Repeat Notations

General Information

This section of the Internal Transcript Guide is designed to assist the user in understanding UC Davis repeat policy. Undergraduate students are permitted to repeat and replace up to 16 units. Graduate students are permitted to repeat and replace up to 9 units. When a course is repeated, it will be notated as either being "REPEATED, INCLUDED IN GPA" or "REPEATED, EXCLUDED FROM GPA." Repeated course units that are excluded in a student’s GPA will be removed from the number of units attempted; the balance points will also be removed.  Courses that are repeated illegally are noted with the comment, "REPEATED, NO CREDIT" (see below for more information). 

Campus Rules Regarding Repeats

  • If an undergraduate student repeats a course after already repeating 16 units (9 for a graduate student), both the old and new grades will be included in the student's GPA.
  • If a student repeats a course and the units for this course partially exceed the repeat limit, both the old and new grades will be included in the student's GPA.
  • Undergraduate students may only repeat a course for which they have received a D, F or NP. Graduate students may only repeat a course for which they have received a C, D, F or U.
  • If a course is a letter-graded course but is taken as P/NP, it may be repeated as either P/NP or for a letter grade.
  • If a course is letter-graded and taken for a letter-grade, it may only be repeated for a letter grade.
  • Retroactively changing (lowering) a grade so a course can be repeated IS NOT ALLOWED. Students will sometimes ask for this if they earn a C- (or similarly low but passing grade) and wish to replace it with a better grade. The Grade Change Committee has determined that such a change would violate DD Regulation A540(C) and routinely denies such requests.
  • Effective Fall 2010, students wishing to repeat Math 16ABC, 17ABC, and 21ABC, may do so only by retaking the same course (unless otherwise specified in the General Catalog).

Second Repeats

Students must receive prior approval before repeating a course for the second time (note: repeating a course for the second time means taking the course for the third time). A course may only be repeated a second time if the second repeat has been approved by the College Dean's office. The approval comments for such repeats are noted in the comments section at the end of the transcript.

Sample Comment 1:

CHE 002A, Winter 2006, 2nd repeat approved by Dean's Office, 21-Feb 2007

Sample Comment 2:

UWP 001, Winter 2005, is a repeat of UWP 001, Winter 2004, approved by Dean's office 13-Dec-2006

Illegal Repeats

If a student repeats a course illegally -- such as if they repeat a course in which they received a C- or better (B- or better for a graduate student), if they repeat a course for the second time without getting Dean's permission, or if they repeat a course in which they have a pending Incomplete grade -- they will not receive credit. On the internal transcripts, illegally repeated classes show a grade of "NC"; on the official transcript the awarded grade appears but the units are reduced to zero. On both the internal and official transcripts, there is also a comment below the class which states, "REPEAT - NO CREDIT." Illegally repeated classes are not factored into a student's GPA calculations.

NOTE: As of Fall 2012 students will no longer be permitted to enroll in a course that would be an illegal repeat without prior approval by their college dean's office.