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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 a course for which we advertise tutoring, then you can get a tutor through the LRC.  In the summer, check our Summer Tutoring Page to see if we are offering tutoring in that course.  If so, please follow the directions below.

  • 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 Readiness Assessment Program

Students repeating a class that has a Math pre-requisite will need to go through the Math Readiness Assessment Program.  This includes all 100- and 200-level Math courses along with 100- and 300-level Statistics courses.

In order to succeed in a Math course, you have to have a strong foundation.  We have worked with Math Faculty to pick out the most needed pre-requisite topics for each course.  You will then need to show that you have an understanding of that material but working through various problems.  This process does take a bit of time, but will help you prepare as you ready yourself to tackle the course for the third time.

To get started, please fill out the form below. This program is all online, so once you sign-up you should be able to start within one business day.

If you cannot see this form, please log into MyUMBC and open your UMBC mail.