Several weeks after the close of every fall and spring semester, UW-Madison names high-achieving students to its Dean’s List. Students may receive a letter from their school or college recognizing this important achievement, which is noted on their transcript.
The University sends notices of Dean’s List honorees to local newspapers across the state and country. Announcements are typically sent to the largest circulation newspaper in the student’s home zip code and take six to eight weeks to process after the end of each semester. Students must have a valid home address on file with the University for this information to reach a hometown newspaper, and announcements cannot be sent for students who have placed a hold on the release of their name, awards, and/or home address.
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Dean's List Requirements
To be eligible for the Dean's List, students must complete a minimum of 12 graded degree credits in that semester.
Each school or college sets the semester GPA requirements to receive an honor and defines the name of the honor. (See links below.) Most call the honor "Dean's List," but some do not, and some have more than one level of honor. For example, the School of Human Ecology grants "Dean's Honor List" and "Dean's High Honors" depending on the semester GPA of the student.
Questions about a particular student's eligibility for the Dean's List should come from the student, due to privacy laws, and should be directed to the student-affairs section of the Dean's office in the school or college in which they are enrolled.
Dean's List requirements of each school or college:
- College of Ag & Life Sciences
- College of Letters & Science
- School of Human Ecology
- School of Business
- School of Education
- College of Engineering
- School of Nursing
- School of Pharmacy
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