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Course Repeat Policy
and Petition Process

Students may not register for a course more than two times. Students are considered registered for a course if they are enrolled after the end of the schedule adjustment period. Students may petition the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) for a third and final attempt of a course taken at UMBC or another institution. An attempt is defined as enrollment in a course, or its equivalent at another institution, in which the student has received a grade or an official withdraw was given. This includes credit by exam or if a student withdraws from the entire semester/session. Students should consult with their academic departments for additional restrictions or policies regarding repeated courses.

The complete checklist for petitioning to take a course for the third time can be found on the the OUE website and includes two items that involve the LRC.

Students taking a course for the third time are required to have a tutor. During the fall and spring semesters, if the course is a 100- or 200-level course, or is on our courses tutored list, then you can get a tutor through the LRC.

  • First sign up for a tutor using this Tutoring form
  • Bring the completed Tutor Contract (attached to the checklist) up to our main office at Sherman Hall, Room 345. The LRC will fill out the bottom part of the contract.
  • Then take the contract over to the OUE office, Sherman Hall, Room 114 to turn it in as a completed part of your petition.


If you have questions about whether we offer tutoring for your course, feel free to email us.


Math Diagnostic Testing
Students repeating a class that has a Math pre-requisite will need to take a Math Diagnostic Test. This includes all 100- and 200-level Math courses, 100- and 300-level Statistics courses, 100-level Physics courses, CHEM 301, and CMSC 203.


Exceptions to the Math Pre-requisite policy are 300-level Math courses and any other CMSC course other than 203.  Students repeating those courses do not have to fulfill the Math Diagnostic part of the petition.


These tests are to discover if you have any weaknesses in your math background that should be remedied before attempting a class for the last time.


To schedule a Math Diagnostic, please fill out the form below. This testing is done in person only and should be done at least a month before the semester starts so you have the time needed to relearn any lost material.  If you cannot test in person, then still fill out the form, state that, and we will just assign you the maximum number of topics to review.

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Links: Office of Undergraduate Education | Honors College | Meyerhoff Scholars Program | Sherman Scholars | Women's Center

Learning Resources Center Sherman Hall, Room 345, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250 | Phone: 410-455-2444 | Fax: 410-455-1057 | Email: lrc