University of Wisconsin–Madison

🦃The Office of the Registrar is closed on Thursday, November 23, 2017 for the Thanksgiving holiday. On Friday, November 24, our office and phones are closed, but staff can answer questions emailed to registrar@em.wisc.edu.

Dates & deadlines

The academic calendar for UW–Madison is published by the Office of the Secretary of the Faculty. Using these dates, our office determines important academic deadlines for each session.

The dates published below are for the regular (main) session in the Fall and Spring terms. Please see the sidebar for links to PDF documents showing deadlines in all modular sessions.

Your school/college or major department may have other deadlines related to your courses and degree progress. Please pay attention to communications from your academic dean, your advisor, and your instructors about significant academic dates.

Dates related to tuition payments are set by the Bursar’s Office.

Fall 2017

Deadline for students to cancel Fall enrollment and have no Fall term record on transcript

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Instruction for Fall 2017 begins

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Deadline for students (except Special and Guest) to begin initial Fall term enrollment without $50 late fee

Friday, September 8, 2017

Deadline for students to drop Fall term courses without DR, or withdraw for the term without W, on transcript

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Deadline for students to drop a Fall term course and receive 100% tuition adjustment

Friday, September 15, 2017

Deadline for students to add, swap, or change sections in a Fall term course (after: need department permission)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Deadline for Special and Guest students to begin initial Fall term enrollment without $50 late fee

Friday, September 15, 2017

Deadline for students to drop a Fall term course and receive 50% tuition adjustment

Friday, September 29, 2017

Deadline for students (except Graduate) to request pass/fail or credit/audit options for a Fall term course

Friday, September 29, 2017

Deadline for students (except Graduate) to change variable credits (after: need instructor permission & dean approval)

Friday, September 29, 2017

Schedule of Classes for Spring 2018 term is published

Friday, October 20, 2017

Deadline for students to add or drop a Fall term course (after: need academic dean approval)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Deadline for Graduate students to request pass/fail or credit/audit options for a Fall term course

Friday, November 3, 2017

Deadline for Graduate students to change variable credits (after: need instructor permission & dean approval)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Enrollment appointment times for Spring term assigned to students this week

Monday, November 6, 2017

Students begin enrolling for Spring term courses according to their appointment times

Monday, November 13, 2017

Deadline for students (except Graduate) to withdraw from Fall term with W on transcript

Friday, November 24, 2017

Deadline for students to change Honors Optional course status (after: need instructor permission & academic dean approval)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Deadline for Graduate students to withdraw from the Fall term with W on transcript

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Last Fall 2017 class day

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Official degree conferral date on diploma for students graduating at the end of Fall term 2017

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Deadline for instructors to submit Fall term final grades by 11:59 pm

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Schedule of Classes for Summer 2018 term is published

Friday, January 5, 2018

Spring 2018

Deadline for students to cancel Spring enrollment and have no Spring term record on transcript

Monday, January 22, 2018

Instruction for Spring 2018 begins

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Deadline for students (except Special and Guest) to begin initial Spring term enrollment without $50 late fee

Friday, January 26, 2018

Deadline for students to drop Spring term courses without DR, or withdraw for the term without W, on transcript

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Deadline for students to drop a Spring term course and receive 100% tuition adjustment

Friday, February 2, 2018

Deadline for students to add, swap, or change sections in a Spring term course (after: need department permission)

Friday, February 2, 2018

Deadline for Special and Guest students to begin initial Spring term enrollment without $50 late fee

Friday, February 2, 2018

Deadline for students to drop a Spring term course and receive 50% tuition adjustment

Friday, February 16, 2018

Deadline for students (except Graduate) to request pass/fail or credit/audit options for a Spring term course

Friday, February 16, 2018

Deadline for students (except Graduate) to change variable credits (after: need instructor permission & dean approval)

Friday, February 16, 2018

Enrollment appointment times for Summer term assigned to students this week

Monday, March 19, 2018

Deadline for students to add or drop a Spring term course (after: need academic dean approval)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Deadline for Graduate students to request pass/fail or credit/audit options for a Spring term course

Friday, March 23, 2018

Deadline for Graduate students to change variable credits (after: need instructor permission & dean approval)

Friday, March 23, 2018

Students begin enrolling for Summer term courses according to their appointment times

Monday, April 2, 2018

Enrollment appointment times for Fall term assigned to students this week

Monday, April 2, 2018

Students begin enrolling for Fall term courses according to their appointment times

Monday, April 9, 2018

Deadline for students (except Graduate) to withdraw from Spring term with W on transcript

Friday, April 20, 2018

Deadline for students to change Honors Optional course status (after: need instructor permission & academic dean approval)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Deadline for Graduate students to withdraw from the Spring term with W on transcript

Friday, May 4, 2018

Last Spring 2018 class day

Friday, May 4, 2018

Official degree conferral date on diploma for students graduating at the end of Spring term 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Deadline for instructors to submit Spring term final grades by 11:59 pm

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dates and deadlines for all modular sessions

Add a deadline to your own calendar

  • Visit today.wisc.edu’s list of Office of the Registrar events.
  • Select an event/deadline.
  • In the details page that opens, select the “iCalendar” link to download an .ics file.
  • Open the .ics file in your calendar program.