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Course Repeat Petition


Students may not register for a course more than two times. Students are considered registered for a course if they are enrolled after the end of the schedule adjustment period. Students may petition the Academic Success Center for a third and final attempt of a course taken at UMBC [or] another institution. An attempt is defined as enrollment in a UMBC course (or its equivalent at another institution) in which the student has received a grade or an official withdrawal noted on the transcript.

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Course Repeat Checklist
Online Petition Form


Things to consider BEFORE submitting a course repeat petition:
  • Course repeat petitions MUST be on file and complete three weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the course repeat is requested. To meet this deadline and reduce the risk of class sections filling/closing before the petition is considered, students should prepare early such that adequate time is available to complete the Course Repeat – Student Checklist.
  • Courses that have been added to students’ schedules, prior to the start of the semester, are subject to review. Unapproved course repeats classes may be removed and/or will not be calculated towards a student’s graduation requirements.
  • In general, students are not permitted to take any other repeats at the same time when a third and final attempt of a course is involved. This includes courses taken for a second or third attempt unless there is a recommendation otherwise on file from an academic advisor/Undergraduate Program Director. If the academic advisor/Undergraduate Program Director deems that more than one course repeat in a given semester is warranted then consideration will be given when the review is conducted.
  • For fall/spring course repeat petitions, the overall course load may not exceed 16 credits. For summer/winter sessions, the repeated course should be the only course planned given the fast pace of the condensed sessions.
  • Students who have a cumulative GPA that is below a 2.0, should explore options other than a course repeat petition. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA are generally encouraged to focus on classes where they are most likely to succeed.
  • Grades from the most current semester must be on file before a course repeat decision will be made for the next available semester. Also, any decisions regarding academic probation, suspension or dismissal must be final before the course repeat decision will be rendered. Students who are suspended may not be considered for a course repeat petition.
  • Grades earned in past course repeat attempts (second or third attempts) will be considered when reviewing any future course repeat petitions.
  • When repeating a class for a third and final attempt, students should plan to take the class at UMBC. Only under exceptional circumstances will a course repeat be considered for another institution. If the advisor determines that there is an exceptional circumstance, then a Verification of Transferability (VOT) must be signed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office before a course repeat decision will be made: Verification of Transferability (VOT).