Course Repeatability

State regulations restrict the number of times a student may enroll in a course within a community college district. The number of times a student may enroll in a course is based on whether the course is designated “repeatable” or “non-repeatable.” Most credit courses completed at Saddleback College with a satisfactory grade (A, B, C, P, or CR) or an Incomplete (I) are non-repeatable and may only be repeated if another educational institution to which a student seeks to transfer requires the course to be taken more recently than that student’s last enrollment in the course. Students who receive a Withdrawal (W) may repeat the course.

Non-Repeatable Courses

Most credit courses are designated as "non-repeatable" and are limited to only one enrollment. However, under current repetition rules, students are permitted to enroll in a non-repeatable course up to a maximum of two additional times to replace a substandard grade (D, F, NP, or NC) or if they withdrew from the course and received a W on their transcript.

Repeatable Courses

Some courses in which skill development may require more than one semester may be repeated. These courses are designated with an "R" code and a number indicating the number of times the course may be repeated. This code is listed in the college catalog following the course description. If a course is identified as a repeatable course and a student earns a substandard grade (D, F, NP, or NC), the course repeat limitations do not change.

Repetition to Alleviate Previously Earned Substandard Grade

To alleviate a substandard grade in calculating GPA, the student should re-enroll in the same course or take an equivalent course at another accredited college. A student may request to have the substandard grade disregarded in the computation of their GPA by submitting a Class Repeat Annotation Request to the Office of Admissions and Records.

If Saddleback College determines course equivalency, up to the first two substandard grades received at Saddleback College may be annotated. To ensure the integrity of academic history, the substandard letter grade(s) originally assigned for the course will remain visible on the transcript, but will no longer be computed in your cumulative grade point average. Only the most recent course grade earned will be used in calculating the student's GPA.

Legally Mandated Training

Course repetition may be permitted in instances when such repetition is necessary for a student to meet a legally mandated training requirement as a condition of continued paid or volunteer employment. A petition for this exception may be filed with the Office of Admissions and Records using the Petition to Repeat a Course.

Repetition for Special Circumstances

Under special circumstances, repetition of credit courses may be permitted. In order to be considered under special circumstances, the student must file a Petition to Repeat a Course through the Office of Admissions and Records prior to the start of the semester.