Grades Matter

In order to graduate from CSUN, you will need to earn at least a "C" average in certain areas. A "C" average on a 4-point scale translates into a 2.0 average. If you do not meet these grade point minimums you may not be eligible to graduate, even if you have completed all other requirements of the degree. The areas you must earn a “C” average in are the following:

  • CSUN GPA (all units attempted at CSUN)
  • Cumulative GPA (all units attempted at CSUN plus all units transferred in)
  • Upper Division Major GPA (all upper division courses used to complete the major)
  • Upper Division Minor GPA (all upper division courses used to complete the minor) (if applicable)

What is Academic Notice (aka probation)?

When your cumulative or CSUN grade point average drops below 2.0 you will be placed on Academic Notice. You will stay on Academic Notice as long as your grade point average is below 2.0 or until you are Disqualified. Academic Notice serves as an academic warning that you have a serious problem beginning to develop in your studies. As long as you are on Academic Notice, you will be limited to no more than 13 units of enrollment per semester.

What is Disqualification?

Disqualification is academic dismissal from the university and this dismissal may be permanent. Undergraduate students on Academic Notice will be disqualified when:

  • Freshman (0 – 29 units earned) CSUN or Cum GPA falls below 1.50
  • Sophomore (30 – 59 units earned) CSUN or Cum GPA falls below 1.70
  • Junior (60 – 89 units earned) CSUN or Cum GPA falls below 1.85
  • Senior (90 or more units earned) CSUN or Cum GPA falls below 1.95

Grades, Grade Points and GPA

For every letter grade you earn, there are a corresponding number of grade points that are added into your totals. The following chart can be used to determine the number of grade points awarded for each letter grade. 

Grade Point Chart
UnitsLetter GradeGrade Points

For courses that are worth more than 1 unit, multiply the number of units awarded for the course by the number of grade points from above. Your GPA is calculated by dividing the total number grade points earned by the total number of units attempted (all courses in which you received a letter grade (A – F). GPA = grade points divided by units attempted. 

Calculating New GPA

To calculate how a particular course will change the GPA: start with the number of grade points you have already earned (Gpts). Then add to this the number of grade points you expect to earn for the new course (new Gpts). Add the new units attempted (new UA) to the units you have already attempted (UA) and then do the division.New GPA = Gpts + new Gpts divided by UA + new UA

GPA Calculator

   This page enables a student to calculate their GPA using the grades they expect to receive (Exp Grade) in the current semester. This calculator is for informational purposes only and its accuracy with a student's actual GPA is not guaranteed. Students are encouraged to review their records periodically with their adviser. To use this calculator, you will need a set of current unofficial transcripts showing your current Units Attempted (UA), current Grade Points Earned (Gpts), and current course enrollment information (course name, number, and units).

* Please note, this calculator will not give accurate results if the student is currently enrolled in a repeated course.
Course Name & Number (ex.JOUR 100) UnitsExp Grade 
Cur UACur Gpts

Cur GPA: New GPA: Semester GPA: