Grading & add/drops

The curve. Drop dates. Appeals. It can all get a little confusing.

Don't worry. Here are the answers to your biggest questions about grading and adding or dropping a class.

Adds & drops

If you're ahead of the game and want to make changes to your schedule before classes start, you can make any changes in registration through MyUI anytime prior to the beginning date of the course.

We know unexpected things happen. Sometimes there's a class that just needs to be postponed. And that's okay, as long as you do it on time. The last date for dropping courses is at the end of the 10th week of the semester, the end of the sixth week of the eight-week summer session, and the end of the fourth week of the six-week summer session. Make sure to fill out the change of registration form with an instructor signature and, if you're not a declared major, an advisor signature.

Adding a course after classes begin is a possibility, too. Get the signature of the instructor and, if you're not a declared major, your advisor on a change of registration form and turn it in to the Registrar's Office.

After deadline dates

If you need to drop courses after the deadline, you can do so through a petition for late drop. It is also possible to retroactively drop/withdraw from a course through a separate petition process.

For more information on off-cycle deadlines, please refer to Course Deadlines for the University of Iowa.

Grading guidelines

Tippie has adopted our own grading curve for undergraduate classes. Some departments will require the use of the curve while other faculty may choose not to use it in certain instances. Make sure you check your syllabus to see which route your professor decides to take.

The curve is meant to encourage some uniformity in grading while setting expectations for our students.

Grade
Core courses
Required courses
Elective courses
A 20% 30% 40%
B 40% 40% 40%
C 30% 25% 15%
D 10% 5% 5%

 

Grade appeal policy

If you want to appeal a course grade, you must do so before the end of the next full semester. You're first required to discuss your concern with the appropriate departmental executive officer (DEO). If these discussions prove unsatisfactory, make an appointment with the associate dean for the Undergraduate Program by calling 319-335-1037 or visiting C140 PBB.

Second-grade-only option

Students admitted to Tippie may use the second-grade-only option on any courses except those numbered over 3005 in ACCT, BUS, ECON, FIN, MSCI, MGMT, MKTG, and ENTR.

Policies

  • You may apply the option to up to three courses.
  • The option may be used once per course and cannot be retracted from the record.
  • A course taken at another institution may not be used under the option.
  • A UI course may not be repeated at another institution under the option.
  • If the course was first taken for a grade, it must also be the second time.
  • Pass/nonpass courses may be taken for a grade the second time.
  • Courses using this option may be taken in any mode of delivery.
  • Graduate colleges may recalculate GPA using all grades visible on the record.

Procedure

If you are using the second-grade-only option, you must register as usual for the course that is to be replaced. After the session has begun, then you should request the second-grade-only option. Once the second grade has been taken, records will be marked with "#" to show that your first grade has been replaced.

Tippie students should use the below form to request the second-grade-only option. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and prebusiness students must use the process established by CLAS

Request second-grade-only option