Pass/Non-pass (P/N) Grading and Frequently Asked Questions

The College of Engineering has adopted a temporary grading option for all undergraduate courses offered during Spring 2020. This policy applies to all courses regardless of format (in person converted to virtual classroom or courses that were already online) offered this semester. This and other temporary policy changes are outlined on the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost webpage.

You can find detailed information about the P/N grading option on the Office of the Registrar's Webpage.

Highlights of the P/N Grading option:

  • The deadline to elect P/N in MyUI is Friday, May 8, 2020. However, if after grades are published, you realize you’d prefer to change to P/N or to change to a letter grade from P/N, you will have until Friday June 5, 2020 (Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 4:30pm for spring 2020 graduating seniors) to submit a request (online workflow form available here). For requests made after June 5, 2020, a formal appeal will be required (online workflow form available here).   
  • A grade of C- will be required to receive a P and credit for a course with the P/N option, while a D- is still considered passing for all courses in the College of Engineering under the letter grade option.
  • Any grade lower than a C- will translate to N, and no credit will be awarded.
  • Neither the P nor the N will affect your GPA.
  • Grades of P during Spring 2020 will count towards curricular, major, academic progress, and graduation requirements. This includes courses that serve as prerequisites and corequisites.


It is recommended that you use ICON, your syllabus, and your instructor to get an accurate picture of where your grade currently stands in the course. Utilize the MyUI GPA Calculator or the Office of the Registrar’s GPA Calculator to determine your GPA based on graded coursework.


Learn about making a decision regarding the P/N option


Elect to opt-in to P/N grading through MyUI

Advising Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can add most courses on MyUI without any required approvals until Sunday, January 31 at 11:59 p.m. Search for the course on the “Course Type” search on MyUI  ̶  Courses and Registration (scroll below the list view of your current courses.) Once you identify an open section that works in your schedule, register directly by clicking on the blue “Enroll” link on the right side.  
  • Starting Monday, February 1, you will need to request permissions/authorizations and follow the process outlined on the University Registrar’s website
  • The last day to add most academic courses without Dean’s approval (which requires extenuating circumstances) is Friday, February 5 at 4:30 pm.  
  • You can change sections on your own on MyUI without any required approvals until Sunday, January 31 at 11:59 p.m.. Log into MyUI  ̶  Courses and Registration. On the list view of your courses, scroll to the section you would like to change and click the “Change” link on right side of the page. Select “Change Section” and choose your desired section from the list of available options. Click to confirm the change.
  • Starting Monday, February 1, you will need to request permissions from the instructor of the new section and follow the process outlined on the University Registrar’s website.  
  • Search for the course on the “Course Type” search on MyUI  ̶  Courses and Registration (scroll below the list view of your current courses.) Click on the blue “Add to Waitlist” link on the right side of the page. To increase your chances of enrolling quickly, add yourself to as many waitlists as will work in your schedule; make sure you check for schedule conflicts with your current courses.
  • Continue to monitor email and text messages closely – seat offers expire after 24 hours.
  • Keep checking MyUI to see if seats have opened up in any other sections of the course that may work for you - seat availability changes frequently.
  • MyUI waitlists are only active until Sunday, January 31 at 11:59pm. In order to add a course after that time, you will need to receive instructor permission. Contact the instructor listed in MyUI and follow the instructions to add a course.
  • See the Registrar's website for more information about waitlists.
  • Most students can drop a class on MyUI without any permissions/authorizations until Sunday, January 31 at 11:59 p.m. Log into MyUI  ̶  Courses and Registration. On the list view of your courses, select the “Drop” link on right side of the page. Ensure that you click through all of the required screens to confirm the drop. International students and athletes may need to request additional permissions for a drop; specific instructions will be provided when initiating the online process.
  • Starting Monday, February 1, you will need to request permission/authorization from your academic advisor on MyUI. You can initiate the process by clicking on the “Drop” link on right side of the page. Be sure to click through all of the pages to fully initiate the drop. Your academic advisor is not automatically notified of your request, so you should email them to request they authorize your drop. Once your advisor grants permission, you must log back into MyUI and complete the drop process.
  • Friday, February 5 by 4:30 pm is the last day to drop a class without a ‘W’ on your transcript. A ‘W’ on the transcript means you withdrew from a course. Please reach out to your advisor or utilize academic advisors’ daily drop-in hours with any questions about dropping classes. If you are thinking of withdrawing from all of your courses, log-in to virtual drop-in hours to speak with an academic advisor and review the process.  
  • A red asterisk (*) on your schedule indicates that there is a conflict between course times. Take a close look at the class times and ensure that none of your lectures, labs, or discussions overlap. To resolve these conflicts, follow the instructions to change sections or log-in to virtual drop-in hours to speak with an academic advisor for assistance.
  • If you cannot spot overlapping course times, the conflict may be a mid-term exam that is scheduled during the regular meeting time for another course. You should plan to attend your regularly scheduled course and email the professor giving the exam to set-up an alternative testing time. This is quite common, so do not stress, but make sure you make arrangements with your professor well in advance.
  • Beginning Monday, January 25, and continuing through the entire spring semester, you can schedule an individual advising appointment by clicking on the Advising Appointment tile on MyUI or by calling 319-335-5763. Use these meetings to discuss your major plans, future classes, elective focus areas, minors, honors, and/or anything else you would like to talk through.
  • Students with faculty advisors: Many faculty members do not utilize the MyUI appointment system during the semester, so just email or call their office to request a time to meet. You can also contact your department’s office with questions or check the College of Engineering Virtual Hub on ICON to view the Engineering Registrar’s drop-in hours (under the Have Questions? Contact Information module).
  • Beginning Monday, January 25, and continuing throughout the entire spring semester, academic advisors and peer advisors will be holding virtual drop-in hours. Click here to sign-in with your HawkID.
    • Academic Advisors: Monday-Friday, 1:00-2:00 pm – use for making schedule changes for the spring semester or for quick, time-sensitive questions.
    • Peer Advisors: Monday-Friday, 1:00-3:00 pm – visit their website for more information including their schedule, bios, and contact information.
  • You can add most minors and certificates on your own on MyUI  ̶  Student Information  ̶  Programs of Study & Advisor. You can then request a new degree audit to review the course requirements.
  • Pre-health: Contact the Academic Advising Center directly: or (319) 353-5700 to request an additional pre-health advisor to assist you.
  • WITHIN ENGINEERING:  Complete the “Change of Major/Program of Study” form on the Academic Forms page. Your major will be changed and a new advisor assigned (if needed) within one week.
  • OUTSIDE of ENGINEERING:  Visit virtual drop-in hours as soon as possible to meet with an academic advisor to review the process of changing colleges.
  • NEW! Are you interested in improving your academic habits, test taking skills, time management, or ability to bounce back in stressful situations? Join one of the academic success workshops specifically offered to engineering students this spring to learn tips and strategies that you can use to help you achieve your academic goals. More information about these workshops can be found on the College of Engineering Virtual Hub on ICON.
  • The College of Engineering offers a wide range of academic support resources for students. You are encouraged to visit Engineering Tutoring, offered via Zoom, Sunday – Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Tutoring will begin on Monday, January 31. 
  • Are you interested in finding a study group? Join the College of Engineering Study Tables! Click here to learn more.
  • Additional University of Iowa campus resources are listed here – we encourage you to try different resources to find the one(s) that will work best for you!