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Course Repeat – Student Checklist

Step One

Students must prepare a written success plan that includes:
  • Personal Statement: Students must prepare a personal statement that demonstrates a commitment to passing the repeated course if permission is granted. The statement must also acknowledge the reason that the student is in a position to repeat a course for a third time and must convey the types of changes that will be made in order to be successful.
  • Time Management Plan: Students must prepare a statement that discusses their time-management plan. The statement must show adequate time for schedule of classes, study and tutoring, extracurricular activities, and any work responsibilities.
  • Alternate Academic Plan: Students must prepare a statement that discusses an alternative academic plan in the event that they fail to successfully complete or pass the repeated course if permission is granted.

Need support preparing a success plan? Contact the Academic Success Center to schedule an Academic Success Meeting: https://lrc.umbc.edu/academic-success-meeting/

Step Two

Students must meet with their academic advisor:
  • Students must meet with their academic advisor to discuss the written success plan and to verify that a course repeat is an appropriate option.
  • Students who are pursuing a Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Computer Science major must consult with the Undergraduate Program Director (UPD).

At the conclusion of the meeting, the academic advisor/UPD must submit a recommendation email to undergraduatepetitions@umbc.edu.

Step Three

For purposes of a third and final attempt, students are required to secure tutoring support through a formal resource at UMBC such as:

To secure tutoring support students must submit a Tutoring Request Form here.

In the event that formal tutoring support is not available at UMBC for a particular course [or] the request is to repeat the course at another institution, an alternate tutoring arrangement can be made.

Step Four

Students must submit an online course repeat petition form:

Upon completion of all steps listed above students must submit an online course repeat petition form to be considered for a third and final attempt. The online course repeat petition form is available at: Form Button