Freshman Forgiveness

The Freshman Forgiveness Rule is intended to provide students who need the chance to repeat, under special terms, some courses in which they performed poorly during their first year of university course work.

  • If you receive a D+, D, or E in a course or courses during your freshman year (before you have earned 30 credit hours), you may retake the course, and the first grade will be dropped from your cumulative grade-point average (GPA). The record of the original grade will remain visible on your transcript.

  • You may retake the course only once, and you must retake it at Ohio State before you earn 60 hours. If you earn a worse grade the second time, that grade counts, not the higher grade, and if you earn an E in place of a D or D+, you will lose credit for the course. You can use the forgiveness rule for up to 15 credit hours. It is best to retake the course(s) as early as possible.

  • Note that credit hours earned by examination (EM credit) do not count in calculating earned hours to determine eligibility for the Freshman Forgiveness Rule; transfer credit hours generally count.
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Keep in mind that if you are considering applying to graduate or professional schools, or even to other undergraduate colleges (or schools) at Ohio State, all of your grades will be considered (including those forgiven under the Freshman Forgiveness Rule) in the admission process, and the unit considering your application may recalculate the original grade(s) into your cumulative GPA.