University Requirement for C or Better in English 250

The University requirement of C or better in English 250 went into effect fall 2018 (2018-2019 Iowa State University Catalog).

This requirement does not apply to students who entered Iowa State University under prior catalog years.

Below is the “Catalog in Effect” policy from the current Iowa State University Catalog (2023-2024). The statement about “enrollment” is interpreted to be enrollment at any college/university after graduation from high school.

Catalog in Effect

A student may choose to graduate under the catalog in effect at the time of graduation or a catalog for the previous six years, provided it covers a period of the student’s enrollment at an accredited college or university. Full requirements of the chosen catalog must be met except that adjustments will be made in instances where courses are no longer available or where programs have been changed.

Student must retake English 250 if they fail to receive a C or better grade. No exceptions.

If you have any further questions about this university requirement, please contact your College Student Services Director.


 In response to the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020, Iowa State University adopted a temporary Pass/Not Pass grading option for undergraduate courses impacted by the transition to virtual instruction, effective immediately (March 20, 2020). The Pass/Not Pass option applies to undergraduate courses intended to be in-person throughout spring 2020, but which were changed to virtual instruction as a result of COVID-19.

Updated April 13, 2020: This temporary policy also applies to courses that were designated to be taught fully online at the start of spring 2020 semester (e.g., courses with a section designator starting with an “X”).

  • The University allowed the Pass for English 250 for spring 2020 semester to meet the University requirement of a C or better in English 250. 
  • English 150 “T” (test-out) credit will also be granted if the student received a Pass and was placed in English 250 due to placement based on an official ACT-E, SAT-ERW, or SAT-CR score.