Repeat Policy

Op3.04-40 Repeat Policy

A student may repeat any of the courses that he or she has taken at Missouri State University. All attempts at the course and the grades earned (including those resulting in a W, I, and Z) appear on the transcript. The grade from the most recent attempt at the course, including the repeat of a Pass/Not Pass grade with a standard letter grade, (though not a W, I, or Z) will be the one that counts in GPA calculations. For example, if a student takes the course four times and gets a P, B, C, and W, in that order, then the C would be their official grade that would be used when calculating the student’s grade point average. Also, a course that has been repeated will only be counted once in the student’s total credit hours earned.

This policy applies to course repeat attempts taken fall 2009 and subsequent semesters. When the most recent repeat attempt was taken prior to fall 2009, the policy published in the 2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog will be applied.

The repeat policy is applicable to transfer credit as well as credit earned at Missouri State. For example, if a student earns a C in a course at Missouri State and repeats an equivalent course at another institution, the C will be removed from the calculation of the Missouri State GPA. The transfer grade, however, will be included only in the transfer and combined grade point averages. See Grade Equivalencies in the “Transfer Credit Policy” section of the catalog for further information.

Students should also be aware that even though a course prefix, number, and/or title changes, it is still considered the same course for repeat policy purposes. The Office of the Registrar maintains the complete listing of course prefix and number changes and should be contacted for such questions.

Students should also be aware that many graduate and professional schools recalculate GPAs taking into account every grade that appears on a transcript.

Students who are receiving financial aid must consider the impact of repeating classes on their eligibility for financial aid for future semesters. While repeated courses are counted when determining a student’s enrollment status and annual satisfactory progress, students who fail to progress toward graduation (i.e., by increasing total hours earned) may exhaust their aid eligibility prior to graduation.