Important information

The goal of the reinstatement process is to provide support and resources for Iowa State University students to help them return to ISU and achieve future academic success after being dismissed. The reinstatement process assists students in creating a well thought out plan with concrete academic goals so that they can move forward to degree completion.

The following reinstatement petition process must be followed for consideration to resume your studies at Iowa State University. All petitions for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) are reviewed by the LAS Academic Standards and Admissions Committee.

Categories of reinstatement

There are several types of reinstatement that depend upon your classification level and whether this is a first or second reinstatement. Those categories include:

  1. First reinstatement – for students who have been dismissed a single time, students have to wait one full semester before they can
  2. Second reinstatement – for students who have been dismissed two times, students have to wait two full semesters before they can apply for reinstatement.
  3. Immediate or Early Reinstatement – reserved for juniors and seniors, potentially allows students to be reinstated without the one or two semester delay.

Once you have familiarized yourself with the requirements and begun assembling your supporting documents you may begin the application process. This application portal is reserved only for those seeking first or second reinstatement. Students seeking immediate or early reinstatement must submit a petition the Academic Standards and Admissions Committee.

Please pay close attention to all deadlines. Specific deadlines for petition submission are listed further down on this page. Deadlines differ depending on whether you are applying for early or immediate reinstatement or reinstatement after a first or second dismissal. Late or incomplete petitions will not be accepted.

Start your reinstatement application

The following link will direct you to sign in and begin your online reinstatement application for first or second reinstatement. You will need to use an email address that is not your Iowa State email address. The website will save your progress until you are ready to submit your complete application.


Reinstatement Deadlines
Reinstatement Term Application Deadline
First Dismissal
Application Deadline
Second Dismissal
Summer 2024 March 31, 2024 March 1, 2024
Fall 2024 July 5, 2024 June 15, 2024
Spring 2025 November 30, 2024 October 31, 2024
Summer 2025 March 31, 2025 March 1, 2025
Fall 2025 July 5, 2025 June 15, 2025

Frequently Asked Questions

No, a student is able to petition to be reinstated in to any major or college.

Yes, if you are an international student OR if you have been away from the university for more than 12 months, you will need to file the Reentry Application. Domestic students who have been away from the university for less than 12 months do not need to file a reentry application.

Proof of your current grades are required in your petition. This can be a copy of your current midterm grades or an up to date screen shot of your current grades. If these are unavailable, a copy of an official email from the instructor of the course with your current grade may be uploaded into the reinstatement petition. Final grades will be required after completion of the course(s) to finalize reinstatement.