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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Repeat Policy

The following Campus Repeat Policy applies to ALL courses that may not be repeated for additional credit.       

1.    The following students are required to follow the repeat policy effective Fall 1990:            

a.   All new freshmen who began at University of Maryland, College Park Fall 1990 and after.    

b.   Transfer students from schools other than Maryland community colleges who began at University of Maryland, College Park, Fall 1990 and after. This includes transfer students from another University of Maryland institution.      

2.    There is a limit to the number of times a student may repeat a course. Students may have one repeat of any course in which they earned an A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F, P, S, W, NG or Audit; they cannot be registered (after the schedule adjustment period) for any given course more than twice. A student’s deans office may grant an exception allowing an additional course repeat. In this case, students must present a plan for successfully completing the course. All attempts will be counted toward the total limit for repeatable credits.           

Note: Students may not choose the Pass-Fail option when re-registering for a course or re-register for a course in which a grade of "I" has been noted.      

3.  Students may repeat no more than 18 credits. Additionally, if a student withdraws from all courses during a semester, those courses are not included in this limit.      

4.  The grade point average will include all attempts at a given course that result in a grade of A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, or F. However, to help freshmen and transfer students adjust to the University of Maryland, College Park, the following two exceptions allow for the cumulative GPA to be calculated so that only the higher grade is included:             

a. When the repeated course was taken within the students first semester at University of Maryland, College Park, or            

b. When the repeated course was taken within the students first 24 credit hours attempted (including transfer credits) or within the semester during which the student reached the 24th credit hour attempted. Advanced Placement Exam credits do not count toward the 24 credit count.

5. Any grade earned in prior attempts of a repeated course will appear on the student's transcript, regardless of whether the grade is dropped from, or included in, the cumulative grade point average.      

6. Repeat by transfer: If a student repeats by transfer a course that was taken before or during the semester in which the student reached 24 credits attempted (including transfer credits) and the transfer grade is higher, then the original grade in the course will be excluded from the GPA calculation.  

a. If the course was taken after the semester in which the student reached 24 credits attempted, the original grade remains in the GPA calculation.

Repeat Policy Prior to Fall 1990:

The following students follow the previous repeat policy:

  • Students who began at University of Maryland, College Park, before the Fall 1990 semester (including students who enter University of Maryland, College Park for summer 1990).
  • Transfer students who began at a Maryland community college before Fall 1990.
  • UMBC College of Engineering students who began before 1990.

The highest grade received in the repeated course is used to calculate the GPA. A student may repeat any course; however no student may be registered for a course more than three times.

If a student repeats a course in which he or she has already earned a mark of A, B, C, D, P, or S, the subsequent attempt shall not increase the total hours earned toward the degree. Only the highest mark will be used in computation of the student's cumulative average. Under unusual circumstances, the student's dean may grant an exception to this policy.

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