Academic Policies

Students must meet University, College and Departmental requirements for graduation.  Below are important College of Engineering rules and procedures.

Foreign Language Requirement

Direct from high school students first enrolled at ISU Fall 2009 or after and transfer students first enrolled Fall 2013 or after must meet the College of Engineering foreign language requirement. The College of Engineering requires two years of a single world language in high school or two semesters of college credit in a single world language. The World Language Petition document provides further information regarding meeting this requirement.

 World Language Petition (PDF)

Basic Program


 Basic Program Rule

Contact: Paul Castleberry

University Withdrawal

Students requesting to withdraw from Iowa State University should reference the University Registrar Resource site.  Resources include an action check list for students to follow if pursuing a withdrawal, links to appropriate forms, withdrawal options to consider, and what happens after withdrawing from the University.

Please see the following important University Resource Page:

Academic Warning, Probation & Dismissal

 Policy Description (PDF)


Any student who has been academically dismissed from the university and wants to return to a major within the College of Engineering needs to follow and complete the Reinstatement paperwork procedures in accordance with the listed university rules below.

University Policies regarding reinstatement can be found in the online university catalog under “Reinstatement”

  • Reinstatement is not automatic. Students must submit a plan for academic success that identifies the causes of poor academic performance and demonstrates actions taken to avoid or eliminate these.
  • Students can only be reinstated after at least one academic semester has elapsed since dismissal (summer session does not count as a semester).
  • Students who have been dismissed from enrollment two or more times are not eligible for reinstatement until at least two academic semesters have elapsed since dismissal (summer session does not count as a semester).
  • Juniors and seniors with extenuating circumstances may request a waiver of their required semesters of absence. The petition for early reinstatement must be submitted to the college Academic Standards Committee no later than Thursday prior to the start of the term.

 College of Engineering – Reinstatement Paperwork Procedures and Deadlines (PDF)

 Activity Report (PDF). Please see instructions under “Reinstatement Paperwork Procedures and Deadlines” document above.

 Program of Study (POS) (PDF). Please see instructions under “Reinstatement Paperwork Procedures and Deadlines” document above.

 Class Progress Report (DOCX). Please see instructions under “Reinstatement Paperwork Procedures and Deadlines” document above.

 All Reinstatement Forms Combined (PDF)

Policy Waivers

Students requesting an exception to university academic rules (ex. late class drop, retroactive class drop) should contact their academic adviser and submit policy waiver documentation materials by the same deadlines listed for reinstatement. For time sensitive decisions, materials can be submitted at anytime. Students who have been academically dismissed must complete the Reinstatement paperwork. Any needed policy waiver requests should be included in the reinstatement petition statement. Retroactive withdrawals should follow the University Out of Term Withdrawal process.

 Petition for Policy Waiver (PDF)

 Late Semester Start Form (PDF)

 Petition for Policy Waiver—Basic Program Extension and/or Credit Limit Increase (PDF)


The University Catalog provides students with an appeal process for academic grievances, including grade changes. This appeal process can be found at the following link.

Letters of appeal related to decisions made by the College of Engineering Academic Standards Committee should be addressed to: 1300 Marston Hall, Ames, IA 50011,, Phone: 515-294-8355. Students should work with their academic adviser on the appeal. All appeals need to include new information that the committee should take into consideration in changing their decision. New paperwork should be submitted that includes a new petition letter, academic advising statement, activity report, and any supporting documentation for new extenuating circumstance information presented.

The steps in the appeal process can be found at the following university catalog link under the section ‘Student Appeal’:

Contact Us

Engineering Student Services
1300 Marston Hall
Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-7186
Fax: (515) 294-8993