Retaking a Course

You are allowed to retake a course that you received a failing grade in: F, WF (from a late withdrawal), or XF (from a late drop). You will need to contact the Registrar's Office prior to registering for the course that you intend to retake so that they may enter an override into the registration system for you. Both the failing grade and the new grade will appear on your transcripts. Unless you use the old F-Forgiveness option or the new Course Exclusion option, both grades will be used in calculating your cumulative GPA.

Starting in Fall 2011, you must earn a grade of C or better in your Writing course in order to satisfy the Writing requirement. If you earn a C- or lower you will be required to retake the Writing course. This does not count toward the limit of one passed course that may be retaken. It may, however, affect your financial aid. See the section on financial aid below.

You are allowed to retake a course that you received a passing grade in and that you have applied the Course Exclusion option to. Grades from both attempts will appear on your transcript, but only the second grade will be used to calculate your cumulative GPA. This does not count toward the limit of one passed course that may be retaken.

Under special circumstances you may be allowed to retake one course that you earned a passing grade in and that you have not applied the Course Exclusion option to. See Retaking a Passed Course for details.

Course Expectations When Retaking a Course

You should expect to be required to produce an entirely new portfolio of work for a retaken course. It is considered plagiarism to turn in a paper or revision of a paper that was submitted for a grade in a previous course without prior approval from your instructor.

Financial Aid

Federal regulations allow a student to receive federal aid for one repeat of a previously passed (any grade higher than an F) course. Any one of the following three actions would count as the one allowed repeat under those regulations.

It is a good idea to discuss any potential plans for repeating a previously passed course with a counselor in the Financial Planning Office.


Revised: 07/29/13