Repeating a course

Repeating a course means taking a course with the same course number as one you've already completed. You can also repeat a course by taking one that is "equivalent" to one you've already taken. Equivalent courses are listed in course descriptions in the class schedule.

How will it affect my...
Transcript All grades will appear on your transcript permanently.
GPA Only the most recent grade will contribute to your GPA.
Credit Hours Only credits from the most recent course will contribute to your total credits.
Program Completion Only the most recent course can be used toward your degree or certificate.
Financial Aid Financial aid can be used to repeat a course as many times as needed to earn a passing grade of D or higher. Once a passing grade is earned, financial aid will pay for one repeat. No more repeats will be given even if you fail this final attempt.
Veterans Education Benefits Once a course has been successfully completed, it will not be certified again for veterans benefits.  If you fail a class, veterans benefits can be used to repeat a course once. The course must fulfill an unmet graduation requirement.
Examples:
  • ART115 Basic Design will only count toward your total credits once.
  • ART131A and ART131B are both called Drawing I, but they have different course numbers. If you took both, you would not be repeating classes.
  • PE186F Jazz Dance and D150 Jazz Dance are equivalent courses. If you took both, you would be repeating the class.

In rare cases, you can repeat a course for credit (for example, co-op courses). If you exceed the limit of allowed repeats, the oldest grade and credit will be excluded from your GPA and credit totals. Contact your program to plan repeatable classes.

Taking a "mutually exclusive" course

Mutually exclusive courses have content that is very similar to a different course.  Students who have taken one course would be repeating material if they take the other. Mutually exclusive courses are listed in course descriptions in the class schedule.

How will it affect my...
Transcript All grades will appear on your transcript permanently.
GPA Grades from both classes will contribute to your GPA.
Credit Hours Credits from both classes will contribute to your total credits.
Program Completion Only one of the mutually exclusive courses can be can be used toward your degree or certificate.
Financial Aid Financial aid cannot be used to take a course that is mutually exclusive with a course you've already successfully completed. 
Veterans Education Benefits Veterans benefits cannot be used to take a course that is mutually exclusive with a course you've already successfully completed. 
Example:
  • WR 121 English Composition and WR 121H English Composition: Honors are mutually exclusive courses.

Repeating a class to improve your GPA

A plus!

Important things to consider when deciding to repeat a class:

  • Only the most recent grade earned will count towards your GPA.
  • If you get a lower grade, you can make your GPA worse!
  • All grades earned will appear on your transcript.
  • The repeat policy does not apply to transfer credit.
  • If you passed the class previously, but fail the second try, you will have earned no credits!
  • If a course can be repeated for credit (e.g. co-op courses), all grades factor in your GPA. If you exceed the limit of allowed repeats, then the oldest grade will not count towards your GPA.

See the previous repeat policy

Repeat policy prior to Summer 2011: Courses with grades of D, F, NP, I, or CIP and CIPR could be repeated for a higher grade. All of the grades you earned would appear on your transcript. The first earned grade of C, P, or better would count in your credit total. The first grade of C or better would be used for the GPA calculation.