Repeating a Course

Taken from college policy 3010 Course Repeat

Bellevue College allows students to repeat any course to improve their skills, course grade, and cumulative grade point average (GPA). The college removes the original grade from the GPA calculation and inserts a repeat indicator (R) next to the original grade on the transcript. This means the original grade is still visible on the transcript, but is not included in the GPA calculation. The following rules apply to all instances of students repeating courses:

  • The repeat indicator is applied only to letter grades A-F received in the same course taken at Bellevue College.
    • In accordance with state board regulations, the college uses the highest grade earned when calculating the cumulative GPA.
    • Other colleges and universities may not recognize the course repeat indicator on transcripts. To avoid possible issues, students should check with other institutions prior to transferring their credits.
  • By state regulation and unless otherwise indicated in the college catalog, students may not take a course more than three times.
    • This rule applies to registration in credit-bearing or Adult Basic Education (ABE/ESL) courses, including transferred-in courses.
    • This rule does not apply to non-credit continuing education courses.  
  • The college may place restrictions on students who attempt to take a course more than once.
  • The Financial Aid Office has different rules for students who wish to repeat a course and receive funding. See Program and Funding Limitations under Financial Aid: Registration and Funding Requirements.
  • Students must register for the course they wish to repeat and pay all required tuition and fees.

Students must notify Student Central: Enrollment Services once they complete the repeated course. It is not necessary to earn a higher grade in the repeated course. The higher grade is retained in the GPA calculation and the lower grade is removed from the GPA calculation.

Request for Course Repeat Indicator


Last Updated December 30, 2019