Continuing Students FAQ

Calculating GPA

Each letter grade is equivalent to a certain number of “quality points.” To find out how letter grades determine quality points, visit Calculating GPA.

How to order a transcript

Visit Transcripts to see how you can order either an official transcript or an unofficial transcript, depending on what you need.

If I repeat a class at SPU, will the old grade be removed from my transcript?

SPU courses can be repeated only once, unless the course is specifically listed as being repeatable. While both grades earned will continue to show on the transcript, the highest grade earned will apply to both the GPA for graduation and for honors at graduation.

Dean's List or quarterly honors

Quarterly honors are awarded to undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students in good standing who have completed at least 12 credits of work in the given quarter and attained a 3.5 or higher grade point average.

Students who have earned any of the following grades will not qualify for honors: E, NC, I, or N. However, once the temporary grade of “N” or “I” has been replaced by the grade earned, honors may be awarded to qualified students.

Graduation honors

Graduation Honors Baccalaureate degrees will be conferred with honors for undergraduate students based on the following criteria:

  • The student must have completed 75 quarter hours in residence with junior and senior standing at SPU.
  • Honors are based on the SPU GPA only.
  • All courses taken at SPU (except ESL and other courses numbered below 1000) are included in the GPA for honors and must meet the minimum grade point average required for the honor.

Honors for post-baccalaureate students require the minimum GPA in the entire work necessary for the degree, including the 45 credits required in residence at SPU.

More information can be found in the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Honor GPA

  • Cum Laude: 3.50-3.74
  • Magna Cum Laude: 3.75-3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude: 3.90-4.00

Students must meet the graduation application deadlines to have honors appear in the Commencement program. Graduation honors are computed for the Commencement program on the basis of work completed through Winter Quarter for Spring Quarter graduates.

Students who complete degrees during Summer Session(s) are not eligible for recognition until completion of all degree requirements. Their honors do not appear in the Commencement program, and they are not eligible to wear honor cords during the Commencement ceremony.

The President’s Citation

The President’s Citation is awarded each year to a graduating senior who has demonstrated distinguished academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program. To be eligible for this award:

  • The student must have taken all of his or her university work at SPU.
  • The student must have adhered consistently to the ideals of the University.
  • The president will make the selection.

Alpha Kappa Sigma

Undergraduate students who have earned 90 credits at SPU and who are in the top 10 percent of the graduating class are eligible for election to the honor society Alpha Kappa Sigma.

This honor society has chapters in all the colleges of SPU’s sponsoring denomination. During their senior year, candidates are recommended by an academic policies committee and elected by vote of the faculty.


The Ivy Honorary, a chapter of National Mortarboard Inc., selects students for membership at the end of their junior year who has distinguished themselves through scholarship, leadership, and service. Other SPU honoraries include:

  • Centurions (men’s service honorary)
  • Falconettes (women’ service honorary)
  • Order of the S (athletics)
  • Sigma Beta Delta (business)
  • Pi Kappa Delta (speech)
  • Alpha Psi Omega (drama)
  • Mu Phi Epsilon (music)
  • Lambda Iota Tau (English)
  • Servant Scholar of the Year (Student Life)

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

SPU seniors elected to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities each year are graduates who will graduate from SPU with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above, uphold the ideals of SPU, and demonstrate leadership in co-curricular activities. Candidates are recommended during their senior year by the faculty.

Enrollment Status

For complete information on a student’s enrollment status for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students, visit Enrollment Status.

What is my student class status?

To learn how matriculated (admitted) students' class status is classified at the beginning of each quarter, visit Class Standing.

Additional Questions?

Visit the SAS office in Demaray Hall 151 or call 206-281-2031.

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