Undergraduate Course Repeat and Course Forgiveness

You may repeat a course and have only the new grade calculated into your grade point average. Even though the old grade stays on your record, it will not factor into your GPA.

  • You may only register for the same course if you previously earned a grade of C- or lower.
  • The same course can be repeated only one time for course forgiveness.
  • Effective fall 2022, a maximum of 16 units is allowed for course forgiveness and course forgiveness can be applied to lower or upper division courses.
  • You may not use course forgiveness for courses found to have been completed with academic dishonesty.
  • Beginning fall 2018, course forgiveness is applied automatically to the first attempt of a repeated course up to the course forgiveness unit limit. If you wish to adjust a course forgiveness that was applied automatically, you will need to contact your advisor for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Courses can be repeated at any time prior to the conferral of your undergraduate degree.

Yes. Course forgiveness can only be applied to courses repeated at SDSU.

Yes. Course forgiveness may be extended to courses originally taken elsewhere and repeated at SDSU. Contact your advisor for assistance. Your advisor can issue a request on your behalf, or you can submit your request via the Registrar Contact Us Form.

Course forgiveness only applies to repeats of the same course; they must contain the same number, title, and (for Experimental Topics courses) same subtitle. You may repeat the course with a different instructor. In some cases, registration in a course may have become restricted due to impaction, limitation by major code, enforcement of prerequisites, or sequence requirements (e.g. mathematics and foreign language). In those cases, you are prohibited from repeating the course unless you meet the requirements.

No. The only courses that may be repeated Credit/No Credit are those in which you previously received No Credit. If a course was previously taken for a grade, you must repeat it for a letter grade. If not, the original grade will continue to be calculated into your grade point average.

Repeating courses in which the original grade was No Credit does not require you to fill out the Course Forgiveness form, nor does it subtract from the total forgivable repeat units permitted, since the No Credit grade does not affect your GPA.

If you wish to adjust the course forgiveness applied to your record (e.g. move the course forgiveness to another course), then you should contact your advisor for assistance in determining the best course of action. Your advisor can then issue a request on your behalf, or you can submit your request via the Registrar Contact Us Form.