophysiology
    • NRS 350 Nursing Research
    • NRS 420 Nursing Care of the Complex Adult Patient
    • NRS 452 Community Health
    • NRS 460 Leadership & Professional Studies

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    25. What is the difference between a W grade and a NC grade?

    A W indicates that a student withdrew from a course after the third week of instruction. It carries no connotation of quality of student performance and is not used in calculating grade point average or progress units. NC reflects the equivalent of any grade lower than a "C-" for undergraduate courses (for graduate and professional studies students, the rule used to assign a grade of NC will vary between programs). The NC grade is not used in calculating grade point average or progress points. It should be noted that both the W grade and NC grade may affect your "Satisfactory Academic Progress" which can affect your financial aid in the future. If you have questions about how receiving a NC or withdrawing from a course might impact your financial aid, please contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

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FAQ for Graduate Students

  1. What grades do I need to earn credit in a graduate course?

    For graduate and professional studies students, the rule used to assign a grade of Credit and a grade of No Credit will vary between programs. Students are encouraged to speak with their program advisor or program director for further guidance.

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  2. How will the CR/NC option impact my GPA?

    While letter grades are factored into the calculation of the GPA, CR/NC grades are not. For graduate students, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required to graduate and some programs may have other specific grade requirements. Students are encouraged to speak with the program advisor or program director on whether the CR/NC option is advisable in your situation.

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  3. Can I still request to drop a class or withdraw from the entire semester?

    Yes, you can withdraw from any class as late as May 29th. You will need to fill out the Drop Form (PDF, 713kb) if you are dropping a single class or a Term Withdrawal form if dropping all classes. Submit completed forms to registrar@csuci.edu. You will not need instructor or chair approval, nor will you need to submit documentation. Please talk with your program advisor or program director before submitting a request to withdraw from a class or from all classes.

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