Academic and Student Success Updates during the COVID-19 crisis

The Engineering Student Success Team (eSST) is here for you!

Our physical office spaces in the College of Engineering are closed until face-to-face instruction resumes at the University of Iowa, but we are still available virtually for support as you navigate the many new academic and personal challenges created during this COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out by email to any of the members of the Engineering Student Success Team with your questions, concerns, or calls for help this semester. You can find all of our contact information on the eSST directory.

Below you will find updates from the Engineering Student Success Team.

COVID-19 Updates

First Year Advising 

The first year advisors in the Student Development Center will be advising remotely through phone or zoom appointments while face-to-face instruction is suspended at the University of Iowa. Students can schedule an appointment with their advisor on MyUI as usual. 

The first year advisors are still offering Advisor On-Call Hours, Monday-Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm CT. Call 319-335-5763 to be connected to the Advisor On-Call. These hours are for quick questions. Students will not be authorized during On-Call hours; they need to schedule a regular appointment with their advisor for authorization.

Steps to achieve registration authorization for Spring 2020:

  • Appointments are still required to receive authorization for registration.
  • Schedule an appointment through MyUI
  • Fall registration will now take place between April 20-May 1. Individual registration dates and times are available on MyUI. Students should schedule their appointment before their registration date. 
  • In order to prepare for an effective advising appointment, students should take these 5 steps before meeting with their advisor:
    • Request a new degree audit and review it to ensure it is accurate
    • Consult their major’s Curriculum Guide 
    • Consider summer course options, at the University of Iowa or elsewhere
    • Review Fall 2020 course descriptions and requirements on MyUI
    • Add courses planned for Fall 2020 to the Schedule Builder cart

Faculty Advising 

Faculty Advisors are authorizing students through a combination of virtual appointments and email communication. If students have not already heard from their faculty advisor, they are encouraged to send them an email to determine the best form of communication to receive authorization for Fall 2020 registration. 

Steps to achieve registration authorization for Spring 2020:

  • Request a degree audit and review academic progress
  • Students should email their faculty advisor with the following information when scheduling or prior to a scheduled appointment: 
    • In the subject of the email, include name, hawk ID, ID number, and FALL 2020 Registration  
    • In the body of the message include graduation date, planned schedule for Summer 2020, planned schedule for Fall 2020, and plans for the next two semesters (fall and spring)
    • List course changes (if needed) that will be made in your Plan of Study/EFA  
    • Questions and/or concerns

The University of Iowa has made many changes in response to COVID-19. Some highlights are posted below, but please also refer to the following webpages for additional information: 


Early Registration, Transcript Notation, Course Drops and Semester Withdrawal, and the Pass/Non-pass Grading Option

The University of Iowa has made some temporary changes to academic policies and deadlines including Early Registration dates, Transcript notation for COVID-19, course drops and semester withdrawal dates, and the optional P/N grading option for Spring 2020 in response to COVID-19. Students can find these temporary changes outlined on the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost webpage. Please note the following in relation to the changes outlined on the Provost's webpage:

  1. P/N grading option: Information for P/N, including a series of frequently asked questions (FAQ) is available here: Pass/Non-pass (P/N) Grading and Frequently Asked Questions
  2. Drop deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020.
  3. Withdrawal deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020.

Students are advised to discuss their plans to elect the P/N grading option, drop a individual course, or withdrawal their entire registration with their academic advisor. 


Probation and Dismissal

Students on academic probation during the spring 2020 semester are not subject to dismissal after the end of the spring 2020 semester.  

No student in College of Engineering will be dismissed after spring 2020 semester grades post. All Engineering students currently on academic probation during the spring 2020 semester will be either restored to good standing or continued on academic probation, depending on the student's GPA after spring semester grades post. Students will need to achieve a 2.0 UI Term and 2.0 UI Cumulative GPA in 9sh or more of graded coursework to be restored to good standing.

Students may still be placed on probation for the fall 2020 semester if they do not achieve a 2.0 UI term GPA of 2.0 or higher in graded coursework. 

Please note: The following grades do not affect the UI Term GPA: AUS, AUU, IP, N, P, S, U. The following marks do not affect the grade-point average: I, O, R, W. See the Registrar's website for additional grading system information. 


Dean's List and President's List

For the spring 2020 semester only, College of Engineering degree candidates who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher in nine (9) semester hours or more of UI graded coursework and who have no “I” marks (incompletes) or “O” marks (no grade reported) on their records for spring 2020 will be recognized by inclusion on the Dean's List for the spring 2020 semester. The Dean’s List is reported in a University of Iowa News Release at the end of every semester for students who have not restricted release of information to the public. 

University of Iowa undergraduates who achieve a grade point average of 4.00 in 12 semester hours or more of UI graded coursework and who have no “I” marks (incompletes) or “O” marks (no grade reported) on their records for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer session) are recognized by inclusion on the President's List. For the spring 2020 semester only, a minimum of nine (9) semester hours of UI graded coursework will be permitted for inclusion on the President's List. The President’s List is reported in a University of Iowa News Release at the end of every semester for students who have not restricted release of information to the public.

In this section, we have highlighted how many of the resources offered by the Engineering Student Success Team have been modified to provide support virtually.

The University of Iowa and the surrounding community also have many resources available to support students during this unprecedented time in history. Please check out these links to find additional resources: 




Engineering Career Services

Do you have questions about full-time jobs, co-ops, or internships? Do you need to register your internship or co-op with the College? Engineering Career Services is still here to help students prepare for the fairs and to support their career success. Find more information by visiting the Career Services webpage

If you have any co-op or internship changes, delays, or updates due to the ongoing world pandemic, please email Travis Greenlee directly. Having this information helps us help you!


Engineering Registrar Services

Reinstatement; Academic Policies; Withdrawal; Degree Audit; Transfer Credit; EFA/Track Plan of Study; Forms; Registration Issues; Policies; Academic Record; Course Scheduling; Etc.

Drop In Hours: Tuesday- Thursday 1-3 p.m. Zoom:  

Phone: 319-335-5768 or 319-335-6026


By appointment: MyUI/Advsing Appointment/College of Engineering/ Megan Allen  


Engineering Library

The Engineering Library physical space is closed to the public for the foreseeable future. We will still have online chat available from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. each weekday.

Books and articles can still be scanned and emailed to you. Equipment and tools in the library will still be available for checkout on an appointment basis. Please email Kari Kozak or the Engineering Library email.

Additional updates to Libraries operations, such as information on accessing library materials remotely and renewing due materials, will be posted here, on our web site home page, and through social media channels as information becomes available. We will also be available through our phone (319-335-6047) or email.

QUESTIONS: Please contact Kari Kozak.


Engineering Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors are still available to assist with advising and career prep questions. Please email a peer advisor to get your questions answered about your major, or the major(s) you are interested in, or to set up a time to connect virtually. Learn more here. You can find a list of peer advisors and their contact information on the Peer Advisor webpage.  


Engineering Tutoring

Starting Monday, March 30, 2020, through the end of the semester, Engineering Tutoring will use Zoom to connect with students interested in receiving academic support. Engineering Tutoring hours remain the same, Sunday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m. To access the resource, students will need to sign up prior to 4:30 p.m. on the day they wish to attend tutoring. Please refer to the Engineering Tutoring webpage for more information and links to sign-up to attend.


Hanson Center for Technical Communication

Starting March 30, 2020, through the end of the spring semester, HCTC appointments will be conducted as an ONLINE REVIEW. There is no meeting for these appointments. To schedule an appointment and learn more about the online review format, please visit the HCTC website.

College of Engineering Student Leadership Awards – Nominations now open!

Nominate a student organization, event/program, or individual for a College of Engineering Student Leadership Award!

Despite the global pandemic and our shift to virtual learning, the annual College of Engineering Student Leadership Awards are STILL HAPPENING VIRTUALLY!  

These awards exist to honor College of Engineering students for outstanding leadership and service.  Awards are given in several categories. The purpose of these awards is to foster a sense of pride, recognize the accomplishments of Engineering students and student organizations, and encourage students to seek out leadership experiences. There are also awards to recognize professional staff members as well.

More information about each award and the awarding process can be found here!

View a flyer about the awards!

CLICK HERE TO NOMINATE! – Nominations are open until April 19th, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.


Engineering Student Success Team jobs (2020-2021) – Apply now!

Employment in the College of Engineering offers much more than a paycheck. The opportunities available will help you develop a variety of skills including communication, professionalism, and teamwork.

Please note that the deadlines to apply for these Engineering Student Success Team jobs have been extended and posted for each position on the College of Engineering Student Employment Opportunities website.

Opportunities include:

  • Student Ambassador
  • Engineering Tutor
  • Hanson Center Writing Tutor
  • Engineering Peer Advisor
  • Engineering Inclusion Agent
  • sTAtics Jedi (Statics TA) and CircuiTAtor (Circuits TA)
  • Teaching Assistant for ENGR and department-specific coursework

Click here to explore how you can work in the college and grow as a student leader!