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Credit / No Credit Grading




Summer/Fall 2020

On June 2, 2020, the Academic Senate passed "Resolution on Suspending Credit/No Credit Grading Restrictions for Fall Quarter 2020 in Response to COVID-19" (AS-902-20).


For additional information on the CR/NC policy for Fall 2020, visit the Office of the Registrar's webpage here:

  • Deadline for Fall 2020:  Tuesday November 24, 2020 — Last day to change CR/NC option via Student Center (11:59 p.m.). Students should speak with an advisor to see how CR/NC will effect their record before changing their grading option. More information can be found here:

For general information on this and other matters related to Cal Poly's response to the coronavirus, visit the "Frequently Asked Questions" webpage here:


The standard Credit/No Credit policy can be found in the section that follows.


Students are permitted to take a maximum of 16 units of courses credit/no credit (CR/NC) with the following specifications:

  • no more than 4 units CR/NC in major or support courses, subject to approval by the student's major department or equivalent unit;
  • no more than 4 units CR/NC in General Education courses.

Undergraduate students are given a grade of CR for accomplishment equivalent to a grade of C- or better. NC is given for D+ or lower grades. Graduate students are given a grade of CR for accomplishment equivalent to a grade of B- or better. NC is given for C+ or lower grades.

The applicant for a CR/NC grade must have at least a 2.0 Cal Poly grade point average. This requirement is waived for first-time students. Classes taken CR/NC have to effect on GPA.

This policy pertains to courses that are normally graded, not to CR/NC-only courses. No more than two courses may be selected for Credit/No Credit grading in any term.


Source: AS-479-97/CC "Resolution on Credit / No Credit Grading" (pdf)

In the Catalog: This policy is also included here in the Cal Poly Catalog, which may also include certain procedural considerations.

Last Updated: May 8, 2020

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