Registrar's Office

Repeat Policy FAQs - Beginning Fall 2017

Does the repeat policy replace grades on my transcript?

No. All final grades will appear on official and unofficial transcripts.

How will repeating a class affect my grade point average?

Some courses are approved to be repeated for credit. Such approval is included with the course description in the Repeating a Course in the University Catalog.

A student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) will only reflect the most recent course taken, unless taken 2+ times prior to fall 2017.

See Repeat Course Examples.

Contact the Registrar's Office for specific questions on how the repeat policy may impact you.

Will repeating a course improve my grade point average for acceptance into a major?

Certain academic departments calculate all grades earned in courses taken when calculating the grade point average required for acceptance into a major. Contact the academic department to determine the criteria for acceptance into the major.

I have previously passed a course, but I want to improve my GPA, why can’t I register?

Students wishing to repeat a class in which they already received a P, S, or C- or better grade may not register for the class until Phase III of registration. Students, in this circumstance, who register for a repeated course prior to Phase III may be required to drop the course by the academic department or the Registrar’s Office.

Please note: A course cannot be repeated to change the student’s grade point average after a baccalaureate degree has been awarded.

How many times can I repeat a course that I have already passed?

Students may only repeat a previously passed course once.

Can I repeat a course after I’ve already received my degree?

A course cannot be repeated to change the student’s grade point average after a baccalaureate degree has been awarded.

How can I tell if a course is repeatable for credit?

The description of the course published in the University Catalog states if the course is repeatable for credit.

I transferred a course equivalent to a Western course on my transfer equivalency report. Can I register for the same course at Western?

The repeat policy applies to transfer courses. The same registration rules regarding repeated courses apply to transfer courses.

Please note: Transfer course grades are not included in your WWU cumulative GPA.

Will repeating a course impact my Financial Aid?

Course repeats have the potential to reduce your financial aid eligibility. Contact the Financial Aid Office for details.

I am currently enrolled in a course I may not pass. Can I register for the course for next term now to hold a seat?

The registration system will block you from registering for a class you are currently registered in. Contact the Registrar's Office for necessary overrides involving courses that may not be passed.


EXAMPLE :  Undergraduate student repeating a course.






First Attempt Math 112

Spring 2017




Second Attempt Math 112

Spring 2017




Fall 2017





More Repeat Course Examples