Repeating Courses

Certain courses at the University of Oregon designated "repeatable" may be repeated for credit. To determine whether or not a given course is repeatable for credit, consult the Class Schedule or the UO Catalog.

UO Policy on Repeating Courses [Revised Effective Fall 2016]

  1. Undergraduate students may not register, without prior approval by the Academic Requirements Committee (ARC)/Office of the Registrar, for non-repeatable courses in which they are currently enrolled or for which they have already earned a C or a Pass (P/P*) or better at UO or from a transferring institution.
  2. Students may register, without prior approval by the ARC/Office of the Registrar, for a non-repeatable course for which they have already earned a C- or below or a No Pass at UO or from a transferring institution.
  3. All grades for all courses taken at UO appear on both the official and unofficial transcript and are included in the Term GPA calculation. Only the second graded attempt of the repeated course (taken fall 2016 or later) is calculated into the Cumulative GPA. Credit for non-repeatable courses is given only once.
  4. Some courses are repeatable for credit if the content of the course differs from that of a previous offering of the course (e.g., Topics courses) or may be repeated for credit for a limited number of credits or a limited number of times. If a course is approved by the Committee on Courses to be repeatable for credit, the description of the course as published within the UO Catalog will state the restrictions for repeating the course. All grades and credits earned in repeatable courses are calculated in both the Term and Cumulative GPAs, up to the prescribed limits.
  5. Repeated courses are annotated on the transcript as either being “REPEATED, INCLUDED IN GPA” or “REPEATED, EXCLUDED FROM GPA.”
  6. Students receiving federal financial aid should remember that failed coursework is calculated in the overall financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) review each year, and a student is required to meet SAP standards to remain eligible for financial aid. The SAP is calculated differently than the UO GPA and the UO Academic Standing.

Frequently Asked Questions About the University of Oregon Repeat Policy

Note: The new UO Repeat Policy is effective Fall 2016.

Registration Questions

I'm attempting to register for a course in DuckWeb, but I get a message saying this is a non-repeatable course. I haven't taken this class at the UO, so why can't I register?

In addition to preventing a student from registering for a repeated course, DuckWeb will also block registration under the following circumstances:

  • You transferred in an equivalent course from another college/university.
  • You successfully completed a UO course that has significant curriculum overlap as determined by the faculty (e.g. Math 243 and Math 425, or EC 311 and FIN 311).
  • You have AP or IB scores that are the equivalent to the course you are attempting to take.
  • You are currently registered for the course in another term.

The Office of the Registrar can verify if course or test score overlap is preventing you from registering.

I am a graduate student. How does this policy affect me?

The Repeat Policy pertains to undergraduate-level courses only and therefore will only apply to you if you attempt to retake an undergraduate course (numbered 499 or lower). For questions about repeating a graduate-level course, contact the Graduate School.

I'm currently enrolled in a class, but there is a chance I won't pass. Can I register for the course next term now to hold a seat?

No. The DuckWeb registration system will block you from registering from a class if you are currently registered in the same class. However, after grades are posted, if you receive an N, N*, or C- or below in the class, you will be able to add the course if seats are available.

How can I tell if a course is repeatable?

If a course is approved by the Committee on Courses to be repeatable for credit, the description of the course as published within the UO Catalog will state the restrictions for repeating the course. Additionally, course repeatability can be found in three registration-related sites:

  • Schedule Builder. When adding a course, the course description box includes repeatability information.
  • Class Schedule. Click on a course CRN; if the course is repeatable, the information will be displayed directly underneath the course number and title.
  • DuckWeb Registration system. After logging in to DuckWeb and selecting the registration term, when searching for classes, click on a CRN; if the course is repeatable, the information will be displayed directly underneath the course number and title.

I'm struggling with a particular course and have taken it twice, and both times I received an F. Can I repeat the course one more time?

Yes. You can repeat the course until you receive a P, P* or a C or better. However, only the grade from the second attempt will be calculated in your cumulative GPA. For example, if you receive a C on your third attempt, you will receive academic credit for the course, but your C grade will not be included in your cumulative GPA.

Also, if you are a financial aid recipient, please note that failed coursework is calculated in the overall financial aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) review each year, and a student is required to meet SAP standards to remain eligible for financial aid. The SAP is calculated differently than the UO GPA and the UO Academic Standing. Please contact the financial aid office for questions regarding SAP.

I need to repeat a class to meet my major requirements. How can I obtain permission to do this?

The Office of the Registrar can assist you with the petition process.

Will I be allowed to register for a course if I received an incomplete in a prior term?

DuckWeb will prevent you from registering for a course if you have an incomplete in the same course. You must work with your instructor (without repeating or sitting in the course) to complete the required work and your final grade will be recorded in the term that you registered for the course. Exceptions may be possible for incompletes given prior to 2005 which are permanently recorded on your transcript. The Office of the Registrar can assist you with the petition process.

I transferred a class to the UO, and it is equivalent to a UO course on my transfer evaluation. Can I register for the same course at the UO?

Transfer classes are subject to the Repeat Policy, so your ability to repeat the course will depend on the grade you earned. If you transfer a class to the UO with a P, C or higher, you cannot register for it again at the UO. If you received an N, N*, or C- or below for the transfer class, you will be able to register for the course. Please note: transfer course grades are not included in your UO term or cumulative GPA.

I want to retake a class at another institution that I already passed at the UO with a P, P*, or C or higher, then transfer that class back to the UO. Can I do that?

No. Although nothing would prevent you from taking classes elsewhere, the UO will not give you credit for the course when you submit your official transcript. Please note: transfer course grades are not included in your UO term or cumulative GPA.

I want to retake a class at another institution that I completed at the UO with N, N*, or C- or lower, then transfer that class back to the UO. Can I do that?

Yes. Students are allowed to repeat classes for credit, if they did not previously pass the same class with a P, P*, or C or higher. Please note: transfer course grades are not included in your UO term or cumulative GPA.

I received an X grade for a course and I need this course to graduate. Can I repeat this course?

You will not be permitted to register for this course via DuckWeb. You will need to contact your instructor to determine why you did not receive a final grade. Once your final grade is entered, you would be allowed to repeat the course only if the grade earned is an N, N*, or C- or lower.

Grade Point Average Questions

I'm repeating a class in the fall. Will my original grade from last spring be replaced or removed?

No. For all terms prior to Fall 2016, all grades for all courses taken at UO appear on both the official and unofficial transcript and are included in the Term and Cumulative GPA calculation. Your cumulative GPA will never be retroactively recalculated under this new policy for terms prior to Fall 2016.

If I withdraw from a class and receive a W, and then I repeat and successfully complete the course in a future term, will the W be removed from my record?

No. The UO will not remove marks (W, Y, X,) from a student's record under the new repeat policy. The W will remain on your transcript and is not calculated in your GPA.

If I receive a D in a class, and then I repeat the class and earn a P, will the D grade be deducted from my GPA?

No. P/P*/N/N* are marks not grades. A mark received on the second attempt will not replace the grade from the first attempt for GPA purposes. Here's an example:

  • 1st attempt, grade earned = C- or below
  • 2nd attempt (no repeat petition required) mark earned = P. This mark does not replace the grade from the first attempt.
  • 3rd attempt (attempt only available by an approved petition), grade earned= C-. This grade will replace the grade from the first attempt. All grades and marks remain on the transcript, however, the first attempt grade is excluded from the cumulative GPA calculation.

If I receive a D on my first attempt, an N on my second attempt and then a B on my third attempt, which grade will count in the GPA?

  • 1st attempt D grade will not be included in cum GPA and credit will be removed.
  • 2nd attempt N mark will not be included in cum/term GPA and no credit will be awarded.
  • 3rd attempt B grade included in cum/term GPA and credit is included in total credits earned.

If I pass the class with a P, P*, or C or higher at the UO and take it again at another college and get a better grade, will this count toward my UO GPA and credit?

No, once the course is passed at the UO, students may not receive credit from another institution for the same course. Additionally, transfer course grades are not included in your UO term or cumulative GPA.

If I receive an N, N*, or C- or lower in a UO course and retake the course at another institution, will that replace UO credits and GPA?

The UO credit will be replaced with the transfer course credit, however, the grade from the UO course will still be included in your term and cumulative GPA. Transfer courses are not used to calculate UO GPA. However, UO Departments may use grades earned in transfer course to determine a student's admissibility or suitability to continue in a program.

If I receive an N, N*, or C- or lower in a UO course and retake the course at another institution and pass that course, will I be able to retake the course at the UO?

No, once you earn a P, P*, or C or higher in a course, whether it be at the UO or another institution, you may not repeat the course.

If I receive a C at the UO and then retake the course that is required for my major at another institution, can I petition to allow the better grade to count for my major and remove the UO grade from the UO GPA?

No. Courses are subject to the policy regardless of what requirement a student is using them to complete. A decision to allow an exception to major requirements could be made by the department offering that major, but this would not change whether or not courses count in UO GPA.

Can I see the repeat course policy, as written by UO faculty?

Yes. See: UO Course Repeat Policy.

The following two examples show the progression and changes to a student's transcript as a course is repeated.

Example #1: All course attempts occurred after Repeat Policy was revised in Fall 2016

Attempt Term Grade / Mark Term GPA Cum GPA Credits
First Attempt Math 111 Fall 2016 D Yes Yes Yes
Second Attempt Math 111 Fall 2016 D Yes Yes Yes
Winter 2017 W n/a n/a n/a
Third Attempt Math 111 Fall 2016 D Yes No No
Winter 2017 W n/a n/a n/a
Spring 2017 C- Yes Yes Yes
Fourth Attempt Math 111 Fall 2016 D Yes No No
Winter 2017 W n/a n/a n/a
Spring 2017 C- Yes Yes No
Fall 2017 B Yes No Yes

Notes:

  • Students will only receive academic credit once
  • Credit will be given for the most recent attempt if passing grade

Example #2: First course attempt occurred before the Repeat Policy was revised in Fall 2016

Attempt Term Grade / Mark Term GPA Cum GPA Credits
First Attempt Econ 201 Spring 2016 D Yes Yes Yes
Second Attempt Econ 201 Spring 2016 D Yes Yes No
Fall 2016 D Yes Yes Yes
Third Attempt Econ 201 Spring 2016 D Yes Yes No
Fall 2016 D Yes No No
Winter 2017 C- Yes Yes Yes

Notes:

  • First attempt from Spring 2016, Cum GPA remains untouched (all grades prior to Fall 2016 are not subject to this policy)
  • Third attempt is included in cumulative GPA as this is the second graded attempt AFTER the policy took effect
  • Student still has option to repeat the course. Future attempt(s) will not be included in the cumulative GPA