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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Repeated Courses

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One of the ways that undergraduate students can improve their GPA is to repeat courses.

Repeating a course is retaking the same course or a course judged to be similar enough to be considered the same. When this is done and reported to the Office of the Registrar, the last course taken will retain its earned credits and be included in the GPA. The previous course (or courses, if the same class has been repeated before), will no longer earn credit and not be included in GPA calculations.

There is no limit to the number of different courses that may be repeated. However, any particular course can only be repeated twice. In other words, a given course can only be taken at most three times--the first completion of the course and two repeats of that same course.

This policy only applies to courses taken at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  Transfer courses can be used in repeat situations, but they are not counted within the total enrollments of a course being at most three (mentioned above).

Even though courses are repeated and removed from the GPA, they still are shown on transcripts with their grades. Repeated courses also count as attempted credits and affect a student's completion rate.

Repeats are normally processed at the end of the semester after grades have been posted through an automated process.

A paper repeat form is also available to ensure that the repeat is caught and processed in a timely manner. The repeat form can be accessed by clicking [PDF] Repeated Course form (411 KiB) . This form is available at the Campus Hub or the Office of the Registrar.

It is also the case that during the registration process a student may be prohibited from enrolling in a course, if they have already taken the course three times.

Repeats involving transfer work must be approved by the department of content of the courses. Students should inquire of those content departments and utilize the [PDF] Repeated Course form (411 KiB)

The complete details of the repeat policy can be found at the [PDF] Academic Affairs website (213 KiB).

Appeals to this policy are to be made using the [PDF] Course Repeat Appeal form (320 KiB).

Repeated Courses for Financial Aid Purposes

There is a separate policy on repeating courses for financial aid purposes. For more information, go to:

Questions concerning repeated undergraduate courses should be directed to

Records and Grades

room:  WA 132; phone:  389-2577