Grades are used to determine academic standing. Academic Standing status is determined at the completion of the fall and spring semesters. Undergraduate students with a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) or higher are said to be in good academic standing.
Undergraduate students with a SF State and/or combined cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 are not in good academic standing and will be placed on academic probation (Academic Senate Policy S17-275).
At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, students on academic probation will have an academic probation hold placed on their record preventing registration for the following semester. These students will also receive an email from the Registrar’s Office notifying them that they are on academic probation and that they must complete the hold clearance process to allow registration for the following semester. Students who are undeclared should work with the Undergraduate Advising Center or the Educational Opportunity Program (if participating in that program) to complete the hold clearance process. Students who have declared a major should visit their major department or their College Resource Center to complete this process.
Undergraduate students who are on academic probation are able to enroll in a maximum of 13 units per semester while their GPA is below a 2.0 (Academic Senate Policy F02-223).
Subject to Disqualification and Disqualification
Undergraduate students on academic probation or subject to disqualification are academically disqualified before the start of the subsequent fall or spring semester if their term GPA is less than a 2.0 and their SF State and/or combined cumulative GPA fall below the thresholds listed below:
- As a freshman (fewer than 30 units completed), their SF State and/or combined cumulative GPA is below 1.50.*
- As a sophomore (30-59 units completed), their SF State and/or combined cumulative GPA is below 1.70.
- As a junior (60-89 units completed), their SF State and/or combined cumulative GPA is below 1.85.
- As a senior (90 or more units completed), their SF State and/or combined cumulative GPA is below 1.95.
*Freshmen (with fewer than 30 units) will be placed on subject to disqualification status and are allowed an additional (third) semester at SF State before a term GPA less than 2.0 and a SF State or combined cumulative GPA of below 1.50 will result in academic disqualification.
Regardless of the term GPA, all undergraduate students whose SF State and combined cumulative GPAs stay above the thresholds listed above will also be allowed to continue at SF State and will remain in a subject to disqualification status.
All undergraduate students on probation who earn a term GPA of 2.0 or higher or stay above the thresholds listed above will not be disqualified. Instead, they will be placed on subject to disqualification status and allowed an additional semester at SF State. They must also adhere to the same academic probation hold clearance procedures and unit limit policies as stated above.
For the purposes of academic probation and disqualification, class standing is determined by a student’s total units earned as reflected on the SF State transcript. This total includes transfer coursework and Advanced Placement credit.
Returning After Disqualification
Students who are academically disqualified should schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Undergraduate Advising Center to discuss possible steps they could take to return to SF State. Typically students who have been academically disqualified from San Francisco State University must raise their SF State and all college GPAs to a 2.0 or higher in order to be reinstated or readmitted to SF State. To eliminate an academic deficiency (GPA below 2.0) at SF State, students must complete coursework in Open University through the College of Extended Learning. To raise the all college GPA, coursework may be completed at any accredited college. Students who raise their GPA(s) to a 2.0 or higher within one year may apply to be reinstated (reinstatement form) to SF State through the Registrar’s Office. Students who require more than two semesters to raise their GPA(s) to 2.0 or higher must apply for admission to the University.