If you're a current student who previously earned a low grade in an eligible course, you may repeat that course in a later term for grade replacement. Grade replacement gives you the opportunity to improve your cumulative GPA. (Law students are not eligible for grade replacement.)
Effective Spring 2022: Grade replacement is applied automatically at the end of each term for eligible courses and students.
Under grade replacement, the grade you earned in the most recent prior attempt of a course will still appear on your transcript, but it will be replaced in your cumulative GPA and credit totals with the grade you earn in your current attempt as long as that grade is the same or better. If a lower grade is earned in the latest attempt, grade replacement is not applied and the grades from both attempts will be used in computing cumulative and major grade point averages, total credits and academic standing.
Repeating a Course Without Grade Replacement
You can repeat courses at any point in your academic career without grade replacement by submitting an opt-out request.
If you retake a class and opt out of grade replacement, the grade and credits you earn in all attempts will be included in your student credit and GPA totals, and in calculations on your official academic record.
Note: Some academic programs have limits on the number of course repeats allowed for specific courses or number of attempts for degree applicability.
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About Grade Replacement
Only courses offered by and taken through CU Boulder are eligible for grade replacement. To qualify for grade replacement, the course also must:
Be taken for a letter grade (i.e., not taken pass/fail or for no credit).
Match the subject and catalog number or be cross-listed with the previously attempted course (e.g., WGST/SOCY 1016, CLAS 4091/5091).
Not be a special topics course or any other course designated in the catalog as repeatable for credit (e.g., independent study, field experience, dissertation hours).*
*WRTG 1100, 1150, 1160, 1250, 3020, 3030, 3035 and 3040 are eligible for grade replacement regardless of topic.
To be considered for grade replacement, you must:
Be enrolled in classes at CU Boulder (law students are not eligible; students who have already graduated are not eligible for grade replacement for courses taken prior to earning their degree).
Have earned a C- or lower (undergrads), or a C+ or lower (grad students) in your most recent prior attempt of the course (W grades don't count).
Have completed your most recent prior attempt in the same career you're in now (e.g., if you took the class as an undergraduate, you must be an undergraduate now to retake it for grade replacement).*
Have not been found guilty of academic dishonesty in either the most recent prior attempt or the latest attempt of the course. If an honor code violation occurs or is reported to our office after grade replacement has been applied, it will be revoked.
*Undergraduate nondegree and undergraduate degree-seeking students are considered to be in the same academic career. Graduate nondegree and graduate degree-seeking students are considered to be in separate careers.
You may enroll in the same class multiple times if you meet all the eligibility requirements. This includes having earned an eligible grade in the most recent prior attempt (C- or lower for undergraduate students; C+ or lower for graduate students). Some academic programs have limits on the number of course repeats allowed for specific courses or number of attempts for degree applicability
After your grade replacement request has been processed at the end of the semester, our office will update your academic record to exclude the previous credit hours and quality points from your semester and cumulative GPA. The most recent prior attempt of the course will appear on your transcript with a note about the repeat and the GPA exclusion, as well as on your degree audit and major GPA.
It's possible that you received a low grade in either your previous attempt or latest attempt due to an honor code violation, which would make it ineligible for grade replacement.
No, retaking a course will not affect your academic standing for any prior terms, nor will it retroactively affect your eligibility for honors, athletics or financial aid.
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