Repeated Courses and Your GPA

When you repeat a course, the second attempt and all subsequent attempts are used in calculating your GPA. The first attempt still appears on your transcript, but it is not used in calculating GPA. However, all other attempts are.

Please be aware of the following: 

  • Transfer courses. Any transfer work posted before Summer 2015 and after Summer 2019 is applied to the Overall and Overall Combined GPA. From the Summer 2015 semester to the Summer 2019 semester, the University's repeat policy changed with regard to courses transferred to UofM: such courses were not used in calculating GPA.
  • Your final attempt. The last grade earned for a course "stands": it is always used in calculating your GPA, even if the grade is lower than a previous attempt's. For example, if you earn a D in ENGL 1010 on your first attempt, but an F on your second attempt, the F replaces the D in GPA calculation even though the D is a higher grade.

    Furthermore, the last attempt can determine whether or not you meet a degree requirement. If you earn a C on your first attempt of ENGL 1010, but an F on your second attempt, not only does the F replace the C in GPA calculation, but it affects your English requirement as well. Because the F was the last grade earned and ENGL 1010 requires a C as the minimum passing grade, you would have to retake the course since the F is now your standing grade for this required course.
  • Credit. As a rule, you can receive credit hours for a course only one time. For example, if you take a 3-hour course 3 times and pass it twice, you will receive only 3 hours credit, not 6. (Some courses are exceptions to this rule, but these are noted in the course description sections of the catalogs.)

ENGL 1010 / 1020 Attempts and Repeats

Students who have ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1020 transfer work or test scores under review / in progress for UofM credit posting, and who are advised to take ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1020 and score a grade of D or lower in a later attempt, may petition with the Registrar's Office to have the later attempt excluded. Additionally, students who were advised at the former institution and had a situation similar with ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1020 prior to transfer may also petition. The latter attempts of ENGL 1010 or ENGL must have occurred within three years of the AP score test date if the AP score is to be considered.

An email can be sent to the Registrar’s Office to review the circumstances. If approved, the Registrar's Office will update the repeats to reflect the earlier attempt as the official, final grade. This will allow students to be able to progress with courses that may require ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1020 as a pre-requisite and count the satisfactory attempt(s) towards graduation requirements.