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Repeated Courses and GPA Adjustments: Undergraduate Students


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


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; the division of Nursing within the College of Nursing and Health Professions has different requirements for repeated coursework. Students are encouraged to consult with their academic advisor as well as review the nursing student handbook regarding specific requirements. 

Undergraduate Students - Repeated Courses and GPA Adjustment

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 three times to earn a higher grade. Upon successful completion of the course, the lower letter grade(s) will not no longer be factored removed in 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 202115 forward and meet the conditions and terms of the policy.
  • A student may not seek a repeat with GPA adjustment for a course taken after degree conferral.
  • A student may repeat a course with GPA adjustment up to three (3) times for a specific course. 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. Repeating a single course three times will count toward the overall ten course limit.
  • The original occurrence of the course may not have a grade of INC, W, or CR/NCR. A course with an incomplete grade (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.


Undergraduate students.

Guidelines Applicable Only to Undergraduate Students

    • All occurrences of course enrollment and associated grades will remain on the student's academic record and their official transcript.
    • In accordance with the guidelines established above and once a repeated grade is completed, the course's lowest previous occurrence(s) is noted on the official transcript, and the grade points and credits attempted are removed from the student's GPA calculations for that respective term. The highest grade earned will be factored into the student's term and cumulative GPAs.
    • Once a course is considered passed, credit is assigned. Credit will be assigned only once per course in satisfying respective degree requirements.
    • Repeating a course could impact a student's ability to receive financial aid. More information can be found on Drexel's Satisfactory Academic Progress website. Students should consult with Drexel Central to determine the impact of course repeats on their financial aid eligibility.
    • Students who receive VA benefits should consult with Drexel Central and the Office of Veterans' Affairs to determine the impact of course repeats on their eligibility for benefits. Please note, the rules governing eligibility for federal financial aid may differ from this academic policy. Students are encouraged to connect with Drexel Central for additional guidance regarding financial aid and repeating courses. Specifically, students should pay close attention to Drexel's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
    • Students are strongly encouraged to consult their academic advisor for any academic-related concerns, and Drexel Central for any financial aid related concerns, prior to repeating any course or requesting a GPA adjustment.