Satisfactory Scholarship: An undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree is expected to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better in all work at San Francisco State University. To be eligible for a baccalaureate degree, a student must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 (C) in: (1) all courses taken at San Francisco State University, (2) all courses taken at the college or university level, and (3) all courses in their major.


Each semester the university recognizes undergraduate students who have attained high scholastic achievement. The following criteria are used:


Honors are granted with the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science. For students who entered the university beginning Fall 1996, honors are based on the cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the time of graduation (across all units attempted, whether in residence or transferred from other institutions). The level of honors granted is determined by the grade point average earned in all university and college work attempted according to the following scale:

Note: in the calculation of honors, GPA is not rounded up and is based on the actual student GPA.

A preliminary honors list is compiled based on all work completed excluding the last semester. Those meeting honors requirements on this basis are designated on the commencement program as “candidates for honors.” The final honors list is compiled at the time of final clearance for graduation and is based on all course work completed.


Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest honor society in the United States, maintains a chapter at San Francisco State University. Known as Omicron of California, the chapter grants membership, by invitation only, to students in their senior year. Requirements for membership as established by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Washington, D.C., and by the campus chapter are:

An interested student who meets these minimum qualifications should contact his/her adviser for possible nomination for membership in the society.

The selection process starts at the beginning of the fall semester of each year. Transcripts are reviewed and a final vote on all candidates is made by the entire Chapter no later than spring. Once this vote is taken, it is impossible to elect any more new members until the following spring. New members who accept the invitation to membership are initiated at a formal ceremony, and attendance at the ceremony is required. Persons graduated at the end of fall semester may be considered for election during the spring semester immediately following graduation. Persons graduated earlier than one semester preceding the spring election process will generally not be considered for membership.

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