The following information pertains to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Tippie College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of Nursing, College of Public Health, University College, and the Graduate College.

Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, College of Law, and College of Pharmacy maintain their own final exam schedules and generally do not follow the final exam schedule set by the Office of the Registrar.

Date, Time, and Location of Final Exams

Instructors administering final exam week/day activities are required to use the date, time, and location, if applicable, as assigned by the Office of the Registrar. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate level courses. 

Only final examinations and makeup final examinations are to be given during final examination week or on final examination days. Review sessions will be allowed prior to a course section’s assigned final examination date and time, provided classroom resources are available.

Approved Examination Periods

Examination periods are two hours in length and are as follows:

7:30am - 9:30am
10:00am - 12:00pm
12:30pm - 2:30pm
3:00pm - 5:00pm
5:30pm - 7:30pm
8:00pm - 10:00pm

While examination periods are scheduled for a two hour duration, instructors are not required to use the full two hour period.

Final Exam Schedule Publication

The final exam schedules for fall and spring semesters are published the fifth week of the semester. The final exam schedule for summer session is published on the first day of summer classes.

Until the final examination schedule has been published and all makeup final examination arrangements have been completed by faculty, faculty and students should be prepared to be on campus until the last exam period of final exam week/day. 

Conflict Minimization

When a final examination date and time are assigned to a course section, the goal is to minimize the number of qualified exam conflicts (direct or more than two exams scheduled on the same exam day) for the students. Dates and times are not assigned based on personal instructor/student preferences or a course section's regular course meeting time throughout the semester.

Utilization of Classroom Resources

When a University Classroom is assigned to a course section for a final examination, the goal is to best utilize limited classroom resources. Classroom Scheduling reserves the right to reassess final examination room assignments to address any unforeseen classroom or course examination needs. These situations may include, but are not limited to, enrollment issues, building mechanical issues, malfunctioning technology equipment, and other similar events.

Makeup Examinations

Under University examination policies, students are permitted to make up exams missed as a result of illness, mandatory religious obligations (in accordance with the University's policy on religious holidays) or other unavoidable circumstances like a death in the immediate family, jury duty, or mandatory military obligations.

Please see the Makeup Final Examinations page for information on qualified student exam conflicts and exam precedence rules.

Final Exam Assignment Change Requests

Once the final exam schedule has been published, all final exam assignment requests and changes require written approval from both the department chair (DEO) and collegiate associate dean (Dean's Office).  All requests must include the curricular reason/rationale for the requested change. Please note that even when approval has been secured, it may not be possible to accommodate exam change requests due to excessive student conflicts and/or a scarcity of classroom resources.

Change requests must be submitted using the Final Exam Assignment Change Request form found here. Only faculty and staff are permitted to use this form.

Extended Time Requests

If you are requesting a Final Exam longer than two hours for your course, approval from the departmental DEO/Chair and Dean's Office is required. Approval will need to be emailed to reg-exams@uiowa.edu before any scheduling will occur.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Policy on Administration of Final Exams

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has additional policies on the administration of final exams. For more information, visit this web site.

Winter Session Policies

No formal final examination schedule is created by the Office of the Registrar for the winter session. Final examinations during this session are to be administered before the official end of the session. Examinations may occur either during the regularly scheduled course meeting time or at a time determined by the instructor in consultation with the students enrolled in the course. Examination conflicts should be handled using the precedence rules outlined in the "Midterm or During Term Course Exam Schedule Conflict Policies."