The university has defined Academic Regulations to guide students, faculty, and advisors. Refer to these regulations often. Here we address some of regulations we regularly receive questions about, but this does not address every academic regulation.

Exams, Attendance, Repeated Courses, & more… (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

When in doubt, refer to the Academic Regulations to determine if there are existing rules to help guide you.

Grades, Honor Roll, and Academic Standing (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

Learn about the OSU grading system, GPA calculation process, and academic standing rules.

Guidance on Placing Holds

Holds serve a particular function. This provides guidance on when a hold may be implemented.

Institutional Degree Requirements (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

In addition to college and major requirements the university has defined university level requirements that must be met in order for a bacclaureate degree to be awarded.

Registration Regulations (for Students) (for Faculty/Staff)

There are policies and procedures for all registration procedures. Refer to the Registration Regulations section of this site for more information.

Exams, Repeated Courses, & More


Learn more about the rules governing Finals Week by reading Academic Regulation 16.

Any student that wishes to pursue an exam for credit or waiver should familiarize themselves with the rules. Academic Regulation 23 provides the rules for Special Examination for Credit, while Academic Regulation 24 addresses the Special Examination for Waiver requirements. To request an exam for credit or waiver they must carefully read and follow all instructions to complete the Examination for Credit or Waiver form. The completed petition is returned to the Office of the Registrar.

Repeated Courses

Students who are considering repeating a course for any reason should consult Academic Regulation 20 to learn how their academic record will be effected. You may also view our Repeated Courses video, which includes examples of how repeat rules are applied in certain common situations.

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Grades, Honor Roll, & Academic Standing


Instructors may consider attendance in the calculation of students’ grades. Refer to Academic Regulation 14 for more details.


Academic Regulations 17–19 describe the OSU grading system. The available grades and their associated point values are explained. Here you can also learn about the alternative grading system and the rules associated with these systems.

Honor Roll

As stated in Academic Regulation 21 each term a list is published containing the names of students that completed at least 12 graded credits hours with a 3.5 or higher GPA. OSU News and Research Communications sends the Honor Roll to newspapers each term. Term-by-term honor rolls are posted OSU Honor Roll by Term.

First-Year Experience Academic Standing and Advising

First-year students at Corvallis Campus (Cascades Campus and Ecampus students are excluded) that encounter academic difficulty during their first year at Oregon State University will be provided additional guidance from Academic Advisors in their respective college. This guidance is to help students transition to the requirements of the Oregon State University academic standards. Students in Academic Warning or Academic Probation within their first year will receive a registration hold placed on their account. The hold can be removed after meeting with an advisor in their respective college and developing a personalized plan for improving their academic success.

Academic Standing

Students are expected to maintain the satisfactory academic progress standards set out in Academic Regulation 22. There are four possible academic standing statuses.

  1. Good Standing – Students with a term and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above.
  2. Academic Warning – Students with a term GPA below 2.0.
  3. Academic Probation – Students who have attempted1 24 or more credits at OSU and have an OSU cumulative GPA below 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation. Students who attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better are removed from Academic Probation.
  4. Academic Suspension – Students on Academic Probation who have a subsequent term GPA below 2.0.
    • Suspended students are denied all privileges of the university including living in any university-recognized living groups.
    • Suspended students will be reinstated after 2 years OR after completing 24 transferable quarter credits with a GPA of 2.50 or higher for these credits.
    • The Academic Standing Committee addresses requests for exception to Academic Regulation 22.
  5. Reinstatement to the University: Suspended students will be considered for reinstatement to the university after two years or completion of a minimum of 24 quarter credits of transferable college-level work at an accredited college or university, with a GPA of 2.5 or above.

    The Faculty Senate Committee on Academic Standing is charged with the responsibility for enforcement of the above regulations on Satisfactory Academic Standing. Additionally, this committee has discretionary authority to grant exceptions and to develop guidelines for the administration of these regulations.

    1 An attempt comprises a final grade in a course where the grade is: A, A–, B+, B, B–, C+, C, C–, D+, D, D–, F, S, U, P, NP, I/Alternate Grade (where the Alternate Grade is one of these grades), W, or Y.

  6. Academic Fresh Start Policy

    Students may petition once with the Registrar to exclude OSU courses from the calculation of institutional requirements, credits, and grade-point average, under the conditions defined in Academic Regulation 31 (Academic Fresh Start Policy).

Guidance on Placing Holds

The primary intent of placing registration, grades, and/or transcript holds is to provide students with information regarding relatively specific circumstances that require the student to resolve an issue with the office that entered the hold.

The OtR practice is to use the holds to prompt students to take administrative or academic required actions. Holds are only placed when it is considered the most effective path to prompt the required action.

Due to their restrictive nature, registration holds are used only in those instances when continued registration would harm either the student or the institution. These holds are used as a last resort after all other efforts to prompt action by the student failed.

Institutional Degree Requirements

To receive a degree you must meet institutional, college, and departmental requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
How do I track my progress to my degree?

Maintaining regular contact with your academic advisor is key to ensuring you are making progress towards earning your degree. The university also provides online tools for students to track their degree requirements. Login to MyOSU and under My Student Stuff choose the MyDegrees link to check your degree progress.

Institutional Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees (Academic Regulation 25)

The institutional requirements for baccalaureate degrees are described in Academic Regulation 25. In addition to institutional requirements, students also must meet college and departmental requirements for a baccalaureate degree.


Requests for substitutions should be submitted to the appropriate authority as stated in Academic Regulation 28.


Academic Regulation 29 states attendance at graduation exercises is optional and attending students are responsible for declaring whether or not they will attend commencement. For further details, visit the Graduation section of this website.

Concurrent/Subsequent Baccalaureate Degrees or Credentials

Academic regulations 26 and 27 govern the requirements for the awarding of additional baccalaureate degrees or credentials.

Registration Regulations

There are academic regulations to help guide students considering making changes to their registration. You may also consult the student registration section of this website for detailed procedural information.