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 below.

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 respective college to attempt a course for credit more than twice. A student must obtain his or her adviser’s approval before repeating any course previously passed with a C- or better. No approval shall be given when:

  • The student wishes to repeat a course in which a grade of A or B has already been earned
  • The student wishes to repeat a lower division course that they have passed with a grade of C- or better after having successfully completed an advanced course dealing with the same subject matte
  • The student wishes to repeat a lower level course that they have passed with a C- or better which is a prerequisite for an advanced course that they had already successfully completed; or,
  • A student wishes to take an introductory course after they have successfully completed an advanced course dealing with similar material.

Students should 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.

Undergraduate students may be allowed as many attempts as are appropriate in the departmental curriculum for courses that:

  • Are titled seminar, special problems, special topics, independent study or research, and
  • Cover topics different from those studied when the courses were taken previously.

Unless a course satisfies one 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.

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.

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. Excluded courses and hours will continue to be counted in calculations of satisfactory progress for financial aid eligibility and for tuition surcharge.

Effects

  • 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.

Eligibility

  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. Grade exclusions cannot be applied to courses in which the student was found to have committed academic misconduct.

Procedures

Grade exclusions can be applied via a self-service tool in MyPack Portal. Students can learn more about Grade Exclusions by visiting the Student Services Center website.