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Repeating College Courses
Students thinking about repeating a course should talk with their advisor. Students must do all the work in the repeated course, including laboratory work; attending regularly; participating in class discussions; and taking examinations. Students will earn a final grade in the course. Such credits are indicated with an X on the transcript. Students should know that:
- The original grade counts for the cumulative and term GPA and remains on the transcript;
- The repeated course counts for the cumulative and term GPA and is on the transcript;
- Credits for a specific course will only count once toward the degree, unless the course is approved as repeatable for credit as published in Guide;
- Credits carried on courses being repeated count toward the maximum credits permitted in a semester.
Transfer students must be particularly careful to avoid taking courses on the UW–Madison campus that duplicate courses taken at another school. Credit will not be given twice for the same or similar courses, nor will credit be given for a lower-level course in a sequence if students have already received credit for a higher-level course in that sequence. Students should carefully check their transfer credit evaluation and consult with their advisor. Duplicate courses may include transfer, Farm and Industry Short Course, and Advanced Placement credits coming in as course equivalents.