Grade Forgiveness

Here are some things every Ohio State student should know about Grade Forgiveness…

For every Grade Forgiveness request, you must complete the online request form on the Registrar’s website

  • The deadline for Grade Forgiveness depends on the length of the class, but a good rule of thumb for you to safely beat the deadline regardless of class format is to always complete your Grade Forgiveness request by the end of the first week of the 2nd attempt. Even better: complete the form as soon as you sign up for the second attempt.*
    • The Grade Forgiveness online request form must be submitted by the 10th Friday for Autumn and Spring full semester courses. (See Important Dates on the Registrar’s website for deadlines for session and summer courses*).
    • You can check the status of your Grade Forgiveness request here:
  • Ohio State students get three opportunities to use Grade Forgiveness. You can choose any three classes you want, but both attempts of the class need to be completed at Ohio State. Only a second attempt can forgive the first attempt at Ohio State. A third attempt cannot forgive a second attempt, for example.
  • The grade for the first attempt will not be removed from your GPA until after the final drop deadline (10th Friday) has passed.
  • Also, most departments will not allow you to successfully complete a class and then go back in sequence to forgive a previously taken class.
    • So, for example, if you want to forgive a “D” in CHEM 1210, you should not go on to CHEM 1220 before your 2nd attempt of CHEM 1210!!
    • Another example, this time using Math: if you opt to forgive a “C-” in MATH 1149, you should retake MATH 1149 before you take MATH 1151.
  • When retaking a course, with or without grade forgiveness applied, you must submit new work for assignments. You cannot copy your work (i.e. homework, papers, research, projects, presentations, or other assignments) from your previous attempt of the course to satisfy requirements for the next attempt of the course. Submitting work completed during your previous attempt of the course is academic misconduct.
  • Reminder, the first attempt grade will still remain on your transcript and some graduate and professional schools will re-calculate your GPA to include both grades (first attempt and second attempt) during the admission process.
  • It’s always a good idea to think about whether or not now is a good time to retake a challenging class.
    • Would it be best to take a break from a class, build some confidence THEN retake a class for Grade Forgiveness?
    • Are there other majors you are now considering that won’t require you to retake a class in which you did poorly?
    • And, if you do decide to retake a class while on probation, what is your plan to do better in the second attempt?


* The “rule of thumb” above (complete the Grade Forgiveness form by the end of Week 1 of the 2nd attempt) does not give you the actual deadlines. The actual deadlines can be found on the Registrar’s website.