Repeating courses

  1. What are the rules on repeating courses?
  1. When a student successfully repeats a course that they failed the first time, how should the school and the student report the two courses?
  1. May a student who receives a C in an "a-g" course in the ninth grade repeat the course in the 10th grade and try for a higher grade?
  1. If a student admitted to UC receives a D or and F in an "a-g" class in the second semester of senior year, can they make up the class the summer after graduation?
  1. Could a high school student take trig analysis (an advanced math class) during the summer at a college/university, and then take it again at the high school?
  1. If a high school student took Spanish 2 and then took Honors Spanish 2, how would UC evaluate the courses?
  1. If a high school student received two D’s in AP Chemistry, then completed regular chemistry and earned A’s, will the A grades replace the D’s?
  1. A student took Geometry in 10th grade and received a D in the 1st semester and a B in the 2nd semester. Can the student repeat the 1st semester grade?
  1. For transfer students: If a college/university student completes a 4-unit course and earns a D and then repeats the course at a different college/university, this time offered at 3 units, and gets a C or higher, does UC award 3 units of C and one unit of D?
  1. If a course that serves as a repeat of a D or F grade, or would validate language other than English or mathematics, is in progress or planned for the current academic year (i.e., senior year), does that count toward the minimum 11 "a-g" required courses?

 

What are the rules on repeating courses?

For freshman applicants, a grade of C or better is required to meet a subject requirement. D and F grades are not acceptable and must be cleared by repeating a class, completing advanced work in the same subject area of sequential knowledge (math or language other than English) or attaining certain minimum scores on SAT, AP or IB examinations (see Options for Satisfying UC's "A-G" Subject Requirements for Freshman Applicants [PDF]).

There is no limit to the number of courses applicants may repeat. The University of California does not accept pass/fail grades for freshman admission.

If a student repeats a course used to satisfy the "a-g" requirements in which they originally earned a grade of C or higher, the repeated grade will not be used in calculating the GPA.

For transfer applicants, a course may be repeated if the student received a grade of D or F. UC does not limit the number of times a transfer student may repeat a course in which they earned a D or F. A student may not retake a course at a community college to raise a grade received at a UC campus. UC courses in which a D or F was received may be repeated only at a UC campus.

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When a student successfully repeats a course that they failed the first time, how should the school and the student report the two courses?

The student must self-report the grades for both courses on the application, and the University will determine which course and grade will be used in the GPA calculation. Schools should follow their own or their district's policy in recording grades.

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May a student who receives a C in an "a-g" course in the ninth grade repeat the course in the 10th grade and try for a higher grade?

No. A student may only repeat a course in which a D or an F was earned. In this case, if the student repeated the course and earned an A or a B, the higher grade would not be counted.

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If a student admitted to UC receives a D or and F in an "a-g" class in the second semester of senior year, can they make up the class the summer after graduation?

No. An admitted student whose academic achievement has dropped in senior year should immediately contact the admissions office of the campus to which he or she was admitted and let them know. The admissions office at the campus can then best advise the student about his or her options.

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Could a high school student take trig analysis (an advanced math class) during the summer at a college/university, and then take it again at the high school?

If the student earns a grade of C or better in the summer college course, that grade will be used by UC in the student's evaluation; a second grade would be ignored.

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If a high school student took Spanish 2 and then took Honors Spanish 2, how would UC evaluate the courses?

Assuming the student passed Spanish 2 with a grade of C or better, the Honors Spanish 2 course would be considered an unnecessary repeat and would not be counted.

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If a high school student received two D’s in AP Chemistry, then completed regular chemistry and earned A’s, will the A grades replace the D’s?

Because the student didn't repeat the same course, the D’s they received in AP Chemistry will be calculated in their GPA, along with the grades they received in the regular course.

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A student took Geometry in 10th grade and received a D in the 1st semester and a B in the 2nd semester. Can the student repeat the 1st semester grade?

Yes, however the passing grade in the second semester of Geometry validates the first semester grade deficiency. Repeating the first semester is not necessary to meet the subject requirement, but repeating the first semester would increase the student’s GPA.

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For transfer students: If a college/university student completes a 4-unit course and earns a D and then repeats the course at a different college/university, this time offered at 3 units, and gets a C or higher, does UC award 3 units of C and one unit of D?

In determining eligibility, UC would use only the course in which the student got a C. During the selection process, however, campuses may apply locally determined rules and might include one unit of D in the calculation of the student's GPA.

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If a course that serves as a repeat of a D or F grade, or would validate language other than English or mathematics, is in progress or planned for the current academic year (i.e., senior year), does that count toward the minimum 11 "a-g" required courses?

No. In order to be meet the minimum requirements for freshman admission consideration, the student must have successfully completed 11 or more of UC's "a-g" subject requirements with grades of C or higher prior to the beginning of 12th grade/last year of secondary school.

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