Remote learning will continue for the winter 2021 quarter. Student resources remain available online. Please visit UCLA Samueli COVID-19 Information 

Academic Updates

Status of Enrollment for Winter 2021

Winter Course Enrollment

  • UCLA has shifted to mostly remote coursework.
    UCLA will further curtail its plans for in-person instruction for the quarter and greatly reduce the amount of student housing offered, in accordance with directives
    by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.   UCLA Newsroom  article
  • International Students with an F1-Visa – updates from the Dashew Center

Updates and Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Virtual Support Services



CAPS Engineering Virtual Drop-in
Free, confidential, brief support for students within the School of Engineering will be offered via Zoom
To access this service through the CAPS Satellite, Weeks 5-10 Wednesdays 11-1 pm & Thursdays 2-4pm,

Students will
Call the CAPS Front Desk (310) 825-0768
and indicate Engineering Satellite


RISE Center
Resilience is often described as the ability to “bounce back” after adversity…but bouncing back up hasn’t been so easy these days. Sometimes resilience is about battling back –digging in a little deeper to regain our motivation and efficacy. With the right tools, armor, and collective resources, this is surely achievable!  We at the RISE Center are committed to fostering and strengthening community and individual resilience at UCLA. 

Undergraduate Students

PNP Grading Option

Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021
The Undergraduate Council and the Samueli Engineering Faculty Executive Committee extended the deadline for undergraduate students to change the grading basis for
a grading optional (GrdTyp :SO) course, using MyUCLA without a petition, to:

  • Winter 2021 deadline Friday of Week 9 (March 5, 2021) with per-class fee through MyUCLA by 5pm . Normally, this deadline is Friday of Week 6.
  • Spring 2021 deadline Friday of Week 9 (May 28, 2021) with per-class fee through MyUCLA by 5pm . Normally, this deadline is Friday of Week 6.
  • Summer 2021 deadlines subject to summer session enrolled as posted at

The Samueli Engineering Faculty Executive Committee has approved the below exception for Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 to the normal P/NP policy:

P/NP courses for major and minor requirements (for Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021)
For Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021, an undergraduate engineering student in good standing may enroll in one grading optional (GrdTyp :SO) course (maximum 5 units) on a P/NP basis.  A student who has not elected the P/NP option, if eligible, in the immediate previous term (last regular term enrolled (excludes summer) ) may take two grading optional courses P/NP (maximum 10 units).

A grade of P shall be awarded only for work that would otherwise receive a grade of C or better. Courses in which a letter grade is received may NOT be repeated on a P/NP basis. Courses originally taken on a P/NP basis may be repeated on the same basis or for a letter grade.

For engineering undergraduate students, a grade of P will satisfy engineering major and engineering minor requirements for Winter 2021. Spring 2021, Summer 2021
If you are a student not in a Samueli Engineering major or minor, you need to check with the non-engineering major or minor academic counselor to determine if a grade of P is accepted for that major or minor.

Please note that choosing the pnp grading option might impact your eligibility for deans honors, latin honors or programs where criteria has a minimum graded unit requirement; therefore, it is the student’s responisibility to take that into consideration before selecting the pnp grading option.

for further information on Samueli Engineering enrollment deadlines and polices refer to

the OASA Deadlines and Enrollment Policies webpage

Filing Petitions Online
Petitions should be filed online, forms are available on our petitions webpage

Please follow the instructions on the form/s and submit both petition/s & supporting document/s electronically via the Petitions/Exceptions Message Center

Students will be notified of petition results via Message Center.

If you have any further questions, please leave a voicemail at (310) 825-9580, and we will call back in a timely manner to assist you.
Undergraduate Academic Advising Options


      At present, for the convenience of our students, Samueli Engineering undergraduate counseling sessions with our academic counselors will be virtual or online as follows:
      The UCLA campus closure will begin Saturday, December 18, 2021 – Sunday, January 2, 2022. OASA will be closed during this period.
      Messages to academic counselors will not normally be responded to during the closure nor will academic advising appointments nor walk-in advising be available during this period.


      • Online, MyUCLA Message Center [View list of counselors by major]
      • Virtual (Zoom)  or in-person appointments can be scheduled with a counselor here: [Schedule an appointment] 

        For questions on how to set up and use Zoom [Zoom Help Center]

      • Virtual ZOOM walk-in advising is available, no appointment is needed.
        Once students connect using the zoom links below, within the periods specified, the student will be brought in to advising from a virtual waiting room, based on the order the student logs in, major, and counselor availability.  Expect some wait time before your session begins.
      • If you are having trouble scheduling an appointment, send your:
        name, UID, and reason for the appointment
        to our Appointment Message Center [Send Message]
      • Effective 9/21 our updated walk-in VIRTUAL advising hours are:
        -Tuesday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am [Zoom walk-in session]
        –Wednesday 10:00 am-noon  [Zoom walk-in session]
        -Thursday 2:00 pm-4:00 pm  [Zoom walk-in session]

Graduate Students (graduate counselor’s contact information – click here)

Grading Option - Winter 2021


For Winter 2021 ONLY,
the Graduate Program faculty of each academic department have voted on it’s graduate student grading for fall as follows*:

(*please refer questions to your department graduate student affairs officer)

  • The Bioengineering Engineering Department has voted
    to keep the graduate BIOENGR grade only courses as GrdTyp LG (normal grading policies back in place for Winter 2021).
  • The Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering faculty have vote to:
    1) allow S/U OPTION grading for all regular letter grade 200-level classes
    (not including classes such as 297/298 that are regularly S/U).
    2) there is no course or unit limit
  • The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department:
    *TBA* – faculty voting
  • The Computer Science Department has voted to:
    1) Allow the S/U grading option for all 200-level computer science
    classes for Winter 2021 quarter and allow degree requirements to be
    satisfied by classes taken S/U for fall quarter.
    2) Allow graduate students to take at most one class S/U during Winter 2021
  • Engineering MSOL (Masters of Engineering, Online program)
    1) Allo 200 level ENGR courses the S/U option
    2) Limited to two (2) S/U courses for the quarter
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has voted to
    keep the EC ENGR grade only courses as GrdTyp LG (normal grading policies back in place for Winter 2021).
  • The Department of Materials Engineering faculty has voted to
    1) allow S/U option for graduate courses in Winter 2021
    2) The department did not set a limit for its students on how many classes can be S/U
  • The Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering faculty have voted to
    1) to allow the S/U option on all regular-letter MECH&AE graduate courses in Winter 2021
    2)  the MAE Department faculty have voted to allow graduate students to take up to one regular-letter class as S/U.
    Graduate Students in the MAE Department may take no more than one grade-optional course using S/U grading.

If a student is repeating a course that was initially taken for a letter grade, the student must repeat the course on letter grade basis as is detailed in the UCLA catalog.
Students not in good academic standing* should consult with their graduate student affair officer if considering this S/U option.
**good academic standing means that a student earned a B (3.0) average for the most recent completed term and a cumulative B (3.0) average in all University work. 

Keep in mind to earn an S grade the student’s grade in the course needs to be a B or higher.

Graduates that take a P/NP undergraduate-level course will receive a S/U grade basis.  Grading is student-driven, not course driven (unless it’s mandatory).  Even if the course is mandatory P/NP, a graduate student will be converted to a S/U grade basis.