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Repeating Courses

Course Repeat Policy

Students who repeat a course, regardless of the grade previously made, will have both grades counted in their cumulative grade point average. An exception is the Grade Exclusion Policy as described in the section following this one.

  • Undergraduate students may be allowed as many semester hours as are appropriate in the departmental curriculum for courses that are titled seminar, special topics, independent study or research (usually numbered 490-499 or 590-599) and cover topics different from those studied when the courses were taken previously. Unless a course satisfies one or the other of the above conditions, the semester hours will be counted only once toward the number of hours required for graduation even though students repeat and pass the course both times.
  • With the exception of seminar, special topics, independent research courses as described in the above bullet, the advisor’s approval is required for students to repeat any course previously passed with a C- or better; no approval can be given for a grade of A or B. Nor will it be given when: students wish to repeat a lower division course that they have passed with a grade of C- or better after having successfully completed; students wish to take an introductory course after they have successfully completed an advanced course dealing with similar material.
    Undergraduate students may repeat a course for credit once without permission if the previous attempt was completed with a grade of D+ or less. Students must have permission from the Dean of their college to attempt a course for credit more than twice.
  • Students must not register again for any courses in which they have IN grades; such registration does not remove IN grades; and the completion of the course on the second occasion will automatically result in an F for the uncompleted course.

For the most current information regarding this regulation, please view the full regulation.

Undergraduate Grade Exclusion

The undergraduate grade exclusion policy is one of forgiveness that helps NC State undergraduate students maintain good academic standing. Undergraduate students may select up to two NC State courses with posted letter grades of C- or below to be excluded from calculation of their cumulative grade point average.  Unsuccessful audits or credit-only attempts are not eligible for exclusion.

Once a grade exclusion is applied to a course, the grade points and the credit hours attempted and earned on the course will be removed from the calculation of the cumulative grade point average and from the calculation of the total hours attempted. The course title and grade for the course will be shown on the official transcript with a notation to indicate the grade was excluded from the computation of the cumulative grade point average.


  • Grade exclusions will result in a recalculation of academic standing. Use of a grade exclusion does not retroactively change the status of the student’s semester academic honors or result in a refund of tuition or fees.
  • Students should be aware that many graduate and professional schools recalculate grade point averages in the process of considering an applicant for admission to such programs. This recalculation may include restoring the grades and cumulative grade point average effects of courses to which a grade exclusion has been applied.


  1. Undergraduate students may select up to two NC State courses with posted letter grades of C- or below to be excluded from calculation of their cumulative grade point average. Unsuccessful audits or credit-only attempts are not eligible for exclusion.
  2. Grades excluded under previous university regulations (such as First Year Course Repeat or Course Repeat Without Penalty) count toward the maximum two courses allowed for exclusion.
  3. Grade exclusions must be posted prior to a student applying for graduation. Grade exclusions cannot be invoked after a baccalaureate degree has been conferred upon the student by NC State.
  4. Once a grade exclusion is posted, the student cannot remove the exclusion or change it to another course at a later date.
  5. Excluded courses cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  6. Grade exclusions cannot be applied to courses in which the student was found to have committed academic misconduct.


Grade exclusions can be applied via a self-service tool in MyPack Portal. Students can learn how to apply Grade Exclusions by viewing a tutorial online.