Dean's List

Congratulations to the high-achieving students named to the Dean’s List of their UW–Madison school or college!

The Dean’s List is published four to six weeks after the end of the fall and spring semesters. This timing allows for grade reporting, grade changes, the clearing of “incompletes,” and other end-of-semester actions.

The Dean’s List honor is noted on students’ transcripts, and students may receive a letter from their dean’s office. The University also notifies local newspapers around the country. Announcements are sent once per semester to the newspapers near the student’s home zip code.

UW–Madison schools and colleges have their own requirements for which students receive this honor. Please click on the “Dean’s List Requirements” bar below to open links to each of the schools and colleges’ requirements pages.

I think I’m on the Dean’s List, but I’m not listed on this web page, or my local newspaper didn’t publish my name.

1) Some students have requested that some personal information, including name, awards, and street addresses, not be made public. This is commonly called a “FERPA hold.” Read this help document to learn how to view and change your FERPA restrictions. Read more about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 here. If you have the kinds of holds listed above, the Dean’s List honor will be recorded on your transcript but will not be publicly acknowledged on this website or in announcements sent to hometown newspapers.

2) UW–Madison uses the student-entered home zip code listed under “Personal Information” in Student Center. Some students choose to enter a local Madison address or other address that may not reflect their hometown. Read this help document to learn how to find your home zip code in Student Center. If you have used a home zip code that does not reflect your hometown at the time the Dean’s List is published, the announcement won’t go to your hometown newspaper(s). (Also, not all newspapers publish Dean’s List students.)

3) Semester GPA is not the only requirement that must be satisfied to qualify for the Dean’s List. Other requirements may include number of graded credits taken in the semester; cumulative GPA; and student level (e.g., sophomore) based on total earned credits rather than number of semesters at UW–Madison. The requirements vary by school and college, so please see the links elsewhere on this page for details.

4) The Dean’s List can change, even in a single semester. For example, a grade change and resulting change in student GPA could affect whether a student meets their school or college’s requirements. In order to reflect these kinds of changes, we regularly update the list on this website for several months after the initial posting. However, hometown newspaper announcements are only sent once when the semester list is initially released.

If you believe you should be on this list, and none of the above applies, please contact us and we’ll investigate: 608-262-3811 |

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:

For questions or concerns, please contact:

Spring 2017 Dean’s List

Select appropriate School or College

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