Repeated Courses and GPA Adjustments: Undergraduate Students

Update: An updated version of this policy has been approved as of April 15, 2024 and will go into effect Fall 2024-2025 going forward. The updated policy will be posted in late July 2024. The updated policy removes certain limiting criteria around use of the GPA adjustment option, including that students may enroll in a specific course up to three times and repeat a maximum of 10 courses. There will be no cap on the number of courses that undergraduate students may repeat using the GPA adjustment option beginning Fall Quarter 2024-2025.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 1, 2008
REVISION DATE: September 1, 2021
SUPERSEDES: Course Repeat: Undergraduate Students

I. Purpose and Application

This policy specifies how students may repeat courses and the process by which an undergraduate student's Grade Point Average (GPA) is adjusted based on repeated courses.

II. Scope

This policy applies to undergraduate students at the University.

III. Implementation

Implementation of this policy is the responsibility of the Office of University Registrar. For inquiries regarding this policy, please contact Office of University Registrar,

IV. Statement of Policy and Procedure


Students may repeat courses at Drexel University consistent with this policy. The University computes a single, unified grade point average (GPA) for all courses taken at the University that appear on an official transcript. This policy sets the University requirements for Undergraduate repeated coursework. It is important to note that the division of Nursing within the College of Nursing and Health Professions has different requirements for repeated coursework. Because these requirements may vary by program, all students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor as well as review the nursing student handbook regarding specific requirements.


When an undergraduate student repeats a course, only the earned highest grade will be factored into the term and cumulative grade point averages. A student can repeat a course with an earned grade of C- or lower up to two additional times. Upon successful completion of the course, the lower letter grade(s) will no longer be factored into term and cumulative GPA calculations.

Undergraduate students who wish to repeat courses using the GPA adjustment option may do so under the following conditions:

  • This policy applies only to courses taken at Drexel University
  • This policy does not apply to courses which are designed to be taken multiple times, such as an independent study, research, or special topics.
  • The earliest attempt resulted in a grade of "C-" or lower. The latest attempt(s) must be taken effective fall quarter of 2021-2022 forward and meet the terms and conditions of the policy.
  • A student may not seek a repeat with GPA adjustment for a course taken after degree conferral.
  • A student may enroll in a specific course up to three (3) times using the GPA adjustment. The two lowest grades will not be factored into the GPA. However, if the student takes a single course four or more times, all additional occurrences beyond the third occurrence will be factored into their GPA, without the option of a higher GPA adjustment for these additional occurrences.
  • A student may not exceed ten repeated courses utilizing the GPA adjustment option. Each additional time a single course is repeated it will count toward the overall ten course limit.
  • The original occurrence of the course may not have a grade of Incomplete (INC), Withdraw (W), or Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR). A course with an INC must be completed before any future repeat attempts can be made.
  • A student's grade in the original course may not be a result of academic misconduct as documented through the Office of Student Conduct.

V. Keywords and Definitions

Credit/No Credit (CR/NCR)
Grade Point Average (GPA): an indication of a student's academic achievement at a college or university, calculated as the total number of grade points received over a given period divided by the total number of credits awarded
Incomplete Grade (INC)
Withdraw (W)

VI. Related Policies, Forms and Resources

A. Related Policies
Credit/No Credit Policy
Course Withdrawal
Grade Appeals
Grades Policy
Statue of Limitations for Grade or Transcript Changes Policy (Grade Changes Policy)


B. Forms and Resources

VII. Policy History

Revision Date: September 16, 2016

Revision Date: September 1, 2021