How Does This Temporary P/NP Policy Relate to Other University Policies?

  • How many courses may a student designate as P/NP? 

Undergraduate students can utilize the temporary P/NP policy on all, some, or none of the eligible courses in which they are enrolled during the Spring 2020 semester.

  • Will it count towards my total number of P/NP designations

No. Under ordinary circumstances, undergraduate students are limited to nine P/NP credits. Courses designated as P/NP under this temporary policy in Spring 2020 will not count against the total number of P/NP credits allowed. 

  • Will these P/NP courses count towards my academic program requirements

Yes. Courses designated under this policy will count towards ISU’s curricular, major, academic progress, and graduation requirements. Before choosing the P/NP option, students should talk to their adviser; there may be future consequences of P grades to consider. Please refer to the “GPA under 2.0”and “Is there a downside to using this policy?” sections for further guidance.

  • Will a P/NP designation affect my GPA

No. Grades of P and NP are not factored into a student’s grade point average (GPA). 

  • If my overall GPA is under a 2.0, or I am on academic warning, or probation, what do I need to think about? 

Students in these situations need to consider the impact of P/NP decisions on both this semester’s GPA and their overall GPA. Students should meet with their adviser or college Student Services Office to discuss options and possible impact on academic standing. A minimum GPA of 2.0 GPA is required to earn a degree from Iowa State University.

  • How will dismissal/reinstatement statuses be affected? 

No undergraduate students will be placed on Academic Dismissal following the Spring 2020 semester. Students who were on Academic Probation Following Dismissal status, will continue in that status following the Spring 2020 semester, unless they meet the requirements to advance their academic standing in the positive direction. Please refer to the “Will my academic standing change” section for further guidance.

  • Will my academic standing change? 

UPDATED 4/13/20:

Students will start the Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 semester with the same academic status they had at start of Spring 2020. 

Students can better their academic standing (i.e., move from Academic Warning to Good Standing or move from Academic Probation to Good Standing) if they: 

(1) Meet the minimum Term and Cumulative ISU GPA requirements as outlined in the Academic Standing Policy <>; 

(2) Have at least one course that remains on a graded grading basis; and 

(3) [If applicable] Do not have any courses in which they earned a grade of “NP” (Not Pass). 

  • Will I be able to retake a course that I elected to have designated as a P/NP? 

UPDATED 4/27/20
Yes, students may retake a course that is designated to a P/NP grading basis for spring 2020. This is similar to how the original P/NP policy is implemented.

Will there be a Dean’s List for Spring 2020?
Yes. The Dean’s List will still occur for spring 2020, with one requirement change. Students will be required to have a minimum of 9-credit hours of graded work instead of 12-credit hours of graded work. The remainder of the original policy remains the same.