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Retake Policy - Effective Fall 2017

First time takers of courses have priority in registration. Students who wish to retake a course (second attempt) may begin retake registration on or about August 15 for fall classes and on or about January 15 for spring classes, pending an open seat.  The second attempts for winter and summer classes are permitted during the open enrollment date noted on the Registrar’s Office academic calendar.

Controlled Access Courses

Seats in high demand fall and spring classes, noted as High Demand/Controlled Access (HD/CA) courses, are reserved for first time takers and new students through the end of the orientation registration period. Therefore, there is no guarantee of a seat in the case of a second or more attempt.  Students who wish to retake HD/CA courses should consider doing so in the summer and winter sessions, if possible.

AMS 102, 110, 151, 161, 310 MAP 103
ANP 300 MAT 122, 123, 125/131/141, 126, 127, 132/142
BIO 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 207, 315, 358 PHY 121/131, 122/132, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 133, 134
CHE 129/131, 132, 133, 152, 321, 322, 326 POL 201
CSE 114 PSY 201, 310
ECO 108, 303, 305, 320 SOC 202

Students are considered to have taken a course if they remain in the course past the add/drop deadline, regardless of the grade received in the course (note that a grade of 'W' does count as a grade; see here).

Credits for retaken courses will count once toward cumulative credits, but will count each time toward semester load. Each grade received in the course will be averaged into the cumulative grade point average. A retake grade does not replace the original grade.

Students who receive permission to retake a course may not exercise the G/P/NC option for that course.

Academic departments and general academic advising units may deny or deregister a student’s second or more attempt of a class(es) under certain circumstances, including:

  1. Not making sufficient major entry and/or major progress
  2. Earning below a 2.0 cumulative GPA
  3. Retaking two or more courses in the same semester
  4. Retaking a course after earning a C or better on the first attempt

Students seeking to take courses at other institutions should review course equivalencies at If a course is not already included on this list, students should seek pre-approval from the relevant department at Stony Brook and file a Transfer Course Evaluation Form with Academic and Transfer Advising Services.

Approved petitions to take a course for the third time must be picked up from the CEAS Undergraduate Student Office, and processed with the Registrar's Office to enroll in the course.

More information can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.