Credits and Grades
Work accomplished by students is usually recognized in terms of credit hours, grades, grade points, and grade point averages.
Minimum credit requirements for baccalaureate degrees are set by each college or school. Students must have a minimum of a C average (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Some colleges, schools, and degree programs have higher requirements. Students should check with their college or school adviser.
Credit hours (or credits) for course work are determined on a semester or semester-equivalent basis for work satisfactorily accomplished. Credit hours granted for specific courses are listed in this Catalog and in the Schedule of Classes published each semester.
Grades awarded are A, B, C, D, F, CR (credit), NC (no credit), I (incomplete), and L (audit). A grade of A indicates excellent achievement, B above average, C average, D minimal passing, and F failure.
A grade of I is given to a student who has not completed a small but important part of a semester's work if the instructor believes that the incomplete was caused by conditions beyond the student's control. Each student receiving a grade of I should consult his or her instructor promptly to determine the steps to be taken and the deadline to complete the course work for changing the grade of I to a final grade. The designated November and April deadlines (see the "Calendar") refer to the dates by which instructors must report adjusted grades. Student deadlines for completing their course work must be adjusted accordingly.
An instructor recording a grade of I on the final grade sheet will also record the grade that will replace the I if the work is not made up by the deadline; that grade is computed on the basis of what grades or other evidence the instructor does have, averaged together with Fs or zeros for all incomplete work (including the final examination, if it has not been taken). If the work is completed prior to the deadline, the instructor will report a change of grade, taking the completed work into consideration. If the instructor does not submit a grade to replace the incomplete, the grade of I will be replaced by an F or an NC (as appropriate) as of the April or November deadline. All grades of I must be cleared by a student's college prior to graduation.
Credit/No Credit Option
Certain courses may be designated as mandatory CR/NC. In addition to any such mandatory CR/NC courses, no more than 40 credit hours of CR may be counted toward the degree. Neither CR nor NC is computed in the grade point average. The CR/NC option must be exercised during the registration period. The CR/NC option is limited to elective courses; this option is not allowed for any course taken to fulfill a University, college, school, or department nonelective requirement, with the exception of those courses offered for mandatory CR/NC.
Students entering as undergraduates are not given grade points for work done outside UH Manoa.
Grade point averages (GPA) are determined by dividing the total number of grade points by the total number of credit hours for which a student has received letter grades (excluding I, NC, CR, W, or L).
The semester GPA is calculated on any one semester's credits and grade points. The cumulative GPA is calculated on all such work taken at UH Manoa.
Repeating Passed Courses
Repeating Failed Courses
Graduate Credit for Seniors
Students should direct any questions about the applicability of this policy to the student academic services office of their college or school.
Excess Credit Policy
Unless an extension has been granted by the college's or school's student services dean, students may be put on probation if they have taken 24 credit hours beyond those required for graduation but still have not completed their specific program requirements.