Office of Academic Services

Repeating Courses

A Rutgers University transcript records all courses taken at Rutgers University and the outcome (grade or withdrawal). Students may not repeat, for degree credit, courses bearing the same or equivalent course numbers, with the exception of courses designated as repeatable for credit.

Grades of F or D

The repeated course policy was revised in Fall 2014. The below policy applies to Ds earned in the Fall 2014 term or later, and to Fs earned in any semester.

In general, when a course is repeated in which the student previously earned a grade of F or D, both the original grade and the new grade remain on the transcript and in the cumulative grade-point average. However, for up to 16 credits in no more than four courses, the grade of F or D will be removed from the cumulative grade-point average if the student repeats the course. The original grade of F or D will remain on the transcript with an E prefix attached (no degree credit earned and grade does not compute in the GPA); the repeated grade will have an R prefix (degree credit is earned and grade computes in the GPA). For further explanation of these and other grade prefixes, see the section on grading under University Policies and Procedures in the New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog.

This policy may be applied anytime during the undergraduate years, but only once for a given course. The course must be repeated at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. If the student earns an F or D a second time, only the second grade will enter the cumulative grade-point average. This policy may not be applied to punitive grades of F given for reasons such as academic dishonesty. Use of this policy to remove a grade of F or D from the cumulative grade-point average does not qualify a student for retroactive nomination to the Dean's List nor does it rescind unsatisfactory scholastic standing status.

The addition of appropriate prefixing to repeated courses will occur by the end of the semester during which the repeated course has been taken. If a student feels that they repeated a course and the appropriate prefixing was not applied based on the policy above, the student may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with their name, RUID, and the course that they repeated.

Grades of D earned prior to the Fall 2014 term

The repeated course policy was revised in Fall 2014. The below policy applies to Ds earned prior to the Fall 2014 term.

When students have earned a grade of D prior to the Fall 2014 term and choose to repeat the course, credits and grades are computed in the cumulative grade-point average for both courses, but credit is subtracted from the degree-credit total for the repeated course. The repeated grade is denoted by the addition of a K prefix (no degree credit and grade computes in the GPA).  If the student earns a grade of D when taking a course for a second time and chooses to repeat the course yet again, all three grades are computed into the cumulative grade-point average, but the student receives degree credit only once because credit can be earned only once for a given course.

Grades of C and above

When students earn a grade of C or better and choose to repeat the course, it must be repeated for E credit. Courses with E prefixes do not lead to graduation credit and the grades are not computed in the cumulative grade-point average.

This policy may be applied anytime during the undergraduate years, but only once for a given course. The course must be repeated at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. If the student earns an F or D a second time, only the second grade will enter the cumulative grade-point average. This policy may not be applied to punitive grades of F given for reasons such as academic dishonesty. Use of this policy to remove a grade of For D from the cumulative grade-point average does not qualify a student for retroactive nomination to the Dean's List nor does it rescind unsatisfactory scholastic standing status.

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