At University of Maryland University College, we want to make sure you have every opportunity to succeed. However, if you need to repeat a course, you should reach out to an advisor to discuss undergraduate course repeat guidelines, which can also be found in our undergraduate catalog.

If you have already attempted a course three times and are seeking to attempt the course for a fourth time, you will need to complete the course repeat petition form below to seek permission.

Please note: On this page, we define the term "attempt" as enrollment in a course in which the student has received a grade. Officially withdrawing from a class and receiving a mark of 'W' is not counted as an attempt for repeat limits.

Course Repeat Checklist

To repeat a course after three attempts, take the following steps:

  1. Submit a course repeat petition form by the deadlines listed below. (The form link will only work for current UMUC undergraduate students.)

    As part of the form, you will need to prepare a detailed personal statement (500-word max) and time management plan to demonstrate your commitment to passing the repeated course if permission is granted. Refer to 10 Tips for Time Management for suggestions.
  2. Contact an academic advisor to discuss the information provided on the petition form. You will want to ask your advisor how repeating the course may affect your GPA, transcript notations, progress toward degree completion, and financial aid. At the conclusion of the meeting, the academic advisor will submit a recommendation to the Undergraduate School.

    Be sure to contact the right academic advisor for your campus.

Learn more about UMUC's policy for undergraduate academic levels of progress. Graduate students should refer to the graduate catalog for information on repeating graduate-level courses.

Course Repeat Petition Form Closing Dates

Completed course repeat petition forms must be on file prior to the start of the term in which you are requesting to repeat a course. Please submit the course repeat petition form no later than 2 weeks prior to enrolling.

UMUC Student Support Services

We want to see you excel in the classroom and beyond, and we do everything we can to help you stay informed, equipped, and on track to graduate. UMUC offers a comprehensive array of services to help you succeed in your coursework.

  • Learning Resources: Explore a variety of resources, including tutoring, peer-to-peer support, electronic education materials, writing assistance, and the UMUC Library.
  • Student Life and Support: Take advantage of a wide range of student support services, such as advising, mentoring, accessibility accommodations, and more.
  • Vessey Veterans Resource Center:  Visit UMUC's one-stop source for veterans, which provides critical information to help you transition to civilian life.

I wanted college to be flexible. UMUC gave me that. Also, my experiences talking with advisors from other colleges were okay, but anytime I talk with UMUC advisors, they're always there for me…. When you're busy, people who are helpful can make a big difference.

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Active-Duty Servicemember, Automated Logistic Specialist, Army

Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree

10 Tips for Time Management

In completing the course repeat petition form, you need to develop a detailed time management plan. This should take into account your courses, studying techniques, job, and other relevant factors.

Here are some short and simple pointers to help you develop your plan.

  1. Get to know your syllabus.
  2. Make a to-do list and prioritize your work.
  3. Use time management tools, such as a calendar or planner.
  4. Allow time to learn new technology.
  5. Limit distractions when you study, such as your e-mail, phone, and TV.
  6. Communicate with your instructor in a timely manner.
  7. Involve family and friends in your education journey.
  8. Make time for yourself by taking breaks to recharge.
  9. Don't try to do it all at once.
  10. Evaluate your plan and be open to trying new strategies.