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Repeating Courses


An undergraduate student is permitted to repeat a maximum of 6 courses. Restrictions apply based on original grade earned, delivery mode and course type. Please see below:

  • Only 6 of the hours or 2 courses, whichever comes first, in which a grade of “C” or above has been earned, may be repeated. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Office of the Registrar when a course has been repeated.
  • A failing grade may not be removed by WKU On Demand.
  • A student may not repeat by proficiency testing a course which has been previously taken or failed at WKU or another accredited institution.
  • Credit for a course in which a grade of “F” has been received can be earned only by repeating the course at WKU unless prior approval is given by the head of the department in which the course was taken.
  • A course in which a grade of “D” has been received may be repeated at another accredited institution.
  • A student may attempt a single course no more than three times.

Multiple Repeats of the Same Course and GPA Calculation

  • If a course is repeated, the better of the two grades will be counted
  • If the course is repeated a second time both the second and the third grades will be used in computing the grade point average. The grade received for each attempt will continue to appear on the student’s academic record. No more than three attempts are allowed for a single course.

Filing an Appeal

The Committee on Credits and Graduation has the responsibility for hearing appeals from students regarding the application of these regulations. Instructions for filing an appeal are available here.

An appeal for special permission to repeat a course in the major or minor beyond the third attempt will be considered only upon the recommendation of the head of the department involved and then only if special consideration is needed to raise the average in that subject to the minimum required.

Students seeking special consideration to repeat a course beyond the third attempt in the general education requirements and in free electives must first consult with the Registrar of the University. If after this conference an appeal is deemed appropriate, the Committee on Credits and Graduation will consider the student’s request.

Additional information may be found here.

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 Last Modified 8/28/19