Grades & Transcripts


Students receive letter grades (A-F) for academic credit courses unless the course is audited or taken for credit/no credit CR/NC. Some academic courses are available for letter grade only, others for CR/NC only. In a course where CR/NC grading is optional, students must indicate the desire to be graded on a CR/NC basis on the SF State Gateway website. This must be done by the deadline published in Calendar & Deadlines. Students may not change from letter-graded to CR/NC status or vice versa after the deadline.

CEU courses are graded on a credit/no credit basis and appear on SF State transcripts when students earn a grade of credit. Grade reports and transcripts are not available for noncredit courses. Grade availability dates are listed in Calendar & Deadlines. Grades are available online through the SF State Gateway


Students wishing to audit a course must register and pay the same fees as students enrolled for credit. An auditor may be required by the instructor to participate in any or all classroom activities. Auditors may not obtain credit by examination for audited classes or repeat audited classes for credit at a later date.

To request an audit status, students should complete an SF State Extended Learning audit request form, obtain instructor's signature, and submit the form to SF State Extended Learning by the deadline published in Calendar & Deadlines.

Students may not change from audit to credit status after the second week of instruction. Only students enrolled in academic credit courses can audit a class.


At the initiation of the student or the instructor, an incomplete grade (I) may be assigned by the instructor when the student is unable to complete the course requirements within the official period of the course. An incomplete must be made up within one calendar year from the end of the course or the grade of "I" will be automatically changed to a failing grade for academic unit courses. For CEU courses, if an incomplete is not made up within one year, the course is deleted from the student's record.


Official transcripts are available from the SF State Registrar. Transcript availability dates are listed in Calendar & Deadlines. Check the Registrar's Office Transcripts page, for instructions on how to request a transcript. The fee for transcripts is $8 per copy. If the transcript is to show the results of the current semester's work, the request should specify "Hold for Grades."

Unofficial transcripts and grades are available online by accessing student’s SF State Gateway account after the semester ends.


Students may withdraw from courses that earn academic credit (units) after the Drop Deadline and receive grades of "W" by following the guidelines on the Registrar's Office Dropping and Withdrawing page. Do not put a stop payment on a check or credit card charge to drop or withdraw from a course. This results in a financial obligation to SF State for the course fee, plus an additional $20 charge. Failure to withdraw officially from a course generates a failing grade of "F" or "WU." If you do not see the option in your Student Center to submit a withdrawal request and/or you are enrolled in one of in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, please fill out the Withdrawal petition (PDF) and email the completed form to


Fall 2020 Exempt Classes

Class Number Subject Catalog Section
11159 ACCT 831 01Z
11032 BUS 499 01Z
11072 CSC 309 01Z
11334 CSC 699 02Z
11033 EDUC 499 01Z
11034 ETHS 499 01Z
11035 HSS 499 01Z
11036 LCA 499 01Z
11158 MGMT 848 01Z
11037 SCI 499 01Z
11040 EDUC 501 01Z
11041 EDUC 502 01Z
11042 EDUC 503 01Z
11043 EDUC 504 01Z
11044 EDUC 505 01Z
11047 EDUC 507 01Z
11048 EDUC 508 01Z
11049 EDUC 509 01Z
11050 EDUC 511 01Z
11051 EDUC 512 01Z
11052 EDUC 513 01Z
11053 EDUC 514 01Z
11054 EDUC 515 01Z

Spring 2021 Exempt Classes

Class Number Subject Catalog Section