If you receive an F in a course, you can simply retake the course for a letter grade. While the F will still show up on your transcript, it will not be calculated into your GPA. Only the new grade you receive will be counted. You may repeat any class in this manner if you receive below a D+, and you may only repeat up to 12 units of coursework. After that, you do not receive units and the grade does not count, however it does show up on your transcript. While failing a course is not the end of your academic life at Cal, it is important to find resources and tutors who can assist you in improving your academics.
Repeating classes:If you receive a C grade or higher in a class, we do not recommend that you retake the course. It will only be a waste of your time. When you apply to medical school each grade is treated equally regardless of how many times you have taken the class. You should only retake a class in which you received a C grade or higher if you did not learn the subject matter well enough to do well in subsequent classes and on the MCAT. You should repeat classes in which you received a C- or below.
A “NP” grade does count as an “F” on the law school applications. AMCAS may
assign an F to a NP grade. “W” grades are never factored into the GPA for admission
purposes. A+ grades do not count for more than 4.0 in GPA calculations for medical and
law school applications.
committee’s impressions of the D or F are generally worse than of a W. Avoid the D’s
and F’s.Students often ask us near the 4th and 9th week drop/change deadlines if they should drop
a class or change a grading option. We generally tell them that if they don’t have any
W’s, or very few of them, that a W will not hurt like a C, D or F might, especially for
medical school. They may be asked to explain the W in an interview, but that will
generally be less damaging than a D or F on the record, which brings down the GPA.
Do law schools count a “P” grade as a “C”? This is absolutely not true. “Law Services”,
the application service, does not count a “P” grade into the undergraduate college GPA.
When applying to law and most medical schools, all repeated course grades are
counted into the overall GPA (both the original grade and the repeated grade). UCSD
allows the first four repeated courses’ grades to be omitted from the UCSD GPA
calculation; not so for law schools, as well as all allopathic (M.D.) medical schools. D.O.
(osteopathic) schools do omit first grades in their calculations.