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Latest News and Updates  P/NP Policy Spring 2020 to Spring 2021  •  Contact Us Here 

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P/NP Policy

  • Spring 2021
    • P/NP policy is based on the UCI Catalogue policy
    • Major requirements may not be taken P/NP
    • Enrollment exception requests up to Friday of week 10 at 5pm will be considered (not a guarantee of approval for)
    • COM and 2nd bacc courses must be taken for a letter grade
    • WR 39A, 39AP, and 37 allow the P/NP option for students.
  • Winter 2021
    • P/NP policy is based on the UCI Catalogue policy
    • Major requirements may not be taken P/NP
    • Enrollment exception requests up to Friday of week 10 at 5pm will be considered (not a guarantee of approval for)
    • COM and 2nd bacc courses must be taken for a letter grade
    • WR 39A, 39AP, and 37 allow the P/NP option for students.
  • Fall 2020
    • Major requirements may not be taken P/NP
    • COM and 2nd bacc policies remain the same as spring (please see below)
    • Enrollment exception requests up to week 10 will be considered (not a guarantee of approval)
    • Academic Probation: Same as below, excepting major requirements

  • Spring and Summer 2020
    • For Spring 2020 students can change their grade in any manner they want, up to week 10. For Summer 2020 students can change their grade options through the end of instruction for the session in which they are enrolled.
    • Per the academic senate policy, any P/NP taken Spring and/or Summer 2020 will:
      • not impact the 12 unit P/NP rule,
      • not impact the 2 P/NP course policy for minors, Schools will use existing grades for gpa calculation
      • not impact the number of P/NP that can be taken in a single quarter.
    • ICS Major requirements: May be taken P/NP for Spring and Summer 2020 ONLY. GPAs will be calculated based on earned grades.
    • ICS Change of Major policy: One course may be taken for the P/NP option. GPAs will be calculated based on earned grades.
    • ICS AP/DQ policy: May take courses P/NP, however all courses must be earned for the Pass option in order to avoid disqualification. 


As the only computing-focused school in the University of California system, the Bren School offers a broad array of undergraduate majors and minors in virtually every principal area within its three departments — Computer Science, Informatics and Statistics — as well as many interdisciplinary topics.

We invite you to explore the links on this page, which feature our courses, majors, and policies, as well as opportunities for student life in ICS. If you need assistance with specific questions about the undergraduate student experience, please contact our Office of Student Affairs, whose information is listed below.

Contact Information

Bren School Student Affairs

ICS Building, Suite 352 
Irvine, CA 92697-3430

Email usIf you are in need of academic advising, please email (Questions submitted through e-mail will be reviewed by a peer academic advisor or undergraduate counselor. Due to the volume of e-mails received, expect to wait a minimum of 2-3 business days for a response.)

Appointments: If you are an undergraduate student and your question is complex or time sensitive, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with a counselor via Skype. To do this, please email with the subject line "Appointment Request", your major, and the reason for your appointment. 

Live Chat:

Phone: (949) 824-5156

Fax: (949) 824-4163

Kris Bolcer Director of Student Affairs
Neha Rawal Associate Director of Student Affairs
Shannon Rudder Student Affairs Assistant
Nadia Kast Senior Undergraduate Counselor
Priscilla De Lara Undergraduate Counselor
Nina Marie Federizo Undergraduate Counselor
Maribel Valentin Undergraduate Counselor
Marina Juarez Undergraduate Counselor
Lumen Hwang Instructional Support Manager
Kruthika Bhimsen Instructional Support Assistant
Vincent Deng Peer Academic Advisor
Victoria Rong Peer Academic Advisor
Albert Le Peer Academic Advisor
Srilakshmi Godavarti Peer Academic Advisor

Peer counselors have completed intensive training from the Division of Undergraduate Education and the Bren School's SAO counselors. They are available for walk-in advising in the ICS Student Affairs Office (CS Building 1, Ste. 352) during the regular academic year only.

Most walk-ins during the Fall, Winter and Spring quarters will be with a Peer Academic Advisor. For more information on when appointments and walk-ins are available and how the types of meeting differ, please see the Appointments and Walk-In Advising page. 

» Division of Career Pathways

We highly recommend that students meet with a Career Counselor each quarter.

Career Center Information:

100 Student Services 1

(Across from Student Center Starbucks)

Irvine, CA 92697-2075


Explore their website for upcoming workshops, events, career fairs and more! Please contact a Career Counselor to discuss any career-related concerns such as finding internships, full-time jobs, creating a portfolio, resume review or exploring career options. Students may also sign up for an appointment with a Career Counselor using Handshake.  Please note that appointments typically book 1-3 weeks in advance based on demand.

» Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Gopi Meenakshisundaram

Please contact the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at if you would like to discuss concerns (not related to specific academic advising), or share your thoughts and recommendations about any aspect of the Bren School's undergraduate program.