Repeating a Course

Last update: January 2017

Scope of Policy & Rationale

Undergraduate students may repeat a course to earn a higher grade; only the highest grade earned will be used in calculating the grade point average. Undergraduate students will not be permitted to repeat a course more than twice.

Definitions

The term "repeat" is applied when a student retakes a course. Except for courses designated to be taken multiple times, such as independent study, research, or other courses, credit for a given course will be granted only once.

Policy Statement

All students are permitted to repeat a course one time. Students who need to repeat a course a second time must obtain the approval of the dean/designee of their home school or college and be registered with assistance. No students may repeat a course a third time.

Students who need this approval must contact the Academic Advising Center.

If a course was taken previously with a standard grading option, it cannot be repeated with a credit/no credit grading option. Students are responsible for ensuring registration carries the appropriate grading option. All occurrences of a course where a grade is earned, including withdrawals (W) and withdrawals excused (WE), appear on the transcript, but only the highest grade earned is used in calculating the grade point average. Since credits are awarded only once for a course, repeats can affect athletic eligibility, academic standing and financial aid status.

All course withdrawals, with the exception of "withdrawal with approved excuse (WE)" are included in the course repeat count (see Withdrawal from Courses).

First repeat:
Undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor prior to registration to discuss academic and financial implications.
Second repeat:
Undergraduate students must obtain the approval of the dean/designee of their home school or college and be registered with assistance. Contact the Academic Advising Center.

If in the allotted number of repeats, undergraduate students are unable to successfully complete the following university requirements and/or courses required as a result of placement exams (including their course equivalencies), they will be required to meet with their advisor prior to registering for any further classes:

  • English 0701 / 0711, Introduction to Academic Discourse
  • English 0802 / 0812 / 0902, Analytical Reading and Writing
  • Math 0701 Elementary Algebra
  • IH 0851 / 0951, Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I
  • IH 0852 / 0952, Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II
  • Students unable to successfully complete courses that are required for their majors or school/college requirements in the allotted number of repeats must meet with their academic advisors to discuss alternate graduation plans.
  • Students who have exhausted course attempts for course(s) required for their major will be required to change majors.
  • If the selected new major does not require the course in question, it is possible that the new major may be in the same school or college.
  • Students who have exhausted allowable course attempts in course(s) required for their degree program (school/college requirements) will be required to transfer internally (IUT) within the university from their current school or college to a school or college degree program that does not require the course in question.

Following the awarding of a degree, no changes in the grade point average will be made, even through the repeat process.