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)

Academic Standards Resources

Any student who has been academically dismissed from the university and wants to return to a major within the College of Engineering needs to complete the Reinstatement paperwork process. Typically, students will need to wait one academic semester (for 1st dismissal) or two academic semesters (for 2 or more dismissals) before petitioning to be reinstated in accordance with the university reinstatement policy found under “Reinstatement” in the online university catalog. Students with an extenuating circumstance who request an exception to this wait-time should submit the regular reinstatement paperwork by the posted deadlines. Petitions for an immediate reinstatement (where a student has not been away for a semester) will not be considered after Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. during the first week of classes for the semester.


Students requesting reinstatement into the College of Engineering should contact an academic adviser in the college and the major that they wish to obtain their degree in and submit documentation materials by the deadline to the Engineering Academic Standards Committee. Students must have at least a 2.25 grade-point average for all transfer courses taken while dismissed from Iowa State University to be considered for reinstatement, but this is not the only criteria that will be used. The committee will look at each student’s petition materials holistically to decide upon readiness to return. Positive indicators of readiness may be items such as number of problem solving classes taken, grades of ‘C’ or better in classes taken, leadership responsibilities at place of employment, full-time employment, etc. The committee will consider all student activities and petition materials submitted to determine a reinstatement decision regarding readiness to return to the rigors of the engineering curriculum.

 All Reinstatement Forms Combined (PDF)

 Reinstatement: policies, procedures and deadlines (PDF)

 Activity Report (PDF)

 Program of Study (POS) (PDF)

 Class Progress Report (DOCX)

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)


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